Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 13, 2013

Accelerating opportunity grant


Nov. 13, 2013 — Starting this spring, Ashland Community and Technical College will offer fast tracked education and training for students who are not college ready.

Accelerating Opportunity is a grant funded project to help unprepared students become college and career ready at the same time. The focus is on getting skills and credentials for a  family-sustaining jobs.

“This is a way for students who need extra support for college-level classes to get ready for a job in the shortest possible time,” said Chrisha Spears, Accelerating Opportunity Project Coordinator.

To qualify, adults need to be high school graduates or working towards a GED. For more information, contact Spears at 606-326-2425 or email

Accelerating Opportunity is a community college initiative of Jobs for the Future, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates, Joyce, W.K. Kellogg,  Kresge, and 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 Kentucky, one of five states selected for this national project, are the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.  All KCTCS colleges are participating, and grant information is at: