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MARCH 24, 2015

Dr. Jay Box, President of the Kentucky and Community and Technical College System, will be in Ashland April 1 to get input for the System’s 2016 through 2022 strategic plan. He is visiting all 16 KCTCS college this spring to gather feedback from students, faculty, staff, businesses and the community regarding the future of the system.

During the day, Dr. Box will visit ACTC’s three campuses to talk with faculty and staff, students, administrators, Board members, and Workforce/Economic Development partners.

“Because our strategic plan will be what drives our entire institution for the next six years, it is vitally important that it is designed through a process that includes input from not just the colleges of KCTCS, but also the entire state that we serve,” said Box.  ACTC and the other college are invited to consider the question, “What does your community/region need for the college to be by 2022?”

Area residents who are interested in our educational future are invited to share their ideas with Dr. Box at 1:00 p.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus, Workforce Development Center in Building 5.

Dr. Jay Box has been KCTCS President since January. He is a community college graduate with more than 30 years of experience in community college leadership. Dr. Box has a history of leadership with KCTCS having served as the president of Hazard Community and Technical College from 2002-2007 and as KCTCS chancellor from 2009 to 2015

His “Out of the Box” Listening Tour of KCTCS colleges is designed to engage the participation of all Kentuckians in the strategic planning process. The goals for the process are to be open and transparent, engaging and inclusive, integrated and aligned with statewide partners, and compelling and clear, with bold goals and practical, measurable strategies.

Town Square Bank Establishes Scholarship

Town Square Bank has established an endowed scholarship fund at ACTC in memory of Joe Thomas Rupert.

Rupert was on the Bank’s Board of Directors for 20 years and was Chairman of the Board at the time of his passing.  A retired businessman, he was very involved in community activities. He was president of the Bellefonte Country Club Board of Directors, and a member of the Ashland Kiwanis Club, Business Club, Ashland Alliance and Summer Motion Committee.

“The directors, employees, and customers of Home Federal Savings & Loan, now known as Town Square Bank, lost not only our Board Chairman, but our dear friend Tom Rupert,” said Ralph E. "Gene" Coffman Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Town Square Bank.  “At every turn we miss his energy, insight and collegiality in our board room. He will never be forgotten as a true “Community Leader.”

“This scholarship recognizes his tireless work for the betterment of every endeavor in which he was involved and his immeasurable contributions both to our organization and to our community,” Coffman said.

The Joe Thomas Rupert Memorial Scholarship Fund is for full-time ACTC students who have a GPA or 3.0 or better and an ACT Score of 18, who demonstrate potential for academic success and who require financial assistance to attend college. 

The scholarship was established through ACTC’s Foundation. For more information, contact Willie McCullough, Dean of Resource Development & External Affairs, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Healthcare Career Craze

What careers are available in health care?  Middle school and high school students can come to a Career Craze Healthcare Camp at ACTC in June to explore their range of choices.

The hands-on camp for students aged 12 to 15 will be held June 16 and 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus.  

This Career Craze camp is offered through a grant from Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson’s office.  The camp is designed to show young people the types of well-paying technical careers that are in demand and that can be prepared for through community college programs.

Students will explore a variety of medical careers and different aspects of healthcare as they learn about critical thinking and problem solving skills, understanding body systems and nutrition education. Students will work with ACTC faculty, meet healthcare professionals from different fields and visit a medical helicopter and fire truck.

“Healthcare is a logical choice for careers in the Ashland area because of the many job opportunities available and because healthcare continues to be a strong field of the future,” said Karen Coburn, ACTC Community Education Coordinator.

Health care programs at ACTC include Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing (LPN), Surgical Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic, Health Care Technology and Respiratory Care-Advanced Practitioner.

Students can also earn Kentucky Medication Aide (KMA), State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) and Phlebotomy certificates or complete an Associate in Science degree program for transfer into pre-medical fields at area colleges and universities.

The camp is free, and enrollment is limited to 20 on a first-come basis.  To enroll or receive more information, contact ACTC External Education, 606-326-2072 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To register online, go to ashland.kctcs.edu/workforce_solutions and click non-credit classes.

ACTC Faculty Member Selected for KCTCS Academy

Jack Borders, ACTC Associate Professor of Sociology and Religion, has been selected to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) 2015 Leadership Academy.

A Proctorville, OH resident, Borders started at the college in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Furman University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from Marshall University.

He currently serves as chair of the college’s General Education Assessment Committee and is the ACTC Representative to the KCTCS Senate Council. He teaches Sociology and Religious Studies courses, and has received several ACTC Teaching Learning Excellence Awards.

The annual President’s Leadership Academy was developed by KCTCS to recognize and enhance the leadership skills of current and potential leaders in the system. 

Faculty and staff representing each KCTCS college consider strategic issues facing two year colleges, under the guidance of national leaders in the field. Topics include national issues and trends, leadership traits, ethics, legal issues, media relations, customer service and the role of leaders in professional development.

Essential Oils 101- Make & Take Class

This introductory class is for people who have heard about essential oils but not quite sure where to start. Instructor Katie Hostetter, an executive with Young Living Essential Oils give an overview of the 
history of essential oils, what they are, and how easily they can be incorporated into everyday life.

Participants will learn how to use essential oils to boost their immune system, address health and wellness naturally, apply first aid, and use in toxic-free cleaning, pet care and cooking.  They will also learn some simple recipes and make samples to take home.

The workshop will be held Monday, April 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus. The $14 fee includes materials, and preregistration is required.  To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 606-326-2072.

Visit the Culinary Café

ACTC's Culinary Café at the Technology Drive Campus is open from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Operated by students in the Culinary Arts Program, the Café features an ala carte lunch menu with regional and international dishes.  Everyone is welcome.

For information on the Café or the Culinary Arts Program, call Program Coordinator and Associate Professor Peggy Bradley at 606-326-2466 or Associate Professor Barbara Dunn at 606-326-2468.

ACTC Closed Half Day on April 3

ACTC will be closed Friday afternoon, April 3, for Good Friday.  Regular class and office hours will resume April 6.

March 18, 2015

A recent donation of plastic buckets from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Ashland, KY will serve to help primary students learn how to keep a beat while middle school students can focus on learning more complex rhythms

By Jennifer Ferguson

New arts and humanities programs are underway at Blaine Elementary School thanks to a grant from the Southeast Chamber of Commerce. According to first year music teacher, Erin Geisler, the grant which was awarded in January was for $1,250 and has been used to purchase xylophones for students in kindergarten through 8th grade to use.
“A requirement of the grant was that it had to sponsor new programs,” said Geisler. “Most students have never played anything relative to an instrument like this. It’s important for them to learn and recognize the layout of a keyboard.”

 With the funds, Geisler was able to purchase five xylophones. However, xylophones aren’t the only instrument being introduced to BES students. A recent donation of plastic buckets from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Ashland, KY will serve to help primary students learn how to keep a beat while middle school students can focus on learning more complex rhythms.
“They can be used for so many different things,” said Geisler “From pop music to Bach.”

Geisler, a recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate, also directed students in the first school play in December and hopes to soon have them creating their own instruments.
“I want them to learn about and create instruments from the Appalachian heritage such as a dulcimer,” said Geisler. “We’ve used things such as beans and cans to make shakers.”

Different styles of dance are also something that Geisler hopes to focus on with students. Through coordinating with the school’s physical education teacher, third grade students have already been learning different styles of folk dancing.

“It’s exciting to see them learn and watch them grow,” said Geisler. “Most students have no experience or knowledge of these instruments or dance styles prior to music class, so it’s been fun to help them experience those things.”

BES students win Conservation poster and essay contests

Blaine Elementary Students were recently awarded at the Lawrence County Conservation Districts’ Annual Art/Writing Awards Banquet. This years’ topic was Protect Kentucky’s Soil.  BES also received a plaque for having 100% participation in the contest, an award they've received for several years. And teacher Sharon Fields was named as outstanding teacher of the year.

Poster Winners                                  Essay Winners

Poster Winners Kaylee Thompson Emilea Preece and Marisa Roop   Essay Winners Brooklin Routt,  County Winner Tess Jennings and Makayla Sparks were recognized as grade winners.

March 17, 2015

LMS Academic Team - Back row: Bill Hammond - Coach, Ashley Hayes, Lincoln Rose, Will Ferguson, Kate Cecil, Abby Fletcher, Lexi Erwin, Bailey Thompson, Deana Hammond - Coach. Middle: Jacob Fletcher, Brock Kessinger, Jacob Kessinger, Mark Webb, William Lampert  Front: Shaylon Moore, Sahara Hundley

 

Kate Cecil wins 2nd place in state in Arts & Humanities, places in top ten in three categories

The Galt House, Louisville, Kentucky-March 16, 2015:  A memorable year of academic competition draws to a close with the contests and awards of the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition’s State Governor’s Cup Competition. This year was especially memorable for the coaches and students of Louisa Middle School’s Scrappy UnderDawgs.

After a successful league season featuring a quick recall record of 14 wins and 2 losses, the Dawgs won their 16th consecutive District Governor’s Cup Championship with the entire team of 14 students advancing to Regional competition.  Team members include: Kate Cecil, Lexi Erwin, Will Ferguson, Abby Fletcher, Jacob Fletcher, Ashley Hayes, Sahara Hundley, Jacob Kessinger, Brock Kessinger, William Lampert, Shaylon Moore, Lincoln Rose, Bailey Thompson and Mark Webb. 

Bringing Scrappy BackAt Regional Competition, held at Russell Middle School, Louisa exceeded all hopes and expectations finishing as Runner-up in Quick Recall and in overall points for the event. In addition to advancing to State Governor’s Cup in Quick Recall, Kate Cecil advanced in Language Arts and Arts and Humanities Written Assessments, Shaylon Moore and Abby Fletcher advanced in Mathematics Written Assessment and Lincoln Rose advanced in Social Studies Written Assessment. This represents the first time Louisa Middle School has advanced a Quick Recall team to State competition and the largest number of students the school has placed in State Written Assessments.

Louisa entered State competition Sunday morning, March 15th, at 10 AM in pool play against The Bluegrass Academy. Bluegrass came on strong to take a 14 – 7 advantage at halftime but the Scrappy UnderDawgs lived up to the moniker when they answered 11 of the first 12 questions in the second half to take an 18 – 14 lead that they never relinquished. The match ended with Louisa winning 24 – 20.

Round 2 followed immediately after the first round victory with a match against Connor Middle School. Louisa never trailed in this contest, led 14 – 6 at the half and advanced to the round of 24 teams with a 24 – 12 final score.

These two victories meant that Louisa Middle School was crowned champion of their pool and earned a bye for round three.

Play resumed with round 4 where Louisa faced North Laurel Middle School, the winner earning a spot in the SMART 16, Governor’s Cup’s elite quick recall competition. North Laurel jumped out to an early lead taking a 5 – 0 advantage but, true to form, Louisa roared back to tie the match at 14 at the half. A tight, and thrilling second half ended with the Dawgs advancing to the field of 16 with the 28 – 21 win. SMART 16 Quick Recall play would resume Monday morning at 9:15 AM against seven time, State Champion / Runner-up, Meyzeek. 

Kate Cecil accepts her Arts & Humanities Trophy from Governor Steven Beshear.Competition resumed at 5:30 PM, Sunday, with Written Assessment for Kate Cecil, Shaylon Moore, Abby Fletcher and Lincoln Rose. The students joined over 600 other students representing the 24 regions of KAAC. Years of effort and study culminate in a 70-question test in one of the five tested areas: Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Language Arts or Arts & Humanities. Students are ranked on their score on the first 50 questions with the last 20 serving as tiebreakers. The students’ results would have to wait for the awards ceremony, Monday, March 16, at 3:30 PM.

The SMART 16 opened at 9:15 AM with Louisa facing Meyzeek. Meyzeek is a perennial powerhouse in Governor’s Cup competition and 2015 would be no different from previous years. Louisa held on to keep the match close at 11 – 12 but Meyzeek flexed their competitive muscles and pulled out to a 38 – 16 lead at which point substitutions removed Louisa’s Starters and Meyzeek proceeded to add an additional 10 points resulting in a 48 – 16 loss for the UnderDawgs.

Louisa’s run in Quick Result competition yielded a 9th place finish overall in the SMART 16 with Meyzeek continuing to a third place finish losing to eventual champion, Winburn.

All that remained was the awards ceremony and learning the placement of Louisa’s students in written assessments. All Louisa students finished in the top half of the pack or better but the big news in written assessment belonged to Kate Cecil. 

The top 10 students in each written assessment are recognized with medals and trophies in a ceremony featuring Governor Steven Beshear. In Language Arts, John Bennett, executive director of KAAC, named nine students before calling Louisa’s Lincoln Rose, Abby Fletcher, Kate Cecil and Shaylon Moore prepare for Round 1 versus Bluegrass Academy.Kate Cecil. Kate would place far better than tenth when it was announced that she was the Fourth place finisher for Language Arts. Arts & Humanities testers were honored next and, once again, Kate Cecil was called to the staging area last and just as before her results far exceeded her place in the queue. Miss Cecil finished as the runner-up in Arts and Humanities, the number 2 student in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Kate Cecil becomes the first Louisa Middle School student to place at State in two tests in a single competition and the first LMS student to advance to State Governor’s Cup for all three years at the school.

Overall the LMS Scrappy UnderDawgs finished as the number 8 team in Kentucky, their best finish ever. The number 9 finish in the SMART 16 was especially sweet as the entire team contributed to the school’s first foray into this field of battle.

Louisa Coaches, Bill & Deana Hammond, want to thank Tom Castle, Principal at LMS, Dr. Robbie Fletcher and the numerous parents who helped make this trip a success for these excellent students and we look forward to more success in the years to come.