Register Now - ACTC 12-Week Classes Begin February 8



Megan Smedley



   Ashland Community and Technical College is accepting applications for the 12-week session that begins on Feb. 8 and end May 9.

   12-week classes have the same content as semester-long classes, but cover the content in a shorter time.

   Classes offered in-person/hybrid include Welding for Maintenance and Welding for Maintenance Lab, Application Process Operations, Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, Writing I, Strategies for College Success, and Career Planning Seminar.

   Online classes include Introduction to Art, Introduction to Biology, Intro to Biology Lab, Introduction to Networks, Basic Public Speaking, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Writing I, English Workshop, History of the US Since 1865, College Algebra, College Algebra Workshop, Modern Social Problems and Introduction to Sociology.

   Jan. 25 is the last day to submit an admissions application for 12-week classes.

   Admissions forms and information are online at: 

   New students enrolling only in the 12-week session may be eligible for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 

   Currently enrolled students are not eligible to receive additional financial aid for 12-week classes added to their schedules, and visiting students are not eligible to receive financial aid through ACTC.

For more information on 12-week enrollment, call 606.326.2040.


Fox hired as Director of Technology Solutions

   Dr. Larry Ferguson, President/CEO of Ashland Community and Technical College is pleased to announce the selection of Jim Fox as Director of Technology Solutions, effective Jan. 16.  

   Fox was hired at the college July 1, 1996 and is currently the Information Technology Coordinator.  He recently completed a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University. 

   Fox is looking forward to working with students, faculty and staff in his new role. 

   “I am enraptured by this opportunity in being the new Director of Technology Solutions at ACTC.  I want to continue our tradition of keeping the I.T. department at high standards like we always have in the past and embrace new technology opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff,” he said. 

   Karen Blevins, Dean of Business Affairs, expressed her confidence in Fox’s abilities. “I look forward to working with Jim in this capacity.  I’m confident he will do a great job,” she said. 

   “We are elated to have selected one of our own to lead our Technology Solutions Team,” said Ferguson. “Jim has decades of experience in information technology and the leadership skills needed to help us innovate and move forward.” 


Skidmore accepts grant development responsibilities  

   Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) faculty member, Ashley Skidmore, has taken on additional responsibilities as Grant Development Specialist for the college.  

   Skidmore began her work at ACTC in August 2008 as a developmental reading instructor.  Over time, she took on additional courses in developmental and college-level English.  She currently serves as an associate professor of English and will continue to teach with a reduced load. Her role as Grant Development Specialist began on Jan. 4.  

   She holds a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Kentucky and began her professional career as a middle and high school teacher at Boyd County and Fairview Independent schools before being hired at ACTC.   

   Despite not having a professional background in grant writing, Skidmore says she is focusing a good deal of time this semester on grant-specific professional development opportunities. 

   She says she pursued this assignment because it allows her to contribute to one of the major lifelines for community projects:  funding. 

   As Grant Development Specialist, Skidmore will help oversee grant curation, consideration, and award management. She will also be receptive to new ideas, provide advice, answer questions and write grants as needed. She will spend most of the remainder of this year training for the role and developing policy-based procedure to help everyone understand the process for seeking grant funding at ACTC.


Nursing application deadline approaching

   Feb. 1 is the application deadline for Ashland Community and Technical College’s (ACTC) Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program that begins fall of 2021. 

   Once successfully graduating from the program, students in the ADN program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become registered nurses.

   ADN is a selective admission program. Applications are available online at under Education and Training, Program Finder, then Nursing. New students must also submit an ACTC application.    Application to the program does not guarantee acceptance. 

   More information is available by emailing Natalie Robinson, program coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..