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April 8, 2019
For those wanting more information about ACTC’s Surgical Technology program, there will be a conference from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in room 420 in the main building at the College Drive Campus. The Surgical Technology program prepares students for the national certification exam and employment in operating rooms, private or public hospitals and clinics. Surgical technologists assist in preparing operating rooms for surgery, assist doctors during surgery by handing them needed instruments and counting sponges and needles before and after the operation, and deliver specimens to hospital labs for analysis. The diploma program at the College Drive Campus includes basic sciences, surgical decorum and protocol and technical skills for assisting surgeons in the operating room. Students learn on real operating room equipment, with hundreds of surgical instruments. They practice operating room set-ups in class to get comfortable with procedures before going to clinicals at area hospitals. Program graduates take the National Board of Surgical Technology certification exam which provides a benchmark measurement of the knowledge acquired by students - and the knowledge needed for success in the field. Surgical Technology is a selective admission program, and prospective students need to complete an application for their chosen program. Applicants who are not current ACTC students also need to complete the ACTC application process. To be admitted to the program, students must pass the COMPASS/ACT at the required level and attend a pre-conference session. Prior to starting classes, CPR certification must be obtained and prerequisite courses and a health profile must be completed. Applications are available online at and in the admissions offices at the College Drive and Technology Drive campuses. To request applications, call ACTC Admissions, 606-326-2000 or 800-928-4256. Application to the program does not guarantee admission. For more information, contact Sheri Troupe, program coordinator at 606-326-2006 or
April 1, 2019
Ashland Community and Technical College and Greenup County High School are teaming up to bring the Eastern Kentucky Dramatic Arts Society (EKDAS) to town. GCHS is the host school and ACTC provides the venue for this one-day theatrical extravaganza on Saturday, April 20. Eight different high school theater departments from all over Eastern Kentucky will travel and perform one-act plays on the J.B. Sowards stage from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., an awesome opportunity for dozens of aspiring theater artists and their teachers. ACTC Associate Professor of Writing Jonathan Joy, who is helping to organize the event, said the event is, "a great utilization of our space and a stellar example of the kind of school and community partnerships that bring out the best in both." The event is free and open to the public.
April 1, 2019
Ashland Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is offering a basic drawing skills class this spring. The six-week class will meet from 5-6 p.m. on Thursdays at the Roberts Drive Campus starting April 11 and running through May 16. The class will be taught by Kim Johnson, who has been an art teacher at Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School in Ironton, Ohio, since 2001. She also studied art at Eastern Kentucky University. Participants in the class will learn eye-hand coordination drills, basic drawing steps, and touch on advance drawing skills. This class progresses from grids to contour lines, shapes and shading with the use of still-lifes, to figure drawing. The class fee is $85 and includes all supplies. Payment must be made at the time of registration. To register, contact Workforce Solutions at 606-326-2072 or email
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.
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