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In just three years, more than half the jobs in Kentucky will require some college training. That means for Kentuckians without college experience, especially those that havent completed high school or earned their GED, the job market is bleak. Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) offers a program called Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) that can help people quickly earn a credential while earning their GED, if necessary, that will put them on a path to a better paying job. Most programs are completed in one to two semesters. Students then can enter the workforce or continue working toward additional credentials.

Through AOKY, students can work toward earning diplomas, certificates and associate degrees with the help of a team of educators and coaches. Basic skills such as reading, writing and math are taught along with the chosen technical program with two instructors working together in the classroom. Students receive additional assistance in support labs with study skills, math, reading and writing. They also are assigned a success coach and career coach who help oversee all aspects of the educational process and help with job search activities and referrals.

BSCTC offers AOKY programs in Auto Technology, Electricity and Welding Technology on its Mayo campus. BSCTC is currently enrolling students for the fall semester. New and returning students can take advantage of a Registration Blitz on August 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; August 12-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Financial aid is available for most programs to students who qualify.

Classes start on August 17.

For more information, contact Christina Lowe at (606) 788-2838 or email or visit