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PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will hold a workshop to assist students, prospective students, parents and/or guardians with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 18 in the Atrium on the Pikeville campus.

This year, the federal government has moved the FAFSA deadline to October 1 to better align with college admissions season.

Jimmy Wright, dean of student services, said it is important that students and/or prospective students file their FAFSA as early as they can to receive such first-come, first-serve grants such as the College Access Program grant.

“We want the community to know that we are here to help,” said Wright. “We understand that this can be a daunting task for a student and their parents or guardians. We’ll have our staff on hand to work with everyone one on one to ensure that applications are complete and in line with all federal and state requirements.”

BSCTC offers 30 programs, more than 200 credentials, the state’s lowest tuition and online course options. The college serves more than 10,000 students annually in credit, non-credit and workforce development training.

For more information, contact Stephanie Abshire at (606) 218-1222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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LCHS senior celebration LCHS senior celebration

 On April 28, Ashland Community and Technical College held a senior celebration for graduating Lawrence County High School students. Approximately 125 students participated in the activities.

ACTC advisers, recruiters and financial aid specialists helped students fill out applications and schedule placement testing and orientation.  Students could find out about career choices and the different programs offered by ACTC.  They also enjoyed corn hole, volleyball, basketball, and a pizza lunch.

Each year, ACTC hosts a senior celebration for high schools in the FIVCO area served by the college. The celebrations mark the end of the students’ high school years and encourage them to think about college as their next step.

LSHS seniors posed for a senior celebration photo April 28 in the high school gym.




Actress Jennifer Garner lobbies Ky. lawmakers for Save the Children work in Appalachia

FRANKFORT—Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (right), speaks with actress Jennifer Garner before appearing at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee to discuss the importance of early childhood literacy programs.FRANKFORT—Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (right), speaks with actress Jennifer Garner before appearing at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee to discuss the importance of early childhood literacy programs.

Actress Jennifer Garner told Kentucky legislators Tuesday that once she became a Hollywood star with the ability to be a philanthropist, "I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. I knew it had to be kids in rural America."

Garner, who grew up in West Virginia, asked lawmakers "to preserve $1 million in funding for Save the Children’s early childhood and literacy programs that serve more than 12,000 Kentucky children," Valarie Honeycutt Spears reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. "She joined Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver at Senate and House committee meetings to discuss the value of high-quality early learning."

Shriver and Garner, who is on the organization's board, had breakfast with new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Bevin has proposed a 9 percent budget cut for most agencies, including preschool services, but his plan has $941,400 for the Save the Children program, and Senate President Robert Stivers, "who held a news conference with Shriver later Tuesday, said, 'I think there is a high likelihood that it would survive' through the legislature's budget process," Tom Loftus of The Courier-Journal reports. "Save the Children programs have shown stronger results in Kentucky than in any other state in helping kids from birth through the third grade, Shriver said."

Written by Al Cross Posted at 2/10/2016