ACTC Looks Back at 2014…
Welcome to a new year at Ashland Community and Technical College. As we prepare for the opportunities and challenges of 2015, we also reflect on the accomplishments of the past year.
ACTC was named one of the country’s Top 50 Two-Year Colleges by Community College Week in the number of Associate Degrees awarded for Science Technologies/Technicians. ACTC was also ranked as one of the Top 100 Two-Year Colleges in the number of one-year certificates awarded.
ACTC concluded the college’s 75th Anniversary Celebration with a Panel Discussion by local historians and a “birthday” celebration at Summer Motion.
ACTC and Holy Family Collegiate High School agreed to offer an Early College Program in which students would simultaneously earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree. Students will take their 9th and 10th grade courses at Holy Family and their 11th and 12th grade courses through an ACTC Associate Degree program.
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed with Ohio University to develop transfer programs in RN-BNS, Criminal Justice, Specialized Studies, Applied Management, and Technical and Applied Studies.
Graduation 2014 recognized a record 636 students May 9 in the Paramount Arts Center. The keynote speaker was ACTC alumnus Henderson Dwayne McGinnis M.D., an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. McGinnis also received a Distinguished Alumnus Award. The graduating student speaker was Logan J. Evans, an Associate in Science Degree recipient planning to transfer to UK in pre-medicine.
Mathematics Professor Ralfred Hall received the prestigious Gussler Fellow Award in Mathematics and Science.
ACTC and Morehead State University established a 2+2 transfer program in Space Science.
ACTC’s first annual Golf Scramble on October 13 raised about $16,000 for scholarships.
Marathon Petroleum endowed scholarships for minority and women students enrolled in the Applied Process Technology (APT) Program. APT students taking the Chemical Operator Option learn concepts and skills needed to operate complex refinery machinery.
The Tri State Angel Investment Group announced the establishment of $1.1 million fund to help regional entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. The Appalachian Regional Commission recognized Mick Fosson, Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Office at ACTC, for his role in organizing the group.
ACTC was accepted as an affiliate of the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium, a program supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas of interest. This affiliation opens the door to seek NASA Kentucky grant funds in several areas, including pre-college outreach, student recruiting and professional development.
ACTC and the Russell Independent School District (RISD) signed an agreement to help keep Russell High School students on track for college. The college will work with students in the RISD Excellence for the 21st Century (E-21) Program.
The Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic Program was accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field.
The Surgical Technology Program received a Certificate of Merit from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a 100 percent pass rate in 2013-14. The Program’s accreditation by CAAHEP was reaffirmed in November.
ACTC participated in a KCTCS statewide online Transfer Madness Event for current and new students and a Project Graduate online fair for adults who attended college but did not obtain their degrees.
ACTC’s Alpha Omega Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa celebrated its 20th Anniversary. At the Kentucky Conference, the chapter received a Five Star Chapter Award for the 17th consecutive year.
The 2nd annual ACTC/FIVCO Science and Technology Fair in February showcased 109 projects created by 187 students from more than 20 schools. The Fair was supported in part by a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
ACTC hosted the SkillsUSA competition, Big Sandy Region FFA Competition, Rotary Access to Careers Day and the Ashland Regional College Fair for high school students.
Career Craze Healthcare, Robotic Arm Science and Electronic Lab camps supported by Kentucky’s Lt. Governor Jerry E. Abramson helped youth focus on high tech career opportunities.
A dual enrollment agreement with Morehead State University is providing academic advising and admissions counseling for students preparing for transfer to MSU for a bachelor’s degree.
The 2nd Young Women Lead conference brought a message of achievement to more than 400 girls from FIVCO area high schools. Presented by Toyota Manufacturing –North America in partnership with SOAR, the conference was supported by many local business and organizations.
ACTC and the Ashland Alliance cosponsored a workshop on maintaining a drug and alcohol free workplace.
Last year, the college administered over 1,700 workforce assessments. Microsoft was added to the list of Information Technology certification exams that can be administered by ACTC Workforce Solutions.
ACTC Theatre presented Romeo and Juliet in March, A Festival of One-Act Plays in April and A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley in December.
Employees and students participated in the spring and fall Grayson Lake State Park cleanup projects and helped with Ashland’s annual Arbor Day tree giveaway.
Black History Month programs were “Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad,” A Night at the Apollo Talent Contest and Gospel Night. The programs were cosponsored with the Highland Museum and Discovery Center.
ACTC partnered with Christ Temple Church in Ashland on a KCTCS “Super Sunday” college fair designed to increase the college-going rate of African-American students.
The 1st Annual Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion was cosponsored with Lindsey Wilson College, Marshall University, Morehead State University, Mountwest Community and Technical College, Ohio University, Ohio University Southern and Shawnee State University.
ACTC cosponsored spring and fall Tri-State Job and Career Fairs with the Kentucky Career Center, Southwestern Community Action Council and KYOVA Tri-State Mall.
Art students exhibited their works in February at the Lamp Post Café and in April at the Pendleton Arts Center.
ACTC held Women’s History Month and Veteran’s Day programs, cosponsored a Constitution Day Program with Morehead State University and cosponsored a performance by the San Jose Taiko Drummers at the Paramount Arts Center.
“Ernie Tucker’s Last Lecture” in November commemorated Professor Tucker’s 46 years of teaching history at the college before his retirement last spring.
The 2nd annual FIRST LEGO League Regional tournament attracted 26 teams from the FIVCO region, up from 12 teams last year.
These and other activities were designed to serve current students, potential students, businesses, organizations and area residents. We look forward to a new year of programs, events and activities that expand opportunities for student and community growth.
Building for the Future
This year the Kentucky Legislature authorized student-funded bond issues to pay 75 percent of the cost of building and remodeling projects at each KCTC college. ACTC’s project is a $10 million renovation of the original building on the College Drive Campus. ACTC’s Foundation will raise its $2.5 share of the cost through a BuildSmart Campaign.
Part of that campaign is a raffle of a Triumph donated by Professor Emeritus Ernie Tucker. Tickets are $100 each, and only 249 tickets will be sold. An ongoing Commemorative Brick Project provides a way to remember loved ones, friends and colleagues with bricks for a patio at College Drive. Raffle tickets and commemorative bricks may be requested through the ACTC Advancement Office, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other initiatives will be announced to benefit the College Drive project and provide the infrastructure needed to serve future generations of students.