Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


March 26, 2014

ACTC & Holy Family Collaborate on Early College Program

March 26, 2014 — Ashland Community and Technical College and Holy Family Collegiate High School in Ashland have an agreed to offer an Early College Program (ECP).

Through a memorandum of understanding signed March 20, the two institutions will provide courses that allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and a college associate degree.

Students will take their ninth and tenth grade courses at Holy Family in an academically challenging college preparatory program. In eleventh and twelfth grade, the students will be enrolled in an Associate Degree program at ACTC and will take their courses at one of ACTC’s campuses.

“We live in changing times where education is becoming ever more important,” said Father John Noe, Pastor for Holy Family Church.  “This program is an opportunity for students to complete both a diploma and two years of college during in their high school years.”

“We are pleased to partner with Holy Family in this initiative to enhance education in the region,” said Dr. Kay Adkins, ACTC President and CEO.  “By working with our area school systems, we expand the opportunities available to college-bound students.”

A first class high school class at Holy Family will start this fall, and those students are expected to be ready to start at ACTC in Fall 2016.  Applicants don’t have to be Catholic, and students from anywhere in the tri-state area may apply.

Before taking classes at ACTC, participating students must complete the ACTC application process with appropriate placement exams and will be dually enrolled in both institutions. 

For more information on Holy Family Collegiate High School and the Early College Programs, contact Interim Principle Dr. Barry Gowin at or Administrator Matt Anderson at or call 606.324.7040.

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