Microsoft Courses, College Credits for High School Students, and Scholarship Grant



Megan Smedley, ACTC 

Public Relations Specialist


   Registration for Workforce Solutions classes that will allow participants to learn about Microsoft Office programs is now open. 

   Among those are Microsoft Word 2019, Microsoft PowerPoint 2019, Microsoft Access 2019, Microsoft Excel 2019 and Microsoft Outlook 2019.  

   Instructional courses for older versions of Microsoft products are also available.  

   The classes, which are six-weeks in length, can be instructor-led or self-paced.  

   Each course costs $129. A value suite, focusing only on Excel, PowerPoint and Word is also available. The fee for that course is $324.  

   Each course within the Microsoft Office 2019 Value Suite will introduce participants to the basic features and functionality of Microsoft's 2019 software. 

   Students complete these interactive courses entirely over the Internet. All courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. These courses are affordable, fun, fast and convenient. 

   To search for the classes listed above or to see the entire catalog of classes, visit to find course descriptions, instructor information and user-friendly instructions.  

   For more information, contact Robin Harris, Director of Workforce Solutions, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


   Registration is open for Fall 2021 courses at ACTC. To set up a visit to campus or to schedule an appointment with an advisor, contact the Welcome Center by calling 606.326.2040 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

   ACTC will host a drive-thru graduation ceremony for students who graduated during Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 on Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at the College Drive Campus.  


   The Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) program at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) has received its second $10,000 scholarship grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. 

   The Gene Haas Foundation’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for machine technology students.  

   Scholarships can be used for tuition, books, student’s personal National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) account, cost of individual NIMS credentials and required tools for the program. 

   Credit or non-credit (certificate) training is eligible for scholarships. Only public schools, 501©(3) private schools or the manufacturing program’s 501©(3) foundation may apply.  The Gene Haas Foundation does not grant funds to individuals or third-party organizations to distribute scholarships. 

   “Receiving this grant is important for the CMM program because it helps students with necessary funding for schooling and it is an aid to increasing awareness of the need for training in machining and manufacturing,” said Dan Pancake, CMM program coordinator. “This vital program has been experiencing low enrollment for many years all over the country so this grant is a tool used to increase awareness, enrollment and success in the CMM program.” 

   There are currently three students at ACTC who are using the scholarship fund.   

   Machine tool students are awarded these grants based on availability of funds, need and continued success in the CMM program. 

   Through classroom instruction, students in the CMM program receive a hands-on experience learning to position work pieces, adjust machines and verify the accuracy of machine functions and finished products. 

   ACTC offers two diplomas and three certificates to prepare graduates for machine shop employment. Certificate and diploma credits may be applied toward an Associate in Applied Science Degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies. 

   Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYStats) in 2019 for the TENCO region, salary can range from $27,642 to $50,811 based on experience.  

   The degree and diploma credential programs are four semesters in length. Certificates can be earned in as little as one semester or as many as three, based on pace and the certificate chosen. 

   Pancake can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

   Learn more about the CMM program by visiting 


   Through the dual credit program at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC), high school students have the opportunity to earn college credit in both general education and career and technical education (CTE) courses. 

   ACTC partners with 11 local school districts to offer dual credit courses: Ashland Independent, Boyd County, Carter County, Carter Christian Academy, Elliott County, Fairview Independent, Greenup County, Lawrence County, Raceland-Worthington Independent, Russell Independent, and Rose Hill Christian.   

   In addition, ACTC recently partnered with four technology centers to offer dual credit in technical courses:  Russell Area Technology Center, Greenup Area Technology Center, Boyd County Career and Technical Center, and Carter County Career and Technical Center.    

   ACTC also has an early college agreement with Holy Family. 

   “ACTC works on building strong relationships with our partner school districts, and dual credit is a key part of these relationships.  We hope to see many of these students on our campus as credential seeking students after high school graduation,” said Vicki McGinnis, Dual Credit Coordinator.  “There are many ACTC scholarship opportunities for students after high school graduation.  Students who earn dual credit in high school and then finish a degree with us could potentially come out owing little or no money for tuition, depending on their program.”  

   ​ACTC offers certificates and degrees in a wide array of career paths for students in two years or less, or a significant savings in costs for courses to transfer to a four-year institution. Dual credit can shorten the time to degree completion or transfer for students willing to take on the challenge of college level work in high school. 

   For students interested in CTE courses such as business, criminal justice, nursing, welding, and electrical, students taking dual credit will have an early start on completing those two-year degree programs at ACTC. 

   Dual credit students have two types of scholarships from the state they can use to pay for courses—dual credit scholarships and Work Ready dual credit scholarships. 

   Dual credit scholarships are available to juniors and seniors.  Students are eligible for two total scholarships, to be used at any point during their junior or senior year.  They may be used on general education courses or CTE courses. Students who are Kentucky residents and attend public or private schools, as well as homeschooled students are eligible for this scholarship. 

   The Work Ready dual credit scholarship may only be used for CTE courses.  The range of CTE courses allowed for these scholarships includes business and criminal justice, along with the more hands-on courses such as welding and electrical.  Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade are eligible for up to two Work Ready dual credit scholarships per school year. Kentucky residents who are students in public schools are eligible for this scholarship.    

   Some school districts pay for their students’ dual credit coursework not covered by scholarships, and other districts require students to pay if they are not using a scholarship. 

   The tuition for a dual credit scholarship is set by the state legislature. Currently the rate is 40% of the cost for a credit hour at KCTCS, putting it at $215 per three credit hour course. 

   ACTC coordinates enrollment in dual credit through the high schools, so interested students should start by contacting their high school guidance counselors.