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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://aoky.kctcs.edu/.