ACTC Hosting Veterans Day Program



Megan Smedley, ACTC

   Ashland Community and Technical College will be holding a special Veterans Day program on Thursday, November 11. The event will be open to ACTC employees, students, and the community.

   The program will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the College Drive Teleconference Room, with Chief Warrant Officer Jennifer Maggard being the keynote speaker at the event.

   “I had the privilege of hearing Chief Warrant Officer Maggard speak before,” said Craig Pleasant, Veterans Services Coordinator.  “She provides some unique insights from her experience serving during the War on Terror.  The audience comes away with a greater appreciation for the sacrifices of our Servicemen and Servicewomen.  She is a wonderful role model for our young ladies across the state of Kentucky.”

   CW4 Jennifer A. Maggard reported to the University of Kentucky ROTC program on 1 July 2019.

   CW4 Maggard is a native of Versailles, Kentucky, and enlisted in the KY Army National Guard as a junior in high school in 1997. She enlisted into the JFHQ as a 92A and completed Basic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia in Jan of 2000.

   She soon started working fulltime as a GS5 technician in the G1 as an administrative assistant. She volunteered to deploy with the 223rd Military Police Company to Bosnia in 2001 for Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning she continued her technician career until the 223rd MP Company was called to deploy again in 2003 for Operation Iraq Freedom. After returning home she accepted an Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) position with the 2/75th Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Frankfort where she earned her senior recruiter badge.

   While recruiting for the Aviation Brigade in 2008 she decided to resign from the AGR program and attend Warrant Officer Candidate School and Initial Entry Rotary Wing becoming the 3rd female pilot to fly in the state of KY. In 2010 she and her now former husband adopted their daughter Ellie and worked with state legislator to get a bill passed to grant National Guard Soldiers an adoption benefit that is equal to what active duty and state employees were receiving.

   In 2013 she returned to the AG branch where she served as the State Family Programs manager. She later served as the State Education Officer and then returned to recruiting and retention as the Budget Officer. While serving as the Budget officer she volunteered to instruct at the Regional Training Institute (RTI) for Warrant Officer Candidate School where she was and is to this day the only female to instruct and Train Advise and Counsel (TAC) at the KY RTI and later became the Commander at the school house. Her next assignment was to the G1 as the Enlisted Personnel Manager for about a year and a half when she was selected to be assigned to the University of Kentucky ROTC program. She is the first Warrant Officer to be associated with an ROTC program known to date. She currently has helped start and is the first Director for the Warrant Officer Accession Program. She is the honored mom of 10 year old Ellie.


ACTC and SKYCTC leaders attend institute

   Ashland Community and Technical College’s Chief Academic Affairs Officer, Dr. Todd Brand and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Provost, Dr. James D. McCaslin, attended the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Future Presidents Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

   “I was honored to be able to be part of an institute with some of the strongest community and technical college minds in the country,” said Dr. Brand. “Community and technical college leaders face unprecedented challenges as we prepare for the future of work, recover from the pandemic, and continually seek to refine and reframe our missions for a 21st century workforce.  Community and technical college education has come a long way, but we still have much work to do.” 

   According to the AACC website, the AACC Future Presidents Institute provides hands-on experience for senior leaders aspiring to the community college presidency. The association has gathered years of research from new CEOs about what they wish they had known before assuming the presidency.

   The institute provides the opportunity for like-minded individuals in the education sector to meet in-person to discuss current events, trends and topics affecting community colleges across the nation.

   “While it is always good to network with colleagues from across the United States, the AACC Future Presidents Institute was particularly impactful because we not only had the opportunity to interact with thought leaders in the vanguard of our field, we were able to do so in-person,” stated Dr. McCaslin.

   The faculty for the institute is drawn from the community college leadership field and are highly skilled presidents, chancellors, and groundbreaking leaders. Institute faculty leverages their community college leadership expertise and field-based practical skills to create new knowledge and enduring concepts that shape the practice of community college leadership.

   Dr. Samuel Todd Brand is a native of Mississippi.  Prior to his appointment as Academic Dean at ACTC, he served as a high school speech teacher, high school basketball coach, community college faculty member, community college basketball coach, and community college division chair.  He most recently served as Chair of Fine Arts/Communication and was Arts & Letters Series Director at Meridian Community College. His teaching areas are communication and economics. 

   Dr. James B. McCaslin joined SKYCTC 10 years ago as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the SKYCTC Franklin-Simpson Center.  He later served as Vice President of Outreach and Community Development and was subsequently named Provost in July of 2019.  Prior to joining SKYCTC, McCaslin worked in various roles at Western Kentucky University for 12 years.