VERSAILLES, Ky. (March 16, 2018) — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved an associate in applied science in advanced integrated technology (AIT) for Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) during its quarterly board meeting today. Offering the AIT degree was a direct request from Braidy Industries, which is developing a new aluminum manufacturing and stamping mill in Boyd County.
The aluminum mill, located directly across from the ACTC Technology Drive campus, will employ 500-550 individuals. The focus of the AIT program is to train individuals in the field of advanced technology as it applies to plant operations. The high level of unemployed and underemployed workers in the area creates a substantial need for this program.
“We pride ourselves in understanding and responding to the needs of the communities we serve,” said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Marcia L. Roth. “The AIT program for ACTC is a perfect example of how our colleges offer the solution to our state’s workforce skills shortage.”
In other action, the board:
• Approved an associate in applied science in welding technology for Madisonville Community College.
• Ratified three certificate programs.
• Approved 5,938 academic credential requests between October 4, 2017 – January 9, 2018 (associate degrees, diplomas and certificates). These credentials include: 3,977 candidates for certificates; 321 candidates for diplomas; and 1,640 candidates for associate degrees.
The next KCTCS Board of Regents meeting will be June 15 at Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington.