ACTC Hosts Comedy Show and Young Men’s Conference


Megan Smedley, ACTC 

Public Relations Specialist 


   Student Activities at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) is excited to announce a free comedy show for students, faculty and staff.  

   The comedy show, hosted by Southcentral Community and Technical College, will be held March 2 at 7 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.  

   Orlando Baxter, a former high school teacher turned star comedian, will be performing.  

   Orlando Currie, Student Activities Coordinator at ACTC, says the idea was brought up during a meeting of all the student activities coordinators in the 16-college system, and Currie thought this event would be a great way for all of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) colleges to work together. 

   “They say laughter is the best medicine. One thing I love about comedy is that it can bring so many different races, genders and personalities together to enjoy and interact with one another,” Currie said. “To see all the different KCTCS students, faculty and staff come together for one event that day will be the satisfaction for me.” 

   He added, “Despite everything that has happened in the last year, we will rise, because they can’t stop the community in the college.” 

   This show is exclusive for KCTCS students, faculty and staff and registration is required to attend. Register by visiting: 


   ACTC’s Young Men’s Conference will be held virtually Friday, March 19 from 9:15 a.m. to noon. 

   Participants will be eligible to win large prizes such as wireless headphones, a big-screen TV, and other electronics. All participants will receive a T-shirt. 

   "The committee and I are excited for year five of the Young Men's Conference. Sadly, we had to cancel the 2020 event the day before the event due to COVID-19. The event was scheduled for Friday, March 13. Little did we know that would be the last day that schools would meet for a very long time,” says Chrisha Spears, event organizer. 

   “This year we are offering a virtual conference and invite all boys grades 8-12 to participate in the event. This free event will provide inspiration and motivation and mostly importantly fun, during a time when our youth need more encouragement than ever," she added. 

   Scott Hill, King’s Daughters Executive Director-Community Engagement, says, “I am super excited to share five keys to success I have learned with my experience and education. I plan to have fun motivating these young men to succeed while juggling and spinning basketballs!” 

   Hill has spoken at each Young Men’s Conference since the first event. 

   Other speakers for this year’s event will be K.D. Wilson, Wes Thompson and Jeremy Holbrook. 

   Event sponsors include Marathon Petroleum Corporation, King’s Daughters, Community Trust Bank, City National Bank, Vesuvius USA, and more. Anyone wishing to sponsor can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

   To register for the event, please complete the online registration form at 


Harrison Accepts Fellowship in Diversity

   Since 2013, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has had the KCTCS Fellows Program, created in an effort to increase diversity throughout the system.   

   Kevin Harrison is the latest to be selected for the fellowship program and has accepted the role of Senior Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC).  

   Harrison previously worked at the college as the Assistant Dean for Campus Affairs as well as a faculty member.  His most recent college assignment has been through Workforce Solutions as the Apprenticeship Coordinator.  

    “Diversity is an area that is integral to the mission of the college and with the enhanced focus on the importance of diversity nationwide, the Cabinet and I felt that we needed to add some resources to this department,” Dr. Larry Ferguson, ACTC President/CEO, said in an internal announcement made Monday.  

   Ferguson says Harrison will continue to work closely with Workforce Solutions to finalize several projects. 

   Harrison says he is looking forward to serving the college in his new role and working to bring cohesiveness and power to the underrepresented minorities at ACTC and in the community. 

   “It’s really exciting to see that the president is excited about doing this and wanting to see the types of initiatives this role will bring to our campus,” he said. 

   Ferguson said the role of Director of Cultural Diversity, served by Al Baker, will not change. 

   “Al will continue to do a great job of recruiting and retaining minority students, which includes working with our communities,” he said. 

   This new position will report to Chief Student Affairs Officer, Steve Woodburn, and will provide additional leadership in the current diversity department by assisting with diversity employment strategies, serving as a resource for faculty in diversity related issues, helping with community partnerships, developing diversity related trainings for employees and students, preparing the local diversity report and other diversity and inclusion projects.  

   “This is not just for our college, but for the community at large and working to create a more tight-knit community,” Harrison said.  

   Harrison says he believes this position is one of the things that has been missing at ACTC, and he looks forward to serving in that capacity.  

   “I look forward to seeing what our new emphasis on diversity can accomplish,” said Ferguson.