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Workforce Solutions at Ashland Community and Technical College will offer two workshops to help small businesses build their customer base through referral marketing.

Referral marketing is a powerful tool for growing small businesses. The workshops outlined below will help businesses define and build a referral network that can increase sales with little extra expense.

“Networking Vs. Selling – Finding Your Starting Point in Business Referral Marketing” will be held Thursday, April 21, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Technology Drive Campus.  Participants will learn why networking is important, and how to define their business marketing mission, identify key target markets, develop emotion based messages and positioning statements, build a network and develop relationships using “VCP.” The registration deadline is April 19, and the fee is $35.

“18 Tactics to Motivate Your Business Referral Network” will be held Thursday, May 5, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Roberts Drive Campus.  Family, friends and current clients can help market a business. Participants will learn proven tactics and strategies to motivate their network to help develop business clients and relationships. The registration deadline is May 2, and the fee is $25.

These workshops are presented by ACTC Workforce Solutions in partnership with Morehead State University’s Small Business Development Center. To register contact Jessica Lucas, Workforce Solutions Specialist , email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 606.326.2238.


Workshops on Getting Grant Money

Grant money often makes the difference in how well an organization can complete its mission.  Two workshops at ACTC are designed to help community, educational and philanthropic organizations find and secure grant money. Administrators, grant writers and program directors will learn to search for grants that meet their needs and to write proposals that get the attention of grant makers.

The workshops are taught by ACTC’s Director of Grants, Sarah Diamond Burroway.  She is a certified Grants Specialist and Grants Evaluator and has successfully written millions of dollars in grant proposals since 1998.

Each workshop is held on a Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus. The workshop fee is $29 apiece or $45 for both.  Enroll through ACTC Lifelong Learning, 606-326-2072, 800-928-4256 ext. 62072 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“The Hunt for Big Grants” on April 25 is for organizations that need to find a large grant quickly.
Where do you search?  How do you find a grant that will meet the needs of your organization?  How do you stay updated on new grant announcements?  Participants will learn where and how to navigate for free grants resources on the Internet.

“Writing Strong/Getting Grants” on May 2 will help organizations compete for grants with strong, compelling proposals. Participants will learn to write problem statements, goals and objectives and will practice hands-on writing exercises designed to boost the power of even the toughest proposal.


Administrative Professionals Day Reminder

An Administrative Professionals Day Program April 27 at ACTC gives area organizations the opportunity to recognize the important people who keep their businesses and offices running. The day-long program features workshops on office, organization and time management skills and presentations on creating a more positive office environment and a healthier diet.

Held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Technology Drive Campus, the program includes continental breakfast and catered lunch. The fee is $79 per person. To register, contact: Jessica Lucas, Workforce Solutions Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 606-326-2238.

BCTCS students with school president Dr. George Edwards

PAINTSVILLE , KY (April, 4, 2011) – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) hosted its 10th Annual Honors Night Friday April 1, 2011.  The event took place on the BSCTC Mayo Campus in the Mayo Auditorium.

Dr. Bill Loftus, BSCTC professor opened the ceremony with a heartfelt invocation.  Dr. Loftus offered words of encouragement and remarked, “Education is essential in life,”

BSCTC President, Dr. George Edwards recognized the students’ for their achievements and offered words of congratulations and greetings.

BSCTC student representatives, Lisa Rutherford and Chelsea Lafferty provided insightful, reflective speeches.  Rutherford spoke on the art of learning and education and noted Aristotle with the following passage:

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.  We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.  We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Guest speaker, Kentucky State Representative, Leslie Combs Shown at right with Dr.  George Edwards) welcomed the students and their guest and told the audience, “You are so fortunate to have the leadership of Dr. George Edward and Dr. Nancy Johnson at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.”

Representative Combs provide a vibrant dialogue on the problematic issues facing Kentucky today (i.e.) drug epidemic, education, economic development and healthcare, etc.

Combs stated, “Education is a priority with me.”  “Education is the basis for all that we do.  We must education people about these issues.  We must change IQ to Do Q.  We can do this through education and personal achievement.  You can make ‘luck’ can make a difference in your communities.”

Representative Combs further elucidated, “When people around you excel and achieve—everyone benefits.”  She encouraged the students to apply their success and reap the rewards in their personal lives and in their communities.  Combs concluded with, “Everyone needs to work and help each other and bring about a good society.”

At the end of the ceremony, students were honored for their personal achievements.  BSCTC Provost, Dr. Nancy Johnson introduced the students to the audience as President Edwards and Representative Combs presented the students with certificates of achievements.

BSCTC President, Dr. George Edward echoed the sentiments of Representative Combs as he closed the ceremony.  Edward recognized the families, friends, and support groups who supported the students and explained the importance of their roles in the success of the students.

For more information about the many programs and services offered at Big Sandy visit, or call (606) 886-3863.

BSCTC advances excellence and innovation in teaching, learning and community service.


Louisa student included in exclusive honor society;


WILLIAMSBURG, KY -- Katelynn Hardin of Louisa, Ky. recently accepted membership and was initiated into National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year Students at University of the Cumberlands.

Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full-time freshmen students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better at a four-year college or university.

Alpha Lambda Delta emphasizes that educated persons have a responsibility to "have tolerance in your dealings with all persons, generosity in giving to those in need, and insight into the feelings of others" says Dr. Glenda Earwood, executive director of the society. Members are challenged to make a "meaningful contribution to society."

Hardin has taken an oath to continue to "maintain high scholarship and to use my education for the benefit of my community, my nation, and the world in which we live."

Both Alpha Lambda Delta and University of the Cumberlands believe that recognition of academic excellence among first-year students encourages them to continue their successes throughout their college careers and aids in retention. Cumberlands' chapter advisors are Kathy G. Fish, professor of English, and Linda Carter, dean of Student Life, whose leadership is vital to the recognition of academically talented first-year students, as well as to the chapter's growth and achievement.

Since 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta has recognized outstanding students on college campuses throughout the country. The society has initiated more than 850,000 gifted students and has awarded more than one million dollars in scholarships.