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"It's Happening NOW!  You DON'T want to miss this!"


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We are so excited to have our students back!!!

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Here is a link to the RATC's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan for 2021-22.  


Required Enrollment Forms for the State

The State Enrollment Forms Packet for all 21-22 RATC students must be completed and returned to the RATC.  If you have not already completed and returned these forms to the RATC, please do so as quickly as possible.  Please click this link to the enrollment forms packet for your convenience.


  Pin on Fondos de pantalla en movimiento    Students & Parents: Check out this cool video about Career and Technical Education (CTE)!  It is just under 3 minutes long, but it explains how valuable joining our CTE pathways can be for your student!!!  The future is NOW!!!

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February is CTE Celebration Month!!!  We are so proud of the RATC, our faculty & Staff, and our students!!!!  Take a look at our Teacher Pages below & get to know them!  We have EXCELLENT people serving our students at the RATC!  


We are so proud of our Programs & Teachers here at the RATC!!!

Meet RATC's FABULOUS Teachers

Visit our "Building Teachers & Departments" link above to watch your teacher's Introduction/Welcome Video.  This is the place for you to view our Program Courses, Industry Certification/End of Program Testing, as well as meet your teacher virtually!  

RATC Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Jennifer Phipps


RATC Teacher Spotlight - Mr. Aaron Woolum - Welding

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RATC Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Melissa Wilburn - Business


RATC Teacher Spotlight - Mr. Shawn Parsons - Computer-Aided Design & Drafting

RATC Teacher Spotlight - Mr. Tom Springer - Electricity


RATC Teacher Spotlight - Ms. Layne - Health Science


RATC Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Andrea Rose - Health Science


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Business & Management & FBLA with Mrs. Melissa Wilburn  -  Mrs. Wilburn and her seniors are preparing for their Certification Testing!  We are excited for them to test and be certified as they graduate!  FBLA is registering for the State Competition!  So proud of Mrs. Wilburn!  The future is NOW in our Business Program!!!   

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design & SkillsUSA with Mr. Shawn Parsons - SkillsUSA is in full swing with active membership and exciting plans!  Way to go, Mr. Parsons!  Mr. Parsons has many senior concentrators working hard to attain their Certification in CAD as well!  We are proud of Mr. Parsons and our students!!!  The future is NOW in our CAD Program!

Computer Science & National Technical Honors Society & FBLA with Mrs. Phipps - We have several members who have been accepted into the National Technical Honors Society thanks to Mrs. Phipps!  We are so proud of Mrs. Phipps and our students who have been accepted!!  Also, Mrs. Phipps and her seniors are gearing up for Certification testing!  The future is NOW in our Computer Science Program!

Electricity & SkillsUSA with Mr. Tom Springer  - We are so proud of our Construction Program and Electricity students!  Their Industry Certification process is made up of over 20 individual tests!  Many of our seniors have come in to complete these tests toward their certification during our small group time!  So proud of Mr. Springer & our seniors!  The future is NOW in our Electricity Program!  

Health Science - Medicaid Nurse Aide & HOSA with Ms. Sherrie Layne - We are so proud of our Medicaid Nurse Aide Pathway and students!  MNA is offered for Dual Credit through ACTC this year!  This is a great opportunity for our students to springboard into Nursing at the College level and be hired with a Nursing Home/Residential Facility upon Certification!  So proud of Ms. Layne & our MNA students!  The future is NOW in our Pre-Nursing Program!

Health Science - Clinical Medical Assisting & HOSA with Mrs. Andrea Rose - This is a NEW Pathway for our Pre-Nursing Program!!!!  Our Pre-Nursing students are coming in for clinical skills training in small groups to prepare for their industry certification testing.  They are being introduced to phlebotomy, EKG, scheduling, and so much more!  So proud of Mrs. Rose & our students!!!!  The future is NOW in our Pre-Nursing Program!

Welding & SkillsUSA with Mr. Aaron Woolum - Mr. Woolum and our seniors have been working so hard in small groups to attain their Certification!  They are also designing and building real world projects to apply the technical welding skills they are learning!  We are so proud of our Mr. Woolum, our students, and their hard work!  The future is NOW in Welding!!!  




Dual Credit Announcement for Students (taking Dual Credit) at RussellATC:

Dual Credit Courses through Ashland Community & Technical College

Mrs. Wilburn has developed excellent directions for her students to use to navigate the enrollment, orientation, and registration process for Dual Credit: Personal Finance.  Thanks, Mrs. Wilburn!  Click here for more.

Dual Credit - If you have not enrolled with ACTC as a student for dual credit, please use the link below to do so.  Dual credit is starting in August at the RATC!!!  Please read and follow directions in this letter to enroll as a student with ACTC and register for your Dual Credit Course(s).  On ACTC's Hub page, Ms. Vicki McGinnis has provided short video tutorials to help you.  Please make sure you go through the entire orientation process on this site to be fully enrolled.  Please visit this site to enroll with ACTC today:


You CAN apply for the Work Ready Scholarship(s)!!!

KHEAA has provided a tutorial set of directions on how to apply for our Work Ready Scholarships.  This is a VERY helpful document as it walks you through the application process by showing all the screens with arrows pointing to the links for you to apply.  Please take a moment and look through this document before beginning the process.

KHEAA Work Ready Scholarship Tutorial

You can apply NOW for the Work Ready Scholarship(s).  Every Sophomore, Junior, & Senior  gets two (2) Work Ready Scholarships to use on Technical Courses every year!  This means a Sophomore could earn dual credit for up to 6 technical course for FREE by the time they graduate!  This is a HUGE gift!!!  

 To apply, please go to the KHEAA website:


Steps to apply for Work Ready Scholarships:

1.  If you do not have a KHEAA Account setup already, please create a user account by clicking the "Sign In" Button and choosing "register" link.

2.  Once you have a KHEAA account, you can login.  Look at the top link choice "MyKHEAA - View Account Information" and click on this link.  

3.  On the next page, there should be a couple of links that say: "Dual Credit Scholarship" & "Work Ready Scholarship".  Click on the link for "Work Ready Scholarship".

4.  The next screen is your application.  Make sure to choose the following options when applying for Work Ready:

  • # of Work Ready Scholarships?:  Choose how many Work Ready Scholarships you are using.  You get two for this year.  If you are taking two dual credit courses, please select you want to use two.  If you are only taking one dual credit course, please choose one.  
  • Semester?:  Choose "Fall" for all of our courses.
  • College?:  Choose "Ashland Community & Technical College" as the College to receive your scholarship.  We only offer dual credit through ACTC.
  • If you have questions, please call us at 606-836-1256 or email stacey.thompson@russellind.kyschools.us

If you are taking more than 2 dual credit courses and you are a Junior or Senior, who has not used a Dual Credit Scholarship, you can apply for a Dual Credit Scholarship as well to cover the cost of your 3rd dual credit course.  Every Junior & Senior gets two Dual Credit Scholarships total to use during their Junior or Senior year.  You apply for Dual Credit Scholarships using your same KHEAA account as Work Ready & following the same steps.  Dual Credit Scholarship is separate and different than Work Ready Scholarships.  If you have questions, please call 606-836-1256 or email stacey.thompson@russellind.kyschools.us


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Kentucky Tech's Vision & Mission

The vision of the Kentucky Board of Education is that each and every student is empowered and equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to pursue a successful future. Students moving to the next educational level or graduating from high school should be prepared to succeed in the next stage in their lives.

‚ÄčKentucky’s new accountability system supports this vision. One focus of the new accountability system is the development of students who are well-rounded, transition-ready, and prepared with knowledge, skills and essential dispositions to succeed in the next educational setting or career pathway.  Students ready for the next level are transition ready. Transition readiness is just one of six indicators in the new system that will be included at the high school levels.


Russell Independent Schools' Mission Statement:

Our mission is to inspire and empower all
students to reach their maximum potential:
one student, one lesson, one day at a time.


2021-22 Non-Discrimination Notice

KY TECH Russell Area Technology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The programs offered at the Russell Area Technology Center include:

  • Business & Marketing
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Electricity
  • Health Science
  • Welding

For more information contact:

Stacey Thompson, Principal

Russell Area Technology Center

705 Red Devil Lane, Russell, KY 41169



606-836-3784 (Fax)


Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the [Name of school (“School”)] receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect.  The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the [School] to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  The criteria for determining who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest must be set forth in the school’s or school district’s annual notification for FERPA rights.  A school official typically includes a person employed by the school or school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer,  contractor, or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

[Optional] Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.  [NOTE:  FERPA requires a school or school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request or the disclosure is initiated by the parent or eligible student.]

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Student Privacy Policy Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC  20202

[NOTE:  In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by § 99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]

[Optional]  See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent.

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations.  Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, § 99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure.  Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures.  A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests.  This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34.  (§ 99.31(a)(2)) 
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency (SEA) in the parent or eligible student’s State.  Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of § 99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.  These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf, if applicable requirements are met.  (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.  (§ 99.31(a)(4))
  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to § 99.38.  (§ 99.31(a)(5))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to:  (a)  develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b)  administer student aid programs; or (c)  improve instruction, if applicable requirements are met.  (§ 99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.  (§ 99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes.  (§ 99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena if applicable requirements are met.  (§ 99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36.  (§ 99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” if applicable requirements under § 99.37 are met.  (§ 99.31(a)(11))
  • To an agency caseworker or other representative of a State or local child welfare agency or tribal organization who is authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible, in accordance with State or tribal law, for the care and protection of the student in foster care placement.  (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(L))
  • To the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representatives of the Food and Nutrition Service for purposes of conducting program monitoring, evaluations, and performance measurements of programs authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, under certain conditions.  (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(K))



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