William P. Mullins, Jr, was unable to attend ACTC’s Graduation Ceremony May 11 because he was working at his new job at the Marathon refinery in Catlettsburg.
He was one of three Applied Process Technology (APT) Program students who participated in the first internship program with Marathon this spring. “When my intern position ended, I was offered a job which I gladly accepted,” said Mullins, an Ashland resident and 1993 Paul G. Blazer High School graduate.
Preparing for a good job was the reason Mullins entered the APT program after AK Steel announced its plan to shut down the Ashland Coke Plant where he worked.
“I heard about the APT program from friends and thought it sounded promising with its high percentage of graduates finding decent income jobs,” he said.
“I took a chance and set my goals high. It has been a long tough journey, but two years later I can say things have fallen into place even better than I had hoped,” he said. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in APT with the Chemical/Power Plant.
“I can honestly say ACTC was a great experience for me,” Mullins said. “I met some great people, and Bob Chaffins, Woody Fosson and Ralfred Hall were three of the professors who made my experience at ACTC very rewarding.”
At ACTC Honors Night May 9, he received an American Chemical Society Student Recognition Award. He was honored to receive the award but considers his job to be the real award for his college efforts.