Accelerating Opportunity KY

Why Accelerating Opportunity KY?

  • 54% of all jobs in Kentucky (1.1 million jobs) will require some postsecondary training beyond High School in 2018.
  • 71% of students entering KCTCS need remediation in one or more areas.

The Accelerating Opportunity initiative is all about jobs, the economy, and improving opportunity for adults. This initiative is also helping drive economic recovery by helping adults get the credentials and skills they need to get and succeed in family-sustaining jobs. Kentucky’s vision is to implement a collaborative career pathways model that prepares students to be college and career ready.

Implementation of Accelerating Opportunity KY began in the spring semester 2014 at Ashland Community and Technical College. Pathways offered are Industrial Maintenance and Health Care.

The goals of Accelerating Opportunity KY are to:

  • Identify and remove barriers that prevent adults from entering and completing their education.
  • Allow adults to earn stackable credentials that bear academic credit.
  • Work with business community to ensure students are getting the skills they need in the workplace.
  • Implement worker-friendly, flexible programs that provide clear and relevant educational opportunities that result in a job with family sustaining wages.

What’s different with Accelerating Opportunity KY?

  • Combines basic skills education (math, reading and writing) with technical skills training.
  • More support within the classroom with two instructors.
  • Students receive additional assistance with tutoring, study skills and personal student services.
  • Work closely with community and industry employers to provide career opportunities and development.
  • Students receive one-on-one services with a Success Coach/Career Coach (resume writing, job search, interview prep, etc).

WHO (is a good candidate for Accelerating Opportunity KY)?

Accelerating Opportunity KY is for adults who want to: 

  1. Further their academic career by going to college to receive short-term credentialing.
  2. Receive extra help in math, reading and writing.
  3. Enter or re-enter the workforce.  

WHY (be a part of Accelerating Opportunity KY)?

Accelerating Opportunity KY offers students:

  1. Personalized attention and support from ACTC and Adult Ed instructors.
  2. Assistance with resume development, job searching, and how to utilize academic/non-academic ‘wrap-around’ services.
  3. A pathway to a better-paying, high-demand job...and a brighter future!
  4. In many cases, college classes at little to no cost through Financial Aid or a variety of other funding streams.

WHAT (can I learn)?

Through Accelerating Opportunity KY at ACTC, students can receive technical training in two fields:

  • Health Care Foundations

HOW do I qualify?

WHERE (are classes held)?

Industrial Maintenance classes are held at ACTC’s Technology Drive Campus, located off the Industrial Parkway (KY 67). Health Care Foundations classes are offered at our College Drive Campus.

For more information, contact:

Chrisha Spears
Ashland Community and Technical College
Accelerating Opportunity KY Coordinator
College Drive Campus Office 156A


Accelerating Opportunity is a community college initiative of Jobs for the Future, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, and in partnership with Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the National Council for Workforce Education, and The National College Transition Network. The core partners in the state are Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training