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February 7, 2018

Ashland Community and Technical College was honored with a 2017 Tree Campus USA recognition by the ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Volunteers worked under a canopy in Ashland’s Central Park to sort and hand out trees during the annual Arbor Day tree giveaway in 2017. Nearly 2,900 seedlings were distributed to area residents. The seedlings included dogwood, pawpaw, persimmon, red oak, shagbark hickory and Kentucky Coffeetree.]Volunteers worked under a canopy in Ashland’s Central Park to sort and hand out trees during the annual Arbor Day tree giveaway in 2017. Nearly 2,900 seedlings were distributed to area residents. The seedlings included dogwood, pawpaw, persimmon, red oak, shagbark hickory and Kentucky Coffeetree.]

This is the third year in a row ACTC has earned the recognition.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Paul Seasor, director of maintenance and operations at ACTC, said an effort has been made to bring native species of trees back on campus, along with removing invasive species, which will help make the campus more eco-friendly and sustainable.

“We are preserving what healthy trees we do have and when we remove an unhealthy tree, we replace it with a species that is better suited for our region, or is more disease resistant,” he said. “We are planning for the future by following our campus tree plan. This will assure we are looking toward the future of trees on campus.”

Students at ACTC are also involved with a service learning project in partnership with the City of Ashland to do a tree giveaway each April at Central Park.

“We also provide educational seminars, like the one we had last fall when we offered a free screening to students and the community of ‘Hometown Habitat,’” Seasor said.

Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Ashland Community and Technical College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 344 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $48 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

Enroll now for bi-term classes

Feb. 26 is the application deadline for spring bi-term classes at ACTC.

Bi-term classes begin on March 12 and are eight-weeks long, half the length of traditional semester classes but with the same content as semester-long classes. Students can take up to seven credit hours of classes in general education subjects required for associate degrees and diplomas, as well as specialized courses in technical programs.

All courses listed below are online unless otherwise mentioned.
General education classes are Intro to Art, Intro to Biology, Intro to Communications, Intro to Interpersonal Communications, Writing I, Writing II, History of U.S. through 1865, History of U.S. since 1865, Intro to the Humanities, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Modern Social Problems and College Algebra.

Also offered online are Managerial Accounting, Intro to Computers, Connecting Networks and Microsoft Server Advanced Service.

On campus courses are offered in Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Electrical Technology and Computerized Manufacturing and Machining.

The CADD courses in Engineering Graphics, Descriptive Geometry, Parametric Modeling and Industrial Applications develop skills needed for a jobs in architectural, civil, mechanical and manufacturing fields.

Electrical classes are Electrical Motor Controls II and Electrical Motor Controls II Lab.
CMM courses in Manual Programming CAD/CAM/CNC, Conversational Programming and Intro to 3-D Programming develop skills for operating CNC machine tools.

Admissions forms and program information are online at For additional information, call 606-326-2040 or 606-326-2228.

Bi-term classes start March 12 and end May 6. New students enrolling only in the bi-term session may be eligible for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at For more information, call 855-246-2282.

ACTC Photography Classes

ACTC is offering classes taught by J. Bird Cremeans, a local photographer and experienced Photoshop instructor. Classes are from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus.

Intro to Photography is designed for beginners and hobbyists and will meet on Wednesday evenings starting March 14-April 18. Participants will get one-on-one instruction, notes and assignments to learn how to use their cameras’ settings. The fee is $75.

Intro to Photography 2 will meet on Tuesdays, March 13-April 17, and will cover advanced features and techniques such as EV and flash compensation, advanced white balance and metering, and other manual settings. A camera with manual functions is recommended. The fee is $75.

There will also be a Photoshop class. It will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 12-April 16. This class is ideal for anyone interested in photography, graphic design, photo restoration and digital scrapbooking. The fee is $85.
To register, contact Workforce Solutions at 606-326-2072 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Electrician exam prep class

Are you ready to sit for the Kentucky state electrical exam?

If you have the hours and experience, but need a refresher course before the test, ACTC Workforce Solutions is offering an Electrician Journeyman and Master License Exam Preparation Class.

The class is led by Lennis Adkins, a Kentucky licensed master electrician with more than 40 years of electrical experience. He is currently the construction manager of Boyd County Fiscal Court.

The spring session begins on March 3 and goes through April 7, meeting on six Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon at the Roberts Drive Campus. Participants will get a total of 24 contact hours and have the opportunity to take a practice exam.
Registration is $299 per person and includes the class workbook. After the class, students are encouraged to register to take the actual exam facilitated by ACTC. Required materials are the latest edition of International Building Code book with marking tabs.

To register, contact Workforce Solutions at 606-326-2072 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ACTC campuses closed for President’s Day

In observance of President’s Day, all ACTC campuses will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19. ACTC will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 20.


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