ACTC Receives $16,500 to fund energy efficiency job training
ASHLAND, Ky., March 21, 2016 – Ashland Community and Technical College on Monday received a $16,500 grant from Kentucky Power to enhance job training in the energy field.
“Job opportunities in energy, especially weatherization and energy efficiency, continue to grow in our region and across the country,” said Kentucky Power President and COO Greg Pauley. “This grant is one small way we can show our continuing commitment to eastern Kentucky. It will allow Ashland Community and Technical College to help those in Lawrence and surrounding counties to be ready for job opportunities in this growing field.”
The grant to Ashland Community and Technical College is part of Kentucky Power’s commitment to help expand job opportunities to those in Lawrence and seven surrounding counties. The energy efficiency grant was created as part of a 2014 agreement with the Kentucky Public Service Commission and others.
“We greatly appreciate Kentucky Power’s support of ACTC’s programs,” said Dr. Kay Adkins, president and CEO of ACTC. “This donation will help us stay on track in creating cutting-edge programs that meet the needs of our region.”
Brad Hall, Kentucky Power’s external affairs manager for economic development, said, “The grant is meant to foster job development skills that can help those displaced in our communities find meaningful, good paying jobs in our area.”
Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Frankfort, Ky., provides service to nearly 170,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties. It is a unit of the American Electric Power system, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.