March 10, 2015
AEP Truck Will Help ACTC Lineman Students
A bucket truck donated by American Electric Power Co. on March 9 will give a boost to ACTC students in the Lineman Program. The 14 year old 4800 International that was being retired by AEP will now help students learn to work on utility poles and practice bucket truck rescue techniques.
“ACTC is training the lineman of the future,” said Dell Borden, Customer and Distribution Services Manager at KY Power. “We have a lot of employees near retirement age, and it is very important that we get quality trained people that this college is providing us.”
“We are delighted to accept this truck,” said Dr. Kay Adkins, ACTC President & CEO. “When our students work with real pieces of equipment, their training is more realistic, and they are better prepared to move from the educational setting to the workplace.”
About 95 percent of Linemen Program graduates get jobs in the field, and AEP is among the primary employers, according to instructor Jim Speaks. Other graduates go to Grayson Rural Electric Co. Other graduates go to Grayson Rural Electric Co. and to major industrial employers like AK Steel, Marathon Inc. and Sun Chemical. “There are always good jobs out there for them,” Speaks said.
Apply Now for ACTC Paramedic Program
March 31 is the deadline to apply for the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program at Ashland Community and Technical College. The Paramedic Program prepares students to save lives. It is both a career pathway for those entering the health care for the first time and also a way for EMTs to go to the next level.
Jobs for paramedics are projected to grow at over three times the average rate for all occupations, according to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2018.
Paramedic training can be completed in one and a half to two years, and people must be an EMT before beginning the paramedic course. Applicants must also meet Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services application requirements
Students may earn either a certificate or Associate in Applied Science Degree. For both options, students take courses in anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, paramedic practice, clinical practical and management principles for healthcare.
The program meets the standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum for Paramedics and KCTCS – Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services. It has been accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates are eligible to take the national Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) exam.
This is a selective admissions program, and prospective students will need to submit both an ACTC application and a paramedic program application. Applications are available on line at: ashland.kctcs.edu under Academics, Programs of Study.
For more information, call 606-585-0256 or email: email@example.com. Classes will be held in the State Fire Rescue Training Area 10 Office in the old Boyd County High School Building at12307 Midland Trail Road in Ashland. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and classes in CPR, First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator are also offered through the Fire Rescue Science Program.
Waste Water Treatment Class
Kentucky Waste Water Treatment Operators can get 12 hours of state approved continuing education in a class held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31 and April 1, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Class topics will include package plant operations and maintenance, process control testing, and collection system operations and maintenance.
The class will meet at the ACTC Roberts Drive Campus. The fee is $135, and pre-registration is required through ACTC Workforce Solutions, 606-326-2072 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions for Festival of One-Act Plays
Ashland Community and Technical College Theatre will hold auditions for The Festival of One-Act Plays on Monday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus.
Auditions are open to area adults and high school and college students. Dramatic roles are available for male and female performers. Those auditioning will do cold readings from the script, and no advance preparation is needed.
The Festival will feature 12 short monologues and plays written by ACTC students in the fall 2014 playwriting class taught by Assistant Professor Jonathon Joy. ACTC faculty and staff members will direct the plays, and performances will be given April 24 to 26. For more information, email Dr. Carol Greene at ACTC, email@example.com, or call 606.326.2142.
Free Tuition Scholarships for Childcare Workers
Free tuition is available for summer and fall classes to childcare workers who want to earn credentials in ACTC’s Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Program.
The Kentucky’s KIDS NOW scholarship is designed to help working childcarestudents earn IECE certificates, including the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Director’s Credential, associate degree and even a transfer bachelor’s degree.
The only requirements for the scholarship are to be a Kentucky resident and student working at least 20 hours a week in an early childhood program in Kentucky, including state-funded public preschool programs or blended Head Start Programs. This includes dozens of childcare and daycare programs in the FIVCO area.
Scholarship students may take up to nine hours in a semester, with a total of $1,800 in tuition available per student each year. The IECE program offers five certificates as well as a diploma and an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Several IECE courses and many general education courses required for a diploma or degree are being offered this summer and fall.
All summer classes are online. Classes during the 1st Summer Session from May 18 to June 21 are Early Childhood Development and Family/Community Early Childhood Education. Classes during the 2nd Summer Session from June 22 to August 2 are Literacy and Language in IECE and Sciences and Math in IECE.
Anyone interested in pursuing IECE credentials and/or a degree at ACTC can email Robin Johns, IECE Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IECE scholarship applications for summer classes are being accepted through April 15 for summer classes and from April 16 to July 15 for fall classes as long as funds are available.
It is important to apply early since the scholarships are awarded across the state on a first-come, first-serve basis. The KIDS NOW Scholarship applications are at www.kheaa.com. For scholarship information, you may also contact PD Counselor Jenny Kiser at email@example.com.
New students will also need to complete an ACTC Application. Applications and admissions information are available at ashland.kctcs.edu, and applications may be submitted online. The application deadline for 2015 summer classes at ACTC is May 4.
Author Talks about Violence against Women
Carol E. Jordan will talk about her latest book in a program Thursday, March 26, at 12 p.m. in the Teleconference Room at ACTC’s College Drive Campus.
Her book, Violence against Women in Kentucky: A History of U.S. and State Legislative Reform, gives Kentucky women – specifically victims of rape, domestic violence, and stalking – a voice. Their stories punctuate her account of the struggles of advocates and legislators to bring legal protections to women.
Jordon is the executive director of the Office for Policy Studies on Violence against Women at the University of Kentucky and holds faculty appointments in the departments of psychology and psychiatry. She is coauthor of Intimate Partner Violence: A Clinical Training Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Women and Victimization: Contributing Factors, Interventions, and Implications.
Against a backdrop of the early sufferance and temperance movements, and passage of the 23rd Amendment grating women the right to vote, Jordon chronicles over 100 bills covering rape, domestic violence and stalking that were passed by the Kentucky General Assembly.
Violence against Women in Kentucky documents the progress that has been made, but also outlines the work yet to be done. Jordon also places Kentucky in a broader context by examining reform efforts across the nation. The book was published in June, 2014 by University Press of Kentucky.
Jordon’s appearance is a Women’s History Month program presented by the ACTC Diversity Committee and the Mansbach Library. The program is free and open to the public.
ACT Test Prep Reminder
High school students can get ready for the spring ACT college entrance test in a 16-hour class held Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 24 to April 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus.
Participants will go over ACT type questions, learn test-taking tips, review English grammar and punctuation and practice working arithmetic and geometry problems. The practice sessions will also help students overcome test anxiety and learn test taking skills.
The fee is $99, and students will need to purchase Baron’s Preparation for the ACT, available in the ACTC bookstore and other area or online bookstores. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call ACTC Workforce Solutions: 606.326.2072 or 800.928.4256 ext. 62072 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.