Office Technology Vacancy

The Breathitt Area Technology Center is looking for a new Office Technology Instructor.

The requirements and job posting link can be found here.

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FBLA Students Work with the 4-H Dollars and Sense Program


On October 11, 2013, members of the Breathitt ATC FBLA traveled to LBJ Elementary School in Jackson, KY to help run the 4-H Dollars and Sense program.


On October 24, 2013, members of the Breathitt ATC FBLA traveled to Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School in Jackson, KY to help run the 4-H Dollars and Sense program.

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FBLA Members participated in a fun activity designed to teach young elementary school students how to spend money wisely. The program has proved to be a fun way to learn how to manage money, with both the elementary students and FBLA members having a lot of fun.

For more information about the Dollars and Sense program, please contact Jessica Ritchie, the Breathitt County 4-H CEA.

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Breathitt ATC Offers a Full Range of Career Readiness Opportunities for High School Students

As the 2013-2014 school year begins, Breathitt Area Technology Center is poised to provide high school students in Breathitt County with a full range of career readiness options. The BATC is committed to helping students leave high school with a trade skill, employability skills, or both. Below is a list of the various offerings and their purpose.


All Seniors taking ATC classes will get to take the WorkKeys assessment free of charge. WorkKeys, from the makers of the ACT test, is a workplace readiness test. It allows students to showcase their ability to accurately process the kinds of information most workers deal with on a daily basis. Students who score at least Silver level on all three parts will receive a Workplace Readiness Certificate with a code printed on it that can be used by employers to verify a student’s successful completion of that test.


Seniors who have taken three or more classes in a given program will take the KY Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA) for that program. Passing this test certifies that students have a good understanding of the skills needed in the trade being tested. KOSSA certificates are widely recognized by government agencies and industry throughout KY.

Industry Certification

Each technical program at the BATC offers national, industry-recognized certifications to students who complete three or more classes in the program. These certifications include (by program):

  • Automotive Technology – ASE Student Certification
  • Carpentry – National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Carpentry Certification
  • Electricity – National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Electricity Certification
  • Health Science – Medicaid Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, and/or EKG Technician
  • Office Systems Technology – Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) for passing three out of four tests Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access

Career Readiness Certificate

If a student completes three or more classes in one program, passes either the WorkKeys or KOSSA tests, and gets industry certification, he or she will get a Career Readiness Certificate. Students who complete the Career Readiness requirements are recognized during Senior Awards Night and receive a special mint green honors cord to wear at graduation.


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Katlin Koehler Qualifies for National MS Word Competition

Katlin Koehler advanced to the Certiport MOS Word 2010 Internatioal Competition in Anaheim, CAKatlin Koehler, a junior at the Breathitt Area Technology Center, has advanced to the Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2010 National Competition in Anaheim, CA. The competition will take place at the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference on June 29 held at the Anaheim Hilton. This is the first year the competition has been part of FBLA.

Ms. Koehler is the only representative from the KY Tech system and one of only five students representing the entire state. To qualify, Ms. Koehler scored an impressive 908 out of 1000 on the Microsoft Office Word 2010 Exam. During the competition, she will be taking the Word 2010 Expert Exam.

Before year’s end, Ms. Koehler will be Microsoft Office Specialist Certified in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The staff at the Breathitt ATC could not be more proud of Ms. Koehler’s accomplishment and wish her the best of luck at the competition.

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Breathitt ATC FBLA Helps Teach MRC Students “Dollars and Sense”

On Friday, December 7, 20012, twenty-two members of the Breathitt ATC FBLA visited Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary to help with the 4-H “Dollars and Sense” program.

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The program simulates budgeting and making smart buying choices. The elementary students are given a budget of $135 (in play money) and must visit and make a purchase from each of several stores (operated by the FBLA members). Each store has several buying choices in different price ranges. When students decide what they want to purchase, the FBLA members take payment for the purchase and record it in the students’ check registers.  The students must learn how to make wise choices so they can stay within budget. The young buyers are allowed to return items if they run out of money before visiting all stores. Some of the students learned about tough buying choices since they ran out of money before visiting all stores! At the end of the day, everybody had a great time and learned a little along the way.

The program was organized by Ms. Jessica Mullins and Mrs. Stacy Neace of the University of Kentucky Extension Office 4-H Program. The members and advisers of Breathitt ATC FBLA would like to thank these ladies for the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile activity.


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Breathitt ATC Clubs Help Out at the 2012 Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School Fall Festival

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On Friday, November 9, 2012, members of the Breathitt Area Technology Center FBLA, SkillsUSA, and HOSA clubs visited Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School to help run the annual Fall Festival.

MRC Reading Recovery Coach Virginia Herald organizes the event each year and ensures that each ATC student knows the rules for the game they will be running. Some of this year’s games included basketball shoot, ball dart throw, disturb the jug, ladder toss, and the fish pond. The MRC students won lots of prizes. As usual, the ATC club students had a great time helping the elementary students. After the Festival had concluded, Mrs. Hearld treated the 38 ATC students  to deep fried Oreos.

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Office Tech Program Recieves Visit from MSU President

On Monday, October 22, 2012, Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne Andrews and MSU Early College Program Coordinator Mr. Joel Pace visited the Office Technology classes at Breathitt Area Technology Center. The delegation from MSU wanted to check on the progress of the Computer Literacy (CIS101) courses offered by instructors Joe Mayabb and Jerry Smith. Mayabb and Smith were happy to report that the CIS101 students are doing well and are on track to earn three credit hours for the course in December.

(L-to-R) Dr. Wayne Andrews, Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Melanie Stevens, Instructor Joe Mayabb, Instructor Jerry Smith, and EC Program Coordinator Joel Pace
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The MSU Early College (EC) Program aims to offer high school students a chance to earn college credit through MSU by taking University-sanctioned classes taught by qualified faculty at the students’ high schools. In order to qualify for the program, students must have a composite ACT score of 18, have a 3.0 GPA, and be a Junior or Senior.  This is the first year that Breathitt ATC has offered any EC courses. According to Program Coordinator Joel Pace, the EC Program has been wildly successful at several schools within MSU’s service area, despite only having been in full-swing for two years.

The Office Tech instructors hope to continue offering EC courses in the future, as it has been a welcomed opportunity for the students. A section of CIS211 – Spreadsheets and Database Applications will be offered in Spring 2013. For more information, call Jerry Smith at 606-666-5153.

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ATC/BHS Joint Career Fair October 25, 2012 from 8-11am

Breathitt High School is planning a Community Career Day for October 25, 8:00 to 11am.  We are asking for your participation to showcase options for local employment.

We realize the future of Eastern Kentucky is in our youth and it is our goal to provide skilled employees to meet your future needs.

Being very aware that you may not be able to spend the entire time with us, we ask that you or a representative commit to at least a portion of the day.  In the event you are unable to attend.  Please contact us five (5) days prior so we may plan accordingly.

A career coordinator will be contacting you in the future.  We are looking forward to working with you and providing insight into career opportunities for the youth and future of Breathitt County and Eastern Kentucky.

Please respond to Breathitt High School at 666-7511 or Breathitt ATC at 666-5153 and request a career coordinator.

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Breathitt ATC Students Participate In Job Fair

[singlepic id=688 w=320 h=240 float=right]On Sept. 27th, Breathitt County ATC’s Carpentry, Electricity, and Automotive Skills-USA clubs, along with Breathitt High School’s TSA club members visited the annual K4C Construction Fair held in Shelbyville, KY. It truly was a great experience for our students. Each student had the opportunity to meet construction industry professionals and discuss future career opportunities, some were even offered jobs. All vendors had great demonstrations in which the students got to participate. Everything from house framing to electrical wiring and concrete pouring was demonstrated. Club members also enjoyed activities such as, operating a back-hoe, man lift, excavator, boom truck, crane and building many small projects.

“We’re already looking forward to next year,” says Breathitt ATC Carpentry instructor Gene Booth.

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Breathitt ATC Auto Tech Instructor Honored by ASE

Breathitt ATC Auto Tech Instructor Jesse Tackett receives a medallion in recognition of being certified ASE Master Technician for 25 years

Jesse Tackett, the longtime Automotive Technology Instructor at the Breathitt Area Technology Center, has been honored by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for being a certified ASE Master Technician for 25 years. Mr. Tackett was awarded with an official ASE medallion and a letter of congratulations on the achievement. To maintain ASE Master Technician status, Mr. Tackett has had to recertify in all eight areas recognized by ASE every five years since he began at the ATC in August 1986.

Along with instructing hundreds of students, Tackett is the senior member of the Breathitt ATC staff where he has provided guidance for the younger staff during his tenure. The entire staff would like to congratulate him on this achievement.

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