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ACTC Offers In-Demand Career Programs

Thinking about college this fall? Ashland Community and Technical College offers more than 120 choices for people seeking new careers or university transfer.

Many of the programs listed below offer multiple Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma and certificate options to help students find a program that matches their career goals. Additional information is on the web at under Programs of Study.

Classes start August 13, and new students must apply be August 6. Applications are available on the web at For admission questions, call 606-326-2000 or toll-free 800-928-4256.

Agriculture Programs

These certificate programs are taught at the Technology Drive Campus.

The Agricultural Technician program introduces farming tools, techniques and knowledge that can be used on a family farm or in jobs on commercial farms and agriculture-related businesses.

Nursery Production prepares students for entry level jobs in gardens, greenhouses and nurseries. Courses focus on plant production and management skills.

Business/Education Programs

These programs are centered at the Technology Drive Campus, although courses are also offered at College Drive.

Business Administration students can earn an AAS Degree with options in Accounting, Finance, Management and Real Estate as well as two diplomas and five certificates. Graduates are prepared for entry level business jobs or university transfer.

Computer Information Technology students are prepared to work with computer network environments. Choices include certificates, Cisco and Microsoft Networking Tracks and an AAS Degree with the Network Administration option.

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education students are prepared for employment in preschools, early intervention programs, Head Start, and healthcare and recreation centers. Choices include an AAS Degree, a diploma and five certificates.

Medical Information Technology starts this fall to prepare students for a new era of medical office coding and record-keeping requirements. An AAS Degree with four tracks, two diplomas and five certificates are available.

Health Care Programs

Health care programs are centered at the College Drive Campus, although some courses are also offered at Technology Drive. Most are selective admissions programs that require the completion of selected college courses before being considered for acceptance. Selective admissions programs also require a separate application form.

Associate Degree Nursing students learn to provide and manage client care. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Health Science Technology Program prepares students for entry-level healthcare careers or for a smooth transition to an Allied Health or selective admission nursing program.

The new Paramedic Technology program prepares students to administer pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Exam.

Pharmacy Technology students learn to perform technical functions under the direction of a Registered Pharmacist. A diploma and a certificate are available.

Practical Nursing students learn to perform practical nursing functions under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. The diploma program graduates are prepared to take the national Licensed Practical Nurse exam.

Respiratory Care-Advanced Level is an AAS Degree consortium program with Morehead State University and Maysville Community and Technical Colleges Rowan Campus. Graduates are eligible to take the national Certified Respiratory Therapist board exam.

Surgical Technology graduates earn a diploma and are eligible to take the national Surgical Technologist exam administered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist.

Industrial / Manufacturing / Construction Programs

The following programs are held at the Technology Drive Campus.

Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) students learn to install and service heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Choices include a diploma and four certificates.

Applied Process Technologies graduates are prepared for entry-level technician positions in chemical, petrochemical, refining, power and other industries. The AAS Degree offers Chemical Plant Operator, Power Plant Operator and Lineman Technology options.

Computer Aided Drafting and Design students learn to transform design and engineering specifications into complete and precise drawings. Two diplomas and three certificates are offered.

Construction Technology students prepare for employment in commercial and/or residential construction. Options include a Construction Carpenter diploma and five certificates.

Electrical Technology students prepare for entry-level positions in industry and the building trades. Credential choices include an Industrial Electrician Diploma and three certificates.

Industrial Maintenance students are trained to fill multi-skilled positions in factories, hospitals, hotels, and other business/industry settings. Options include a diploma and four certificates.

Machine Tool Technology students learn to set-up and operate computer controlled and mechanical machines for small machine shops or manufacturing industries. CNC Machinist and Machinist diplomas and three certificates are available.

Welding Technology graduates are prepared for welding occupations in business and industry. Choices include a Combination Welder diploma and nine certificates.

Public Service Programs

Appalachian Studies is a certificate program that offers a multi-discipline, cross-cultural look at the people, traditions and creative output of the region.

Cosmetology graduates are eligible to take the Kentucky cosmetologist licensing exam. Cosmetology is located in a new building on Oakview Road on the College Drive Campus.

Criminal Justice is for students seeking entry-level jobs or current employees who wish to advance their skills. The AAS Degree has options in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Security and Loss Prevention.

Culinary Arts students prepare for careers in culinary arts, catering or institutional food service. Choices include three AAS degrees, three diplomas and six certificates.

Fire/Rescue Science Technology offers an AAS Fire Chief Degree, a Fire Chief Diploma, three certificates and Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) certification.

Transportation Programs

Transportation programs are offered at the Roberts Drive Campus.

Automotive Technology graduates are prepared for entry-level technician jobs in auto repair, maintenance and servicing. Choices include a diploma and seven certificates.

Diesel Technology students learn to repair, rebuild and maintain construction equipment, agriculture equipment, or medium and heavy trucks. Three diplomas and 13 certificates are available.