February 13, 2019

Former ACTC grad named VP of operations

A two-time graduate of Ashland Community and Technical College has been named vice president of operations for the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Matthew Hinkle graduated from ACTC in 2004 with an associate of applied science degree and in 2007 with an associate nursing degree. In his new role, Matthew will be charged with setting financial, operational and leadership direction for designated clinical and support departments. “ACTC was and still is an incredible institution with dedicated educators and faculty,” Hinkle said. “The pre-requisite classes for the nursing program were great. I vividly remember Mary Catherine Flath’s anatomy and physiology classes as very engaging.” Matthew joins RMC from HCA Tampa Community Hospital, where he was vice president of operations, overseeing numerous departments including surgical services, cardiac services, radiology/imaging, food and nutrition services, environmental services, plant operations, laboratory services, respiratory therapy and behavioral health. Matthew previously served as director of clinical operations and director of surgical services at HCA Tampa Community Hospital; manager of cardiac surgical services/CARE unit and manager of cardiac surgical services at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia; operating room director and operating room nurse at HCA St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah; and operating room nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital (Marshall University Medical School Hospital) in Huntington, West Virginia. In addition to his credentials from ACTC, Hinkle earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA) and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Sentara College. “The nursing program at ACTC helped prepare me for clinical nursing at Cabell Huntington Hospital, where I worked post-graduation in the operating room,” Hinkle said. “It also prepared me for continuing my education in healthcare administration through Bellevue University’s bachelor and master’s programs. I also obtained a BSN while working in Virginia to promote nursing leadership and Magnet status designation. ACTC is the foundation of science and nursing education that set me up for success in healthcare. I truly enjoyed my time there.”
February 4, 2019

Inaugural Wine, Women, Jewels event a success

Ashland Community and Technical College raised more than $13,000 during its inaugural Wine, Women and Jewels event on Jan. 22. A sold-out crowd attended the event at the Jockey Club for wine, hors d'oeuvres and a silent jewelry auction. All proceeds from the event will go toward ACTC scholarships for women. The event was hosted by ACTC Director of Resource Development Brooke Seasor, retired Paramount Arts Center Director Norma Meek and 21 other local sponsoring hostesses: Mayola Boykin, Holly Canfield, CJ Cieraszynski, Terri Clark, Lori Cooksey, Juanita Ditty, Brooke Elswick-Robinson, Sheila Fraley, Julie Klein, Jane Layman, Patsy Lindsey, Kim McCann, Willie McCullough, Leslee McLeod, Ann Perkins, April Perry, Kathy Setterman, Pat Steen, Mae Deane Torgrimson, Heather Van Deren and Barbara Wheeler. “This event was a first of its kind here in Ashland and it was a huge success,” Seasor said. “The venue made it very unique and everyone who attended seemed to really enjoy themselves. Norma Meek was a huge asset to help the college with this fundraiser. The goal was to raise funds for women at the college and with a sold-out event, we definitely made that happen.” “I enjoyed working with the staff at ACTC in bringing this inaugural event to the community,” Meek said. “It was heartwarming to see the gathering of women whose sole purpose was to help other women’s future.” Donors for the silent auction were: Lori Cooksey, A Boutique/ Carolyn Runyon, Juanita Ditty, La Tee Da Boutique, Heather Vanderen, Corbie’s, Holly B’s, Pollock’s, Tri-State Pawn & Jewelry, Purse-N-Ality, Bella Boutique/Rachel Adkins, Leslie McLeod, Sheila Fraley, Holly Canfield, Second Hand Rose, Patsy Lindsey, Mayola and Bill Boykin, Zella Rose, Rose Tree, Second Hand Rose/ Sam Perkins, Elaine Corbitt, Cheryl Spriggs and Erin Bounds. Sixty-three “Jewel of a Guy” sponsors also donated to the event: Rocky Adkins, Joe Allen, Cory Boggs, Mike Bowling, Dr. Bill Boykin, James Bradley, Dr. Leon Briggs, Tom Burnette, Darrell Caldwell, Matt Canfield, Ronald Cartee, Brent Clark, Rick Clark, John W. Clark, Ben Cooksey, Dr. Mike Couchot, Wes Crawford, Bruce Davis, Mark Dillon, Dr. Jack Ditty, Bill Ewing, Dr. Larry Ferguson, Dolf Fischer, Paul Fraley, Dr. Robert Fried, Dr. E. B. Gevedon, Stephen Graham, Dr. Carter Gussler, Mitch Hall, Shawn Heck, Clayton Hill, Virgil Hoback, Andrew Jones, Dennis Klattenberg, Dr. Roger Klein, Dr. Jeff Lopez, E. B. Lowman, Jeff Lyons, Mike Mccann, Ron McCloud, Lance McComis, Tom McLeod, Tyler Meek, David Mussetter, Bernard Onan, Sam Perkins, Don Perry, Judge Scott Reese, Brad Robinson, Mike Robinson, Lance Seasor, Dr. Bruce Shaffer, Marty Torgrimson, Dr. John Van Deren, Stuart Webb, Michael Wheeler, Jay Whitlatch, Sean Whitt, JC William, Todd Young, as well as Build Ashland, Griffith DeLaney Hillman & Company and Summit RV.
February 4, 2019

Students place in ACTC science fair

Elementary, middle and high school students from five counties showed off their creativity and ingenuity during the sixth annual ACTC/FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair on Jan. 25. The fair, coordinated by Ashland Community and Technical College, showcased science projects throughout six different categories of science. Those categories were Biomedical and Behavioral Health Sciences; Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences; Engineering and Mathematics; Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy; and Robotics and Computer Science. Participants were judged on five criteria — originality and creativity; scientific method or technological design; thoroughness; skill and clarity; and approval forms and data notebook. “This was our seventh year, and we placed a major emphasis on middle school STEM exploration in efforts to strengthen student retention through their high school years,” said Mia Brown, fair director. “Each year we increase in participants and in fun. This year we are thrilled to have Kentucky Science Center (KSC) to join us for a day of learning and exploration.” After students presented their projects to judges, each school level participated in a variety of hands-on science experiments and demonstrations led by the Kentucky Science Center. “Elementary school students learned about electricity generation and conservation with KSC’s own energy-saving superhero, Captain Current. Middle school students completed engineering design challenges and got messy with chemistry. High school students got to the heart of STEM by learning about the cardiovascular system and dissecting sheep hearts,” said Dr. Alison Hill, assembly program coordinator, KSC. This year’s fair sponsors were King’s Daughters Medical Center and ACTC. First, second and third place awards were given in each category. First and second place winners will advance to the Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Northern Kentucky University. Award winners are listed below by category and grade level. Biomedical & Behavioral Health Sciences Elementary School – First Place: Myah Hamilton, Crabbe Elementary; Second Place: Hunter Evans, Catlettsburg Elementary; Third Place: Mya Sarver, Russell McDowell Intermediate. Middle School – First Place: Samuel Tibbitts, Ashland Middle; Second Place: Laney Fannin and Macie Bevins, Ashland Middle; Third Place: Miracle Sammons and Bailey Blevins, McKell Middle. High School – First Place: Erin Borders and Lillian Jones, Boyd County; Second Place: Emma Dowdy and Olivia Allen, Paul G. Blazer; Third Place: Hannah Taylor and Dustin Gifford, Boyd County. Chemistry Elementary School - First Place: Mia James, Star Elementary; Second Place: Alyssa Cordial and Zoey Melvin, Hager Elementary; Third Place: Cadee Crum and Cerella Williams, Carter City Elementary. Middle School – First Place: Myla Hamilton and Grace Delaney, Ashland Middle; Second Place: Sawyer Edens and Larry Moore, Ashland Middle; Third Place: Terrence Mayse, East Carter Middle. High School – First Place: Morgan Lewis, Boyd County; Second Place: Keyarin Montgomery and Alexis Adkins, Elliott County; Third Place: Cameron Robbins and Ashley Boggs, Greenup County. Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences Elementary School – First Place: Jaxson Parnish, Argillite Elementary; Second Place: Diego Ruiz-Celedonio, Lakeside Elementary; Third Place: Addison McGlone, Prichard Elementary. Middle School – First Place: Abby Meek and Aubree Hay, Ashland Middle; Second Place: Ella Crum and Audrey Biggs, Boyd County Middle; Third Place: Raini Hall, Wurtland Middle. High School – First Place: Emily Stapleton and Matilyn Shavers, Boyd County; Second Place: Haley Stroud and Sara Hatzel, Boyd County; Third Place: Natalee Harris and Landon Lewis, Elliott County. Robotics & Computer Science Middle School – First Place: Kaden Jones, Fallsburg; Second Place: Connor Amos and Grant Smith, Ashland Middle. Physics & Astronomy Middle School – First Place: Ashton Tiller and Cason Adams, East Carter Middle; Second Place: Karis Adkins and Ruby Randolph, Elliott County; Third Place: James Morrow-Prater and Luis Chicko, Louisa Middle. High School – First Place: Austin Jordan, Greenup County; Second Place: Chloe Dickerson and Scott Hackworth, Elliott County. Engineering & Mathematics Elementary School – First Place: Michael Brickey, Prichard Elementary; Second Place: Colton Thomas, Isonville Elementary; Third Place: Ava Kazee, Cannonsburg Elementary. Middle School – First Place: Samuel Sherrard, East Carter Middle; Second Place: Cambria Burke, McKell Middle; Third Place: Alex Stamper and Jacob Waddell, West Carter Middle. High School- First Place: Ian Woods, Greenup County; Second Place: Hayden Mulkey, Greenup County.
January 29, 2019

ACTC announces fall 2018 dean's list

Ashland Community and Technical College has named 387 students to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must complete at least 12 semester credits (of 100 level courses or above) or more for the semester and earn at least a 3.5 GPA for the semester.
January 18, 2019

MLK Day event set for Monday

The Boyd and Greenup Counites Branch of the NAACP will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21. The event, co-sponsored by Ashland Community and Technical College and Pathways Inc., will be at 10 a.m. at the Ashland Transportation Center. There will be singing by Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ironton, New Joy Gospel Singers of Columbus and Susan Taylor of Ironton. The Rev. Stanley McDonald, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and transportation director of the Ashland Independent School District, will be the keynote speaker. McDonald is a native of Masontown, Pa. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in March of 1985 and served on active duty until Dec. 31, 2011, when he retired honorably after serving more than 26 years. In hindsight, he said he recognizes his time in the military as the start of his missionary journey. In 1996, he accepted his calling to the ministry while attending Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Goldsboro, N.C., and preached his first sermon in April 1997. In August 1999, he received his ordination certification from Canaan Full Gospel Baptist Church, Goldsboro. Rev. McDonald was blessed to be able to preach the gospel throughout God’s missionary field while being stationed throughout the United States and overseas in Okinawa, Japan; Misawa, Japan; Kosovo; and South Korea. During his active duty service, he spent 18 years as a logistician specializing in inventory management and eight years as a first sergeant. He finished his military career in South Korea where he was the senior minister at the Osan Air Base Chapel. After retiring from the Air Force he moved to Ashland in March 2012, after getting hired at the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Huntington, W.Va. As a staunch believer of higher education, he’s received associate degrees in logistics and human resources, a bachelor’s degree in religion and business and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling. He currently serves as vice president on the Four Winds Christian Ministries Inc. board of directors, San Antonio, Texas; a board member of Shelter of Hope non-profit organization, Ashland; an active member of the Boyd and Greenup Counties NAACP council; and the newly elected president of the Ashland Area Ministerial Association. Following the celebration, attendees are invited to participate in a “freedom march” from the transportation center to First Presbyterian Church.