Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky

Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky


Education & Training on the Fast Track.


Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky has been designed for you if:

  • OST ProgramYou need a better job and know you need to go to college, but you're in a hurry and
  • You don't have a GED or high school diploma, or
  • You just need some help with reading, writing, and/or math.

In as little as 16 weeks, you could have:

  • 12 - 15 college credits, and
  • 1 -3 certificates in a career pathway, and
  • Improved basic skills, and/or
  • A GED.

In the Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) initiative, basic skills needed to earn a GED credential are taught in a required adult education class that is taken each semester to develop college ready skills in reading, language, writing and mathematics to support the technical classes. The technical programs in the five different pathways lead to stackable college certificates and promote more options for employment. Ability to Benefit funding is available to AOKY students who qualify.

While you're working with your instructors, you'll also be working with a Career Coach from the Kentucky Career Center, who will help you with your job search, including resume preparation, job applications, and job leads – all at no cost to you.

Office Systems Technology


  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Editing Skills for Office Professionals
  • Document Formatting & Intro to Word Processing
  • Records & Data Base Management


  • Data Entry Operator - 6 credit hours 
  • Integrated Office Skills - 21 credit hours
  • Receptionist - 12 credit hours

Welding Technology


  • Basic Welding B
  • First Year Experience
  • Introduction to Information Systems


  • Welder Helper

Medical Information Technology


  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Editing Skills for Office Professionals
  • Document Formatting & Intro to Word Processing
  • Medical Information Management
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Software Integration
  • Medial Office Software
  • Intro to Medical Insurance
  • Electronic Medical Records


  • Medical Receptionist - 15 credit hours
  • Electronic Health Records Specialist -
    28-30 credit hours
    *There is a possibility that you could earn additional certificates along the way.

Medicaid Nurse Aide


  • Nursing Assistant Skills
  • Introduction to Information Systems


  • Nurse Aide

Computerized Manufacturing & Machining


  • Fundamentals of Machine Tools
  • First Year Experience
  • Introduction to Office Systems


  • Exploratory Machining 1

Contact Information

Patricia Tatro, Coordinator
Building A, Room 117
164 Opportunity Way
Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 246-6614  

KCTCS web site: Accelerating Opportunity KY

Funders and Partners

State Partners:

  • KCTCS Kentucky
  • Adult Education Kentucky
  • Kentucky Career Centers

National Funders:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The Open Society Foundations

National Partners:

  • Jobs for the Future
  • National Council for Workforce Education
  • The National College Transition Network
  • Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges