Highland Community College



Accelerating Opportunity Kansas (AO-K)


Accelerating Opportunity Kansas (AO-K)  

Highland Community College Technical Center is part of a National Initiative called Accelerating Opportunity.  The AO-K program provides an opportunity for adults to gain new skills for high demand high wage jobs.  With education and credentials beyond high school, students have better options in today’s economy.  Students can choose from a variety of certificate programs with the possibility of working towards an associate degree. 

Who can benefit?

Students with no high school diploma/GED and students interested in improving basic skills.  The program also serves adults with families and people who haven’t been in school in years.    AO-K helps students improve basic skills in reading, math, and writing....even if they didn’t finish high school or complete their GED!   With a blend of hands-on skills with academic support, students will gain the skills and credentials necessary to start a new career. 

HCCTC Career Pathways:

The program is a combination of hands-on learning and academic support.  Below is a list of approved AO-K programs offered at HCCTC:   

  • Healthcare Occupations- includes Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Certified Medication Assistant (CMA), and Practical Nursing (LPN)
  • Industrial Welding Technology
  • Medical Office Assistant

For additional information contact Amanda Ramsey at 913-367-6204 ext. 128