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BSCTC, Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center to offer free FAFSA assistance at Prestonsburg Kentucky Career Center on November 10


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center (CEOC) will provide free assistance for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, November 10 at the Kentucky Career Center, located at 686 North Lake Drive in Prestonsburg.

“We are proud to partner with the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center and the Kentucky Career Center to bring this opportunity to the community,” said Billie Jean Cole, director of enrollment management at BSCTC. “For many, the FAFSA can be a daunting process, but we’ll be on hand to explain the process and assist people in completing their application.”

This year, federal guidelines pushed the start date of the application to October 1.  The deadline was created to better align with college admission dates.

BSCTC has financial aid staff on its Prestonsburg, Pikeville and Mayo campuses Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The college offers 30 programs and more than 200 credentials.  Spring classes start January 9.

For more information or to register for classes, contact Cole at (606) 886-3863, Ext. 94808 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.