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March 26, 2019
April 1 is the priority application deadline for fall 2019 scholarships at ACTC. ACTC offers dozens of scholarships to help deserving area residents pay for their education. Last year, more than 200 scholarships totaling $201,448 were awarded. At ACTC, about 80 percent of students receive some sort of financial aid, and scholarships are part of the financial aid package. Applicants need to apply for admission to ACTC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and fill out a scholarship application form. The general scholarship application form is good for most ACTC scholarships, and there are also applications for special scholarships for students in specific fields. Scholarship applications are on the web at under Costs and Financial Aid and the FAFSA is at For more information on scholarships or financial aid, call 606-326-2198. Special Scholarships Many area organizations and individuals have established scholarships for students who demonstrate the potential for academic success and financial need. Some scholarships have additional requirements such as county of residence, choice of major field or grade point average. Several of these are listed below. • The Willie G. McCullough Scholarship is for students residing in Boyd County and who are involved in community service and demonstrate leadership and who have a 2.5 GPA or higher. • The Susan Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund established by Louisa resident Neil Wilson is for Lawrence County High School graduates who have a 2.5 or higher GPA. • King’s Daughters and Sons Foundations of Kentucky Inc. scholarships are for second-year students in the Associate Degree Nursing program. • Morning Pointe Foundation scholarships are for practical nursing students interested in pursuing a career in senior care or geriatric nursing. • The Rodney Clark Memorial Scholarship, established by Clark’s Pump-N-Shop, is for Fairview High School graduates who enroll in an ACTC technical program. • The Lottie B. Culinary Arts Scholarship established by former Ashland resident Rick Kouns is for third semester culinary arts students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and the potential for success in the profession. • The Kevin McClain Memorial Scholarship, established by Marathon Petroleum, is for minority and female students who enroll for at least 12 hours a semester in the Applied Process Technology Program. • The Spriggs Family Scholarship is for children of Boyd County firefighters and police officers who have been employed by their department for at least two years. • The Theodore C. & Bennie J. Shields Scholarship is for Boyd County High School graduates who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. At least half of the scholarships must be awarded to female students. • The J.T. Smith Scholarship is for outstanding African-American residents of Kentucky, and grade point average, class rank, ACT scores and extra-curricular activities are considered. • ACTC’s Pre-Engineering Scholarship is for students who intend to earn an Associate in Science Degree and transfer to a university for a bachelor’s degree in chemical, civil, mechanical or other engineering fields. For information on establishing ACTC scholarships, contact Brooke Seasor, ACTC’s director of resource development, at or 606-326-2092.
March 25, 2019
Are you ready to sit for the Kentucky state HVAC exam? If you already have the hours and experience necessary to take the test, but aren’t sure if you’re really prepared, or if you need a refresher course in the basics of HVAC, ACTC Workforce Solutions is offering a Kentucky HVAC Journeyman License Exam Preparation class. The four-week class begins on April 6 and meets on consecutive Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at ACTC’s Roberts Drive Campus. Instructor for the class is Albert Alderson and the cost is $299 per person. Students will have the opportunity to take a practice exam. After the final session, students are encouraged to register to take the actual exam facilitated by ACTC. To register for the class, call 606-326-2072.
March 25, 2019
Ashland Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is offering a 12-hour waste water treatment continuing education class on April 2 and 3. Instructor Gary Russ will teach the class at the Roberts Drive Campus from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The class will cover Package Plant O&M, Process Control Testing, Collection System O&M and more. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Cost of the class is $150. Pre-registration is required by calling 606-326-2072.
March 13, 2019
Ashland Community and Technical College will host its second annual Pathfinder 5K and 5-Miler on Saturday, April 6 at the Technology Drive Campus. Proceeds from the race will go towards ACTC’s general scholarship fund. The Technology Drive Campus is located off the Industrial Parkway at EastPark. The 5K course starts at the building’s main entrance and is flat and fast and is on all paved roads. The 5-miler follows much of the same course, but with a one-mile out and back gravel road extension. Runners can register for either the 5K or 5-miler at the same cost. On-site registration is $25 and begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. race start time. Those who register before April 5 will get a discounted rate of $20; ACTC students and alumni is $15. Per-person pre-registered groups of eight or more is $18. Registration includes a T-shirt and breakfast prepared by ACTC’s Culinary Arts program. There will also be drawings for door prizes. 5K and 5-miler awards will be given to the first three finishers in each male and female age group, plus trophies to the first two overall male and female finishers. Online registration is now open at A paper registration form can also be downloaded from the race page. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at multiple support levels. All sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible. The deadline is March 26. For more information on how to become a sponsor, contact Brooke Seasor, ACTC’s director of resource development, at or 06-326-2092.
March 10, 2019
Ashland Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is offering an 11-week power lineman class beginning March 18. The course includes a Class A CDL certification. Lineman classes are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through May 10 and are located at the Technology Drive Campus. There are two options for the CDL training. For those who would like to take CDL training simultaneously with the lineman program, the driving portion will be from 4-8 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 18-May 10. The second option is CDL training from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, May 10-31. The cost of the lineman program is $6,000 and financial assistance may be available. After class completion, starting pay ranges from $35,000-$60,000. For more information on the program or financial assistance, contact Chris Boggs, ACTC’s project coordinator of new and expanding business and industry, at 606-326-2072 or email
March 4, 2019
Ashland Community and Technical College was honored with the 2018 Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the fourth consecutive year the college has received the distinction. "Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of your school’s participation air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.” The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Ashland Community and Technical College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 364 campuses across the United States with this recognition. For many years, ACTC has participated in a tree seedling giveaway, handing out free low-growth trees to Ashland residents. This year’s giveaway will be on Saturday, April 27 at the College Drive Campus. ACTC has also made an effort to bring native species of trees back on campus, along with removing invasive species, which will help make the campus more eco-friendly and sustainable. Twice in 2018, the college partnered with the Ashland Rotary Club, local Boy Scouts and Kentucky Power to plant native trees on campus. “We are happy to receive the designation for another year, and to see our campus improve due to following the guidelines outlined in our campus tree care plan,” said Paul Seasor, ACTC’s director of maintenance and operations. “We are also excited to see our students learning and engaging in environmental stewardship.” The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at
February 27, 2019
High school students can get ready for the ACT college entrance test in a 16-hour class from 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning March 4 and running through March 26. The class is designed to help students overcome test anxiety and improve test-taking skills. Participants will go over ACT sample questions, learn test-taking tips, review English grammar and punctuation and practice working arithmetic and geometry problems. The fee is $129, and students will need to purchase Baron’s Preparation for the ACT by Brian Stewart, available in the ACTC bookstore or online bookstores. The course currently uses the 3rd edition of the book. The class will be at the Roberts Drive Campus. Register by emailing Workforce Solutions at or by calling 606-326-2072.
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