ACTC Offers Nail Tech Course and Hosts Open House



Megan Smedley, ACTC 

Public Relations Specialist


   The cosmetology department at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) will be offering a Nail Technician certification course, which begins May 10.

   Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spots in the course are limited, so enroll early!

   The one-semester course runs through July 30. After successful completion of the course and 450 clock hours, students can sit for their licensure exam.

   The course covers all nail services from manicures, pedicures and acrylics. It also provides knowledge of the art and science of nail technology, as well as applying the rules and regulations of the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology as it should be used in the salon.

   The course also introduces bacteriology and infection control through the practice of disinfection procedures, as well as the study of the cells and structure of the hand and arm.

   Students will also learn about beauty salon management, including the practice of interacting with clients, co-workers and supervisors.

   ACTC’s admissions application is free to complete.

   Those who enroll in the course should follow up with the Office of Financial Aid once registered for summer financial aid packaging information.

   To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

   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..

   For more information about the certification, contact Mourine Smith, Cosmetology Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Community College Month shines a spotlight on the role, importance of KCTCS to Kentucky


   Guaranteed access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all people is why community colleges were established. Community colleges, including the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), provide education to students with the fewest resources and most barriers. Yet, these students go on to great careers or achieve success at a university.

   The 16 colleges of KCTCS:

•are Kentucky’s largest providers of higher education, workforce training, online learning and dual credit classes.

•are the most affordable path to work or to a bachelor’s degree.

•offer short-term programs that help people get to work quickly.

•are Kentucky’s primary educators of life-saving nurses and other health care professionals.

•train the most skilled trades workers in Kentucky.

•are number two in the nation in the number of credentials awarded by public, two-year colleges.

•had a record number of graduates last academic year in the middle of a pandemic.

   April is Community College Month, which brings the good works of KCTCS colleges to the forefront. The primary goals of Community College Month, established by the American Association of Community College Trustees, are to improve awareness of the economic, academic and equity advantages of attending community colleges. Dedicating a month to community colleges and their students’ successes also helps shatter longtime stigmas wrongly associated with public two-year colleges.

   During the last year as COVID changed the world, KCTCS students, faculty and staff had stellar results even though they had to adapt to remote learning and working. This was a challenge for some who had no broadband access, no computer or both. Some students completed coursework on their phones.

   Several colleges received grants to purchase computers for their students and others loaned them used ones. The colleges also set up Wi-Fi hotspots in their parking lots and other areas. Because so many students and their families were unemployed and suffered from food insecurity, each college also provided food pantries.

   Despite all of this, KCTCS had a record number of graduates receiving a record number of credentials.

   KCTCS colleges played an integral role in their communities as well. As hospitals and other medical providers needed equipment for current or future patients, all 16 colleges stepped up to donate personal protective equipment along with beds and ventilators. Colleges use these items in nursing, respiratory therapy and other health care programs.

   Additionally, colleges that offer 3D printing programs created faced shields for local hospitals staff.

   “Community College Month is the one time each year that America focuses on the student success and good works of colleges in their communities,” KCTCS Interim President Paul Czarapata said. “Our mission is to improve the lives and employability of Kentuckians. It’s something we take very seriously and live every day. Our colleges’ response to the pandemic clearly shows this.”


ACTC to host open house April 23 

   Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) will be hosting an Open House on Friday, April 23.  

   The event, which will be held outdoors, will be at the College Drive Campus from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

   The Open House will be an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about ACTC and ask questions about admissions, financial aid, and talk to current students and program coordinators. 

   “We are looking forward to having prospective students visit our campus, learn about our programs and discover the next steps in enrolling as a student at ACTC,” said Steve Woodburn, Chief Student Affairs Officer. “By doing this outside, it will be a unique and safe experience.” 

   High school students and their parents, recent high school graduates and adults considering college for advancement are invited to come and learn about dozens of programs to help them prepare for high skill careers or for university transfer as a junior. 

   Registration for fall is ongoing, and the open house will help prospective students learn how to get enrolled. ACTC offers full semester, twelve-week and eight-week classes this fall. Aug. 2 is the application deadline, and classes start Aug. 16. Class schedules and admission forms are online at 

   College Drive Campus is located at 1400 College Drive Ashland, KY 41101. 

   To register, visit  For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..