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KCTCS board approves new associate program to support Braidy Industries

VERSAILLES, Ky. — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents on Friday approved an associate in applied science in advanced integrated technology for Ashland Community and Technical College.

Offering the degree was a direct request from Braidy Industries, which is developing a new aluminum manufacturing and stamping mill at EastPark.

The mill will be located directly across from the ACTC Technology Drive campus and is projected to employ 500-550 workers. The focus of the AIT program is to train students in advanced technology applied to plant operations.

The high level of unemployed and underemployed workers in the area creates a substantial need for the program.

“We pride ourselves in understanding and responding to the needs of the communities we serve,” said board chair Marcia L. Roth. “The AIT program for ACTC is a perfect example of how our colleges offer the solution to our state’s workforce skills shortage.”

The degree program has drawn considerable interest already. More than 200 people showed up recently at the first of three informational sessions at EastPark on the degree and potential jobs at the plant.


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