Ashland Community and Technical College

Ashland Community and Technical College

name = Ashland Community and Technical College

established = 1938
type = Public, 2 year
president = Greg Adkins
city = Ashland
state = Kentucky
country = USA
colors = Navy and Gold
affiliations = Kentucky Community and Technical College System
website = []

Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC), located in Ashland, Kentucky, United States, is one of 16 two-year, open-admissions colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).


The Ashland Junior College was founded in 1938 to allow students the opportunity to obtain an associates' degree or to complete their first two years of a bachelors' degree.cite web | title=Our History | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] cite news | title=Ashland institutions will merge into one | last=James | first=Mike | date=May 15, 2003 | accessdate=2008-01-14 | url= ] During the same year, the Ashland Vocational School was created by the Ashland Independent School system, providing vocational and technical training.

Authorized by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed by Governor Bert Combs in March 6, 1962, a mandate was placed upon the University of Kentucky to form a community college system.cite web | title=A Chronology of UK | publisher=University of Kentucky Special Collections & Digital Programs Division | date=January 2, 2008 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] Two years later, the Board of Trustees implements the legislation and established the Community College System, creating centers in Covington, Ashland, Fort Knox, Cumberland, Henderson and Elizabethtown. The Ashland Junior College was renamed the Ashland Community College and became part of the University of Kentucky Community College System. Eight years later, in 1970, Ashland Community College relocated to the College Drive campus.

On July 1, 1997, the Ashland Technical College and the Ashland Community College began preparations to merge under the "Higher Education Act", passed during a special session of the state legislature which also created the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). In the following year, in January 1998, the community college network in the commonwealth left the University of Kentucky to move to the new Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Five years later, on July 1, 2003, the Ashland Community & Technical College merged, consolidating functions.cite news | last=Gilmore | first=Amanda | title=Merger of ACC, ATC completed | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | date=July 1, 2003 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ]

In 2001, ground was broken for a new campus for the Ashland Technical College in the EastPark Industrial Park along the Industrial Parkway, with funding allocated two years prior. The convert|43000|sqft|m2|abbr=on. campus, referred to as the 'Ashland Community and Technical College Technology Drive Campus, was dedicated on December 19, 2005 at a cost of $10.4 million,cite news | last=James | first=Mike | title=ACTC EastPark dedication planned | newspaper=The Independent (Ashland) | date=December 2, 2005 | accessdate=2008-01-14 | url= ] although it did not open until August 16, 2004. An additional $18 million in funding was provided in 2005 for phase two, which will include housing for Culinary Arts, recreation areas, a small bookstore and administrative offices, and for phase three, which will include housing for shop areas for diesel, carpentry, auto mechanics and applied process technologies.

On February 21, 2005, ACTC signed into agreement with Marshall University to provide less costly opportunities for students in obtaining bachelor degrees.cite news | title="2-plus-2" | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | date=February 24, 2005 | accessdate=2005-02-24 | url= ] The program, dubbed the "two-plus-two" agreement, would allow students to take lower level courses at ACTC and the final two years at Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia. Although it was possible to receive a bachelor's degree in management from Marshall's Lewis College of Business, the agreement expanded the program to nine degrees in the business college.

Due to an aging facility, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is currently requesting $20 million for the renovation of the College Drive campus, as well as an extra $5 million over the next two years when the Kentucky General Assembly meets in early 2008. The campus would receive a new roof, new electrical wiring, new heating and air conditioning units, improved security features, improvements to parking lots, new paint, a refurbished science lab and new equipment.cite news | title=Ashland college seeking $20 million renovation | publisher=Herald-Dispatch | date=December 1, 2007 | last=Malloy | first=David | page=2A | url= ]


Three campuses encompass the ACTC system, the primary campus located on College Drive near downtown Ashland near 13th Street and is where business, education, health-related, information technology and transfer programs are offered.cite web | title=Welcome To Ashland Community & Technical College | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] The Roberts Drive campus, located at the southern edge of Ashland, offers several industrial technology degrees, such as Air Conditioning, Applied Process Technologies, Auto Mechanics, Computer Aided Drafting and Fire and Rescue Technology, and courses in Cosmetology and Culinary Arts.

The Roberts Drive campus will ultimately be replaced with the Technology Drive campus, located off of KY 67 (Industrial Parkway) at EastPark, which offers numerous industrial technology degrees that often reflect the job stock in the Ashland region that include programs in industrial maintenance, machine tool technology, electrical technology and welding.cite news | last=James | first=Mike | title=EastPark campus almost complete | date=December 12, 2003 | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | accessdate=2008-01-14 | url= ] In addition to technical programs offered at the Technology Drive Campus, it also serves as the home for the college's Business and Industry Services.

Academics and demographics

ACTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees.cite web | title=About ACTC | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] It also partners with area four-year colleges and universities, such as Marshall University, Shawnee State University and the University of Kentucky to offer "two-plus-two" programs that guarantees students that the courses completed at ACTC will transfer to their majors at a four-year school. There are five primary departments at ACTC: Department of Business Technology and Education, Health Sciences, Humanities, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Industrial Technologies, and Math & Natural Science. The departments offer a total of twenty-seven associates degree programs.

The college also offers numerous transfer programs.cite web | title=Degrees & Programs | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] The "Center for Community, Workforce and Economic Development" offers partnerships with local businesses and industries for on-demand performance- and quality-based training.cite web | title=Business and Industry Solutions | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] The college is also home to the "Ashland Area Innovation Center", a business accelerator that aids in the development of knowledge-based industries in eastern Kentucky, [cite web | title=Ashland Area Innovation Center | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] and the "Entrepreneur Center", a small business incubator that provides assistance for about two to three years to individuals or groups of individuals who have a desire to start a business. [cite web | title=Entrepreneur Center | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] ACTC also offers a "Ready to Work", and a similar "Work to Learn" program that assists low-income students and parents in northeastern Kentucky. [cite web | title=Ready to Work | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] The former provides paid work experience on and off campus, counseling and advising, job references and referrals, job readiness and life skills, while the latter provides basic adult education for those attempting to receive a GED.


As of September 18, 2003, fall enrollment at ACTC was 3,825, setting a record for the college. [cite news | title=Fall enrollment | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | date=September 18, 2003 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] Enrollment later increased to 4,756 for the fall semester of 2007, an increase of 14.7% from the year prior.cite news | title=Another record | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | date=December 22, 2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] Most of the increase in enrollment was due to increases in students obtaining college credit in high school, and by partnering with area businesses and industries for workforce training courses.


The Ashland Community and Technical College provides two libraries.cite web | title=ACTC Library | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] The Joseph and Sylvia Mansbach Library is located on the College Drive Campus, and is a research library and computer information center.cite web | title=College Information | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] It contains over 40,000 volumes, 1,000 videotapes and 380 periodical subscriptions, along with numerous online resources, and features a computer study area. The library also hosts numerous special collections, including materials relating to Jesse Stuart and Jean Thomas, and the Ashworth Collection for Learning Disabilities. The facility has also been a federal depository for over 60,000 government publications and information since 1990, which serves Kentucky's 4th congressional district.cite web | title= Federal Depository at the Mansbach Library | publisher=Ashland Community & Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ]

It also offers a smaller library at the "Roberts Drive Campus".


ACTC received a $150,000 gift from Ashland Inc. in December 2003 that created a permanently restricted endowment fund, the proceeds of which were distributed to ACTC and other KCTCS colleges to support math and science initiatives with a specific focus on high school and middle school students. [cite news | last=James | first=Mike | title=Donation | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | date=December 17, 2003 | accessdate=2008-01-14 | url= ]

In 2004, the "Ashland Community and Technical College" established the "Fulfilling the Promise Campaign" to set an endowment goal of $3.2 million. The first major contribution was from Perry and Susan Madden in December 2006, who donated the former Parsons Department Store building in downtown Ashland. The convert|89000|sqft|m2|abbr=on. building, dating to 1926, currently houses the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center and the upper four-floors could be renovated for college classrooms and for a 500-seat convention center under a $10 million to $12 million program. The museum will continue to occupy the ground floor, mezzanine and basement. [cite news | title=Former Parsons department store is donated to ACTC | last=Malloy | first=David | date=December 14, 2006 | publisher=Herald-Dispatch | accessdate=2008-01-14 | page=1C | url= ]

On September 12, 2007, an anonymous gift of $1 million was made to the community college's foundation to establish an endowed chair in mathematics and sciences.cite news | title=$1M gift made to ACTC math and sciences | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | date=September 12, 2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] The endowed fund was designed to "reward and encourage outstanding math and science faculty in perpetuity" and it was the first gift of over $1 million that the college had received. Recipients will receive an annual cash reward of 2% of the value of the endowment fund each year for a two year period, with an additional award recipient added each year.

As a result of the gift of $1 million, total endowment credited during the campaign was $5.2 million.cite news | last=James | first=Mike | title=ACTC drive tops out at $5.2 million | publisher=The Independent (Ashland) | date=December 30, 2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] Other major gifts included funding of faculty and nursing classes at King's Daughters Medical Center, the Booth Foundation, Saul and Harriett Kaplan Foundation scholarships, Lincoln and Katherine and Scott scholarships and partial funding of evening nursing classes at Our Lady of Belefonte Hospital. The campaign funded $333,000 in scholarships.

tudent life

ACTC has an active student population, with several organizations and associations spread across three campuses.cite web | title=Student Clubs & Organizations | publisher=Ashland Community and Technical College | date=2007 | accessdate=2008-01-02 | url= ] The main campus hosts three organizations that include a Baptist Student Union, a student-led organization that offers fellowship and devotion, a Drama Club that is open for those with an interest in theater production, and Students in Free Enterprise, a nationwide student organization that promotes partnership with area businesses to develop projects which teach the principles of free enterprise and entrepreneurship. Several associations are located on the main campus and include the Kentucky Association of Nursing Students, a national pre-professional organization for students interested in nursing or enrolled in the nursing program, the Multicultural Student Association, a group that promotes cross-cultural and racial understanding, and Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Two inter-college organizations include Student Ambassadors, who serve as hosts or hostesses, tour guides and recruitment role models and Student Government, which provides a representative body of the student body.

The Roberts Drive campus also contains a [ Theatre] , which hosts numerous student-organized productions throughout the year.


External links

* [ Ashland Community and Technical College]
* [ Kentucky Community and Technical College System]

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