September 20, 2018

Tri-State diversity conference set for Sept. 28

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

Leadership development course offered

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

Child care provider trainings offered

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

Culinary Café open to community

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 welding program ranked Top 3 in country

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