Second Job Fair at ACTC Sees Growth in Employers, Students Attending



   Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC), in partnership with the Ashland Alliance, held a job fair for current ACTC students and alumni earlier this month. 

   Attending the November 12 job fair were 27 employers with a total of 60 company representatives.   There were 112 students, representing many different programs, who participated. This number included alumni and graduating students seeking employment and current students seeking employment or internship opportunities.

   These numbers are up from the first job fair held last spring, which saw 20 employers with a total of 36 company representatives, as well as 70 students/alumni.

   “Ashland Community and Technical College is filled with bright and motivated students eager to enter the workforce. Our department and the Ashland Alliance wanted to co-host a Job & Internship Fair this semester to provide students and alumni with access to a variety of employers and educate them on how to network, explore career opportunities, and conduct their job search,” said Ashley Vanderpool, Director of Career Services.

   She added, “This event is also a valuable opportunity for employers to increase their brand awareness around our college and provide them access to high-quality job candidates.”

   Employers who attended included: Kentucky Career Center/FIVCO Area Development District, United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 248, Pathways, Inc., Huntington Electrical JATC, Cintas, Hotwork-USA LLC, Thermal Solutions, Inc., General Mills, Kentucky State Police, Vertiv, Valero Renewables, National Guard, Nesco Resource, Davis H. Elliot Company, Inc., Tech Medical, Inc., Ramey-Estep/Re-group, Engineered Profiles, D&S Community Services, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, Eagle Addcar Mining- Ashland, KY, Kingsbrook Lifecare Center, Wieland, FirstLight Home Care of Eastern Kentucky, Bimbo Bakeries, Coast Personnel Services, Kentucky Department of Corrections- Probation and Parole and Kelly Services.

   Career Services is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

   For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 606.326.2231.


ACTC receives $25k endowment fund

   Ashland Community and Technical College was awarded a $25,000 scholarship endowment during today’s Rotary Club of Ashland meeting.

   “When we talk about the Rotary as an organization, we try to leave our motto of ‘service above self’ and see what we can do for our community,” said Scott Rigsby, President of the Rotary Club of Ashland. “We couldn’t think of a better way to serve our community than an endowment at ACTC. This endowment will allow the Rotary to have a long-lasting impact on the Ashland area. These scholarships will allow students to get the training they need to be more productive members of our community.”

   The endowment was made possible due to donors Ron and Diane Cartee.

   “We are very appreciative of Mr. and Mrs. Cartee for making the donation that allowed for the creation of this scholarship endowment. It has been a pleasure working with them and admire their commitment to local students who want to further their education,” said Brooke Seasor, Director of Resource Development.

   Incoming or current students of Ashland and Community College will be eligible for a $500 per semester scholarship.

   Applicants must be a resident of Ashland and have a 2.5 or above GPA.

   “We are so thankful to the Rotary Club of Ashland for investing in our students’ futures through the creation of this endowment,” said Dr. Larry Ferguson, ACTC President/CEO. “This endowment will take some of the financial burden off of the students who receive the scholarship and allow them to focus on their education.”

   Cartee says he is thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Ashland community.

   “We are looking forward to seeing the expression on the faces of the students and their families when they receive a scholarship,” he said. “This scholarship endowment will give a start for students who need training for their futures and also gives students who might not get a chance to come to college the opportunity to do so.”

   For those interested in donating to the endowment, donations can be made via check made payable to ACTC Foundation (and mailed to Kim Minnehan, Manager of Resource Development, Ashland Community & Technical College, 1400 College Drive Ashland, KY 41101) or by calling Kim at 606.326.2071. Donors can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a link to donate electronically.


ACTC English honor society to hold book drive

   Ashland Community and Technical College’s Sigma Kappa Delta students are hosting a Children’s Literature Drive.

   ACTC’s Sigma Kappa Delta’s Mu Delta chapter is an English honor society for two-year colleges. The club promotes academic excellence and fosters students’ interest in all aspects of English, including literature, language, and both creative and critical writing.

   “Reading is a fundamental skill in every child’s brain development. Reading books out loud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. Reading helps children develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word,” said Laura Tussey, Sigma Kappa Delta advisor.

   Tussey is asking that the community contribute by donating new or gently used books to the drive by December 1.

   Books can be dropped off to Professor Tussey visiting the College Drive Campus (Room 347), or by calling 606.326.2208 to arrange for pick-up.