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October 22, 2018
Unseasonably warm weather made for a perfect day to tee off during Ashland Community and Technical College’s golf scramble on Monday, Oct. 8. This was the fifth annual event, which raises money for ACTC’s foundation that administers student scholarships. Proceeds from this year’s event at Bellefonte Country Club, brought total earnings for student scholarships through the golf scramble to a milestone $100,000 since the event began. “We are so thankful for the leadership that Dr. Bruce Schaffer has provided in working with our Foundation Board and sponsors to make our annual golf event a huge success,” Dr. Larry Ferguson, ACTC president and CEO, said. “Through their efforts we are providing opportunities for scholarships that will change students’ lives.” Funds were raised through team registration, 25 hole sponsors and five corporate sponsors: Clark’s Pump-N-Shop, AEP Kentucky Power, Karlene Putnam and Jay (John) and Diane Hannah, Braidy Industries and Community Trust Bank. Twenty teams participated with Marathon Refinery’s team taking first place. Team members were Jeff Porter, Dave Rice, Greg Jackson and Kenny Patrick. DESCO Credit Union took second place, with Clark’s Pump N Shop taking third place. It was a great day with beautiful weather to play golf,” said Brooke Seasor, director of resource development at ACTC. “Because of this event, we are seeing students’ lives change with the help of all our golfers, hole sponsors and corporate sponsors.”
September 25, 2018
Kearsten Peters, of Greenup County, was awarded the Rick Ritchason Memorial Scholarship by Build Ashland. The Ashland Community and Technical College freshman was chosen to receive the $3,000 scholarship because of her extensive volunteer service. Wes Thompson, board member of Build Ashland, said Peters’ application was “impeccable” and imbodied the meaning behind the scholarship, which was created in memory of Rick Ritchason and his commitment to community service. “He was the embodiment of volunteerism,” Thompson said. “He was with everything from Build Ashland to Ashland in Motion, Summer Motion, River Cities Harvest. If you went anywhere you ran in to Rick. Rick was just and endlessly positive person. When he passed away, we decided we wanted to do something to honor him and this scholarship idea came up.” During her high school years, Peters was actively involved in community service activities organized by her school and those she organized herself. She has volunteered decorating and serving meals in nursing homes, worked with a backpack program, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, wrote letters to soldiers, coordinated efforts to make a Veterans Day video for her community, participated in the LEO Club and National Honor Society, raised money for a camp for the blind and deaf, helped with Toys for Tots, volunteered with vacation Bible school, among many others. “I just think it’s fun,” she said. “I think it is an awesome opportunity, especially for me, to go out and get to meet new people. And I get to help people while I’m at it, so that’s always rewarding.” Peters is attending ACTC to get her Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year university to student marketing and advertising. She said she looked forward to continuing her community service efforts throughout college. Thompson said Build Ashland fundraise for another scholarship next year. Those interested in donating to the Rick Ritchason Memorial Scholarship fund can visit and click on the donate button. Donations to the scholarship should be marked with a “scholarship” notation. A link to scholarship application is also on the Build Ashland website. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be a resident of Boyd or Greenup County, be active in community service, have a GPA of at least 2.5 and plan to attend ACTC. In addition to the scholarship application, applicants are also required to submit a typed essay or video documenting their community service involvement.
September 20, 2018
The fifth annual Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion will be Friday, Sept. 28 at Marshall University. The theme of this year’s conference, co-sponsored by Ashland Community and Technical College, “Intersectionality: Celebrating the Difference Among Us.” Community leaders, educators, college and high school students, counselors and area residents are invited to the conference to celebrate individuals from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives and to share dialogue and engage in critical thinking exercises to enhance multicultural awareness. Laura Tussey, associate professor and program coordinator of ACTC’s Appalachian studies program, will help present a workshop called A Conversation with Diverse Women about Being Students, Professors and University Administrators. Other presenters on the panel are Dr. Alicia Chavira-Prado of Ohio University-Athens, Dina Lopez of Ohio University Southern, Dr. Nancy Preston of Morehead State University, Dr. Ellen Rodrigues of West Virginia University and Dr. Chantel Weisenmulller of West Virginia University. Tussey and her fellow presenters recently co-authored a textbook about female faculty members in higher education, specifically in Appalachia, called, “The Feminist Alliance Project in Appalachia: Minoritized Experiences of Women Faculty and Administrators in Higher Education.” The book, an idea that blossomed from a previous year’s Tri-state Diversity conference, illustrates the minoritized experiences of women faculty and administrators in higher education and highlights Appalachia as a geographic and cultural region, a sector in academia that still remains relatively ignored in mainstream feminist studies. The book is based on autobiographical and autoethnographic narratives of diverse women who discuss their similar and unique forms of oppression as students and as professionals in the academic workplace within Appalachia. Registration is $40 per person or $15 per student (secondary/post secondary). The fee includes continental breakfast, luncheon, workshops, panel discussion and a Certificate of Cultural Competency. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and university credits are available for additional fees. To register online, visit
September 18, 2018
Ashland Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is offering a course on leadership development for emergency response supervisors. The course will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8-12 on the Roberts Drive Campus. The cost is $259. Instructor for the course is Beverly Sharp, ACTC’s criminal justice program coordinator. The purpose of the course is to develop leadership skills for emergency response staff that have been recently promoted or demonstrate the potential for promotion possibilities. Oftentimes, internal promotions pose difficult challenges. This course is designed to not only develop leadership and supervisory skills, but also to develop the necessary skills to effectively deal with internal agency challenge, legal issues, personnel challenges and recognizing job stressors. Although the course would be beneficial to any leadership or supervisory staff, there will be specific material as it applies to those working in public safety. For more information or to register for the course, contact Workforce Solutions at or 606-326-2072.
September 17, 2018
ACTC is once again offering child care provider trainings. Call 606-326-2130 or 606-326-2072 or visit to register online.
September 13, 2018
If you want to get a taste of what Ashland Community and Technical College’s culinary arts students do each day, stop by their café for lunch. Located on the Technology Drive Campus and open to the community, the Culinary Café is open from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday and is operated by students in the program. Each day, students prepare a made-from-scratch à la carte menu that features regional and international dishes, such as fried chicken with mashed potatoes, gyros, pulled pork, bourbon glazed salmon or jerk chicken. In addition to each day’s main dish and dessert options, there are also burgers, chicken sandwiches and French fries, as well as a full salad bar.
September 12, 2018
ACTC’s welding program was named Top 3 in the nation in a ranking for America’s Best College for Vocational Certificates by Washington Monthly. According to Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C.,-based magazine, the rankings were created using information from the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment database. WM selected the 12 most common undergraduate certificate programs (welding, medical office assistant, etc.) and ranked the colleges that offer them by the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. The data also shows the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under gainful employment—pass, at risk or fail—for the schools. The 10 best and 10 worst performing schools for each program were published in its September/October issue. “The success of a welding program is not what you’re teaching, but how you relate to the students that ensures success,” said Curtis Bowman, ACTC’s welding program coordinator. Complete rankings are available online at
September 12, 2018
Oct. 1 is the application deadline for fall bi-term classes at Ashland Community and Technical College. Bi-term classes are eight-weeks long, half the length of traditional semester classes but with the same content as semester-long classes. Online bi-term classes in general education are: college algebra, introduction to sociology, introduction to biology, developmental psychology, introduction to art, history of U.S. through 1865, history of U.S. since 1865, writing I, general psychology and introduction to interpersonal communication. In-person classes that will be offered are Kentucky medication aide, phlebotomy and nursing assistant skills. Bi-term classes start Oct. 15 and end Dec. 9. New students enrolling only in the bi-term session may be eligible for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at For more information, call 855-246-2282.
September 11, 2018
Ashland Community and Technical College was once again a host site for the regional IDEAL electrical competition where students raced against the clock to complete a wiring challenge. At ACTC, Hunter Tolliver completed the challenge with the fastest time of 1:53.35; Tony Lucas took second place with 2:25.19; and Jeremy Hodgkiss took third place with 2:38.47. The fastest times in every state/territory advance to the to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the IDEAL National Championship. Top prize in the student category is $30,000 and IDEAL will donate $5,000 to their school.
September 11, 2018
ACTC is offering classes taught by J. Bird Cremeans, a local photographer and experienced Photoshop instructor. Classes are from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus. Intro to Photography is designed for beginners and hobbyists and will meet on Monday evenings starting Oct. 1-Nov. 5. Participants will get one-on-one instruction, notes and assignments to learn how to use their cameras’ settings. The fee is $75. Intro to Photography II will meet on Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, and will cover advanced features and techniques such as EV and flash compensation, advanced white balance and metering, and other manual settings. A camera with manual functions is recommended. This class is designed for beginners and hobbyists to develop a better understanding of your camera and a more creative eye. The fee is $75. There will also be a Photoshop III class. It will meet on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 3-Nov. 7. This class will teach you how to use a flash properly. Participants will also learn about speedlights, TTL, off camera flash and more. Students are required to have a DSLR camera with full manual functions and an off-camera flash. The fee is $75. To register, contact Workforce Solutions at 606-326-2072 or email
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