With the number of people who remember the early years of Ashland Community and Technical College’s predecessor institutions constantly shrinking, the college wants to find as many of them as possible and harvest their memories.
Specifically, ACTC wants pictures of the institution’s early years.
The college is about to launch a 75th anniversary celebration, and the pictorial resources of its early staff and graduates are an important part of the process, said college spokesman John McGlone.
Ashland Junior College and Ashland Vocational School both formed in 1938 and over time morphed into Ashland Community College and Ashland Technical College, then merged to become ACTC.
ACTC is planning a number of observances to commemorate the anniversary during the coming year, McGlone said. Exactly what sort of events are in store remains under wraps, but the college wants to involve its older graduates and staff.
Recent years, from the late 1970s on, are fairly well documented, but college records have less information on the decades before that.
The colleges were established separately, Ashland Junior College as a two-year institution for pursuit of associate degrees and bachelor degree prerequisites, and Ashland Vocational School as an offshoot of the city school district to train workers for war work.
The junior college, later renamed Ashland Community College, was taken into the University of Kentucky Community College System, while the vocational school eventually became part of the state’s Workforce Development Cabinet.
In 1997, the Kentucky General Assembly created the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, merging the two institutions during the next few years.
Since then ACTC has grown, both in enrollment and in physical size. The college broke ground on a campus in the East Park industrial park in 2001, opened the campus in 2004, and since then has more than doubled in size there.
Those with pictures may call McGlone at (606) 326-2400 or email him at email@example.com. The college also plans to put out a call for reminiscences of college days, which it will use in various ways during the anniversary year. The celebration will culminate in the spring 2014 graduation.
MIKE JAMES can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2652.