SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
ACTC Offers Advanced Standing Program for LPNs
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Licensed Vocational nurses (LVNs) who want to become registered nurses can apply now for Spring 2016 Advanced Program offered by Ashland Community and Technical College.
With the program, LPNs and LVNs can earn two semesters of credit in ACTC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program.
Students admitted to the course earn one semester of credit for their LPN / LVN license (Nursing 101). Those who complete the Advanced Standing course (Nursing 197) will have earned a total of 15 credit hours in nursing.
Designed for LPN/LVNs who demonstrate the ability to build upon previous learning and experience, the course focuses on developing skills necessary for a transition to the RN role. Students cover topics such as critical thinking in the care of clients with dysfunctional health perception-health management, value-belief, rest-sleep, activity-exercise and nutritional-metabolic health patterns.
October 1 is the application deadline. Admission to the course is selective, based on ACT or NLN Pre-RN exam scores, completion of prerequisite courses and other admissions measures. Applicants must have a valid unrestricted LPN or LVN license and have worked one year full-time within the past three years or graduated from LPN/LVN school within three years.
Applicants must submit both ACTC and Advanced Standing applications plus official transcripts for high school/GED and post-secondary institutions attended. Applications are online at ashland.kctcs.edu and are also available in the Admissions Offices at College and Technology Drive Campuses.
For more information, contact Coordinator Elizabeth McGinnis 606.326.2150, email: email@example.com or call the Health Science Office, 606.326,2086.
A Christmas Carol Auditions
ACTC Theatre will hold auditions for A Christmas Carol on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3:00 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21 and 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus.
Auditions are open to students and adults. In addition to speaking roles, there are “walk on” (non-speaking) parts for men, women, and children who want to be town’s people.
Those auditioning will read from the script, and no advance preparation is required. Young children should be accompanied to auditions by an adult. Anyone under 18 must have a release signed by a parent. Releases will be available at the auditions and should be returned no later than the first rehearsal.
Rehearsals will be held weekday evenings. Community performances are December 3 to 6, and noontime school matinees are December 2 to 4. For more information, email Dr. Carol Greene at ACTC, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 606-326-2142
ACT Prep Class
High school students can get ready for the ACT college entrance test in a 16-hour class designed to help overcome test anxiety and improve test-taking skills.
Participants will go over ACT type questions, learn test-taking tips, review English grammar and
punctuation and practice working arithmetic and geometry problems. The instructors are Jason Shields, ACTC Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness, and Rebecca Clark, an experienced English/Reading instructor.
The class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 29 to Oct. 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus. 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.
Basic Motorcycle Rider Course 2
The Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) is a one day class for experienced riders. The course encompasses overall control of the bike: slow, tight maneuvers, hard cornering, hard braking and swerving.
The class is open to riders who have a valid permit and street legal cycle. Students will ride their own cycles in the class, and passengers and three-wheeled cycles are allowed. The guideline for experience is that the students feel comfortable on the bike.
Students who successfully complete the class will get the MSF card that entitles them to an insurance discount on cycle insurance. There is also an optional on-cycle skills test and written test for the KMP completion card that waives the road test required for a license.
The class is Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the fee is $75 for KY residents and $150 for OH or WV residents. Enroll through ACTC Workforce Solutions, email@example.com or 606.326.2130.
Employee Handbook Workshop
Employee handbooks are essential for employers, regardless of the number of employees. In this workshop, participants will learn why employers need handbooks and what handbook provisions should be included and which should be avoided
This is one of a series of HR Law classes designed for human resource professionals by Leigh Gross Latherow, an employment law attorney. The workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus. The fee is $35, and enrollment is through ACTC Workforce Solutions, firstname.lastname@example.org or 606.326.2130.
ACTC Faculty Promotions
The following Ashland Community and Technical College faculty were promoted effective July 1, 2015.
Curtis Bowman was promoted to Professor of Welding Technology. An Ashland resident, he started teaching at the college in 2003. He has an Associate Degree from ACTC and is the Welding Technology Program Coordinator. He serves on the college IPRE (Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness), Technology and Welding Curriculum committees. “Student success is the goal, and when we teach students to meet quality standards,” he said. “Having three shifts of welding class shows that we are meeting local needs.”
Wendy C. Fosterwelsh was promoted to Professor of Art. An Ashland resident, she started at the college in 2006. She has a Masters in Fine Arts Degree from Georgia Southern University. She serves on the college Distance Learning and Sustainability committees. She works with area community and education groups to develop and promote interest in the arts. “I like watching students master a concept or a drawing technique,” she said. “I love teaching students who start with no interest in art and then grow to love art.”
Mary Hendricks Shortridge was promoted to Professor of Communication. An Ashland resident and Russell High School graduate, She started at the college in 1997 part time and became full time in 2003. She has a MA in Adult and Continuing Education from Morehead State University. She is co-chair of the college Associate in Science/Arts Committee and serves on the Theatre and Faculty Rules committees. She is the ACTC representative on the KCTCS Communications Curriculum Committee, and she works with writing and community service groups.
Jesse J. James was promoted to Assistant Professor of Electrical Technology. An Ashland resident, and Greenup County High School graduate, he started teaching at ACTC in 2011. He has an Associate Degree form ACTC and is working on a Bachelor’s Degree through Morehead State University. He serves on the college Sustainability Committee and Faculty Council. Hi is also member of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education. “Interacting with my students and teaching them the skills they need to know for their chosen trade is rewarding, and the greatest reward is watching them succeed,” he said.
Vicki McGinnis was promoted to Assistant Professor of Communications. A Greenup resident, she started at the college in 2009. She has a MA in Curriculum and Reading from the University of Kentucky and a Rank I in Education from Morehead State University. She serves on the college Curriculum Review and Professional /Organizational committees. She is also on the Russell Education Endowment Foundation Board. “I enjoy helping new college students establish a foundation in reading and successful student strategies for their college success,” she said.