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Monday, October 17, 2016

UACCM Foundation Invites Public to 'Just Stay Home'

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation will, as it has for the last 12 years, will hold its fall fundraiser this month. But instead of dressing up and driving to Just Desserts, this year the UACCM Foundation is inviting its donors to sit this one out — literally.

To put things into perspective, the cost of the event ticket, silent auction bids, raffle tickets and one’s dry cleaning bill (not to mention the 5,000 calories from those delicious hors d'oeuvres), can add up to a lot. The Foundation’s “Just Stay Home” benefit invites supporters of the college to enjoy their time at home while making a 100 percent tax deductible contribution to the UACCM Foundation Annual Fund, which supports the college’s programs, services and campus improvements.

For $25, you and your guest can “not” attend, or for $50, you and your guest will “not” purchase raffle tickets. $100 allows you to “not” sponsor a table. Whichever way you wish to “not” participate, please RSVP by contributing to this event by Oct. 31.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the UACCM Foundation through the “Just Stay Home” benefit may do so by making a gift online at www.uaccm.edu/GivetoUACCM, mailing a check or money order to 1537 University Blvd., Morrilton, AR 72110, or by contacting Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman at (501) 977-2085. Additional information can be found on the “Just Stay Home” benefit event page found at www.facebook.com/GivetoUACCM.

UACCM Chancellor Meets With New ADHE Director

Dr. Maria Markham, the newly appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, visited with University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis during a campus tour on Oct. 4.

ADHE Director Dr. Maria Markham meets with UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis during a campus tour earlier this month.
Markham was appointed to the top position within the agency by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in August, following the recommendation of an ADHE search committee. Since then, she has been visiting several Arkansas colleges and universities to learn more about what they offer their students and service communities.

ADHE manages the state’s scholarship and financial aid programs; recommends higher education and institutional budgets to the legislature; assures academic program quality and viability; provides professional development for faculty and staff; provides educational support to business and industry; provides institutional accountability; and promotes the importance of postsecondary education in enhancing both personal and community quality of life.

Koontz Electric Pledges $50,000 To New Workforce Training Center

Koontz Electric of Morrilton has pledged $50,000 to the construction of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s upcoming Workforce Training Center. The gift will give Koontz Electric naming rights to the Fundamentals of Electricity Lab and classroom space inside the new building.  

“Training and education are essential to the development of our 200-plus employee workforce both within our apprenticeship program as well as through continued education,” Koontz Electric CEO Benny Koontz said. “Additional special technical training is also essential for the highly complex and technically demanding projects that our company has chosen to build our reputation upon.”

L-R:  Koontz Electric CFO Mark Day, Koontz Electric COO Dean Hoover, Koontz Electric President and CEO Benny Koontz, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, Koontz Electric Office Manager Matt Zimmerman, and UACCM Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman.

Koontz said he and his company are more than pleased to partner with UACCM in the development of the new building, citing the “essential skills” that the Workforce Training Center can provide locally.

“UACCM continues to play a key role in the economic wellbeing of Conway County and Morrilton, as well as our surrounding counties,” Koontz said. “I really believe this will help us to compete and continue to hire and train locally available talent.”

Ground work on the 53,000-SF Workforce Training Center is expected to begin this month. The new facility will house many of the college’s existing technical programs, including automotive service; welding; industrial mechanics and maintenance; and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration. An open space for workforce training will also be included in the facility for use in recruiting new industries to the area, as well as assisting current industries with workforce development needs.

For more information about the GIVE MEANING campaign, including ways to support the fundraising efforts, visit www.uaccm.edu/GivetoUACCM, or contact UACCM Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman at (501) 977-2085 or at zimmerman@uaccm.edu.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

UACCM Recognizes Community College Work$ Month

In observation of Community College Work$ Month, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is promoting the positive impact community colleges make in thousands of communities across the nation every year.

We are a skilled provider of training for essential services in your area, such as HVAC and automotive service technicians, welders, surveyors, and drafters. We also educate the people who care for your family, including nurses, CNAs, childcare teachers and EMTs.

We provide higher education to many who would not otherwise have access due to the prohibitive costs, family and work conflicts, or the need for extra academic support.

Community College Work$ Month is being observed this October by the 22 two-year colleges in Arkansas to raise public awareness regarding the importance of community colleges in the state, and the role they play in providing a better educated workforce.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

UACCM To Offer New October Workforce, Community Education Classes

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will offer several new non-credit courses next month, including Occupational Spanish for Medical Professionals and Nursing Assistant Training, beginning with an eight-week Beginning Welding Training course starting Oct. 10. All classes are sponsored by the Office of Workforce and Community Education.

Oct. 13 – Nov. 17: Individuals wishing to learn more about family tree research are encouraged to register for Genealogy, a six-class course held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday. Only the first 20 applicants will be accepted before the registration deadline on Oct. 6. Registration for the course is $30.

Oct. 14 – Nov. 16: To register for the Nursing Assistant Training course, participants must have a high school diploma or GED; ability to meet minimum scores for reading, writing and math; test negative for tuberculosis; and must be willing to undergo criminal background clearance. Registration for the course is $175, though Career Pathways Initiative scholarships are available. Participants must register by Oct. 7 to be considered.

Oct. 14 – Oct. 21: A Microsoft Word Training course will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 21. Ideal for self-improvement or workplace readiness, this course introduces participants to the basics of using Microsoft Word. Registration is $50 and must be paid by Oct. 7. 

Oct. 17: Heartsaver Adult CPR/AED is a course for adults wanting to increase employability or wanting to be prepared for emergency situations. Great for caregivers and babysitters as well, this course is offered for $35 but is discounted if taken alongside the Heartsaver Adult First Aid course on Oct. 20. Only the first nine applicants will be accepted before the registration deadline on Oct. 10.

Oct. 19 – Nov. 30: Occupational Spanish for Medical Professionals is a six-class course held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday. This course, offered for $125, is an excellent opportunity for physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, receptionists, clerks, ambulance personnel or any healthcare employee who wishes to improve their basic conversational skills when assisting Spanish-speaking patients. Only the first 20 applicants will be accepted by the registration deadline on Oct. 12. 

Registration for all courses can be completed by going to www.uaccm.edu/workforce. For more information about these training opportunities, please contact Director of Workforce Development Vicki Shadell at (501) 977-2132 or at shadell@uaccm.edu. 

The mission of UACCM Workforce and Community Education is to provide a highly skilled workforce for the employers in our six-county service area and beyond.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

UACCM to Assist Students After ITT Technical Institute Closings

In light of the recent closing of all ITT Technical Institute campuses across the country, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is encouraging displaced students to inquire about continuing their education with UACCM. Former students can submit any prior learning credits to the Office of Admissions, which may also give information on comparable career programs, nontraditional scholarships, and federal and state grants.  

UACCM offers many associate degrees and certificate programs similar to those offered at ITT Technical Institutes. These include air conditioning, heating and refrigeration; automotive collision repair; automotive service; business; computer information systems; drafting; early childhood development; emergency medical technician; industrial mechanics and maintenance; nursing; surveying; and welding. The Office of Workforce and Community Education also offers several noncredit, technical training courses available to the public at lower costs.

Former ITT Technical Institute students may contact Director of Admissions Rachel Mullins for more information at (501) 977-2053, (501) 977-2174 or at mullins@uaccm.edu.

UACCM Pageant Set for November 5

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton SkillsUSA chapter will host the tenth annual UACCM Pageant on Saturday, Nov. 5. The pageant will begin at 10 a.m. in the college’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

The pageant is open to current UACCM students, as well as girls between the ages of birth and 17 years old, who may compete in seven additional categories. Those competing for the title of Ms. UACCM will be judged on beauty, professionalism, speech presentation and interview skills. The winner of the Ms. UACCM title will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college, and the first runner-up in that category will receive a $500 scholarship.

The pageant will run throughout the day, beginning with a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by the Baby Miss, Tiny Miss, Petite Miss and Little Miss competitions. At 1 p.m., the Princess Miss, Pre-Teen Miss and Teen Miss competitions will take place ending with the competition and crowning of Ms. UACCM. The pageant is open to the public and admission is $3. Children under four years of age get in free.

The preregistration deadline is Monday, Oct. 24, and the final deadline to register is by 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Applications and pageant rules are available for pickup in the UACCM Business Technology Center, Room 200, or online at www.uaccm.edu/current_student/pageant.htm.

For more information, contact Linda Zambrano at (501) 977-2061 or at zambrano@uaccm.edu.

Monday, September 19, 2016

UACCM Invites Public to Attend 2017 Student Trip to Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu

Instructors will hold three brief meetings later this month to answer questions about UACCM’s 11-day trip to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, Peru. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the first meeting at 12:10 p.m. in the Kirk Building, KB 121 on Sept. 22, or at 6 p.m. in the Library Complex, LC 203. The final meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 23 in KB 121.

Machu Picchu, Peru 
“We have travelled with students and community members to 12 countries on three continents over the last six years,” Karen Caig, a UACCM English instructor, said. “Not only have our group members of all ages gained important life skill; they also have fun as they learn.”

Pricing for the trip — which lasts from May 25, 2017 to June 4, 2017 — covers round-trip airfare, eight overnight stays in hotels, daily meals, internal flights, and selected attractions as per itinerary such as snorkeling in the islands and the train ride up to Machu Picchu. Because the Ecuadorian and Peruvian governments will soon place limits on the number of visitors to these sites in order to protect them, Caig said that now is the time to visit. 

“International travel experience has also become increasingly important since employers look for a global perspective in their new hires,” Caig said. “Studies show that people who experience foreign cultures are able to think more creatively and flourish in a diverse workplace.”

Current UACCM students who wish to earn a three-hour general education elective credit can register for the accompanying Global Studies course. For more information about the trip or pricing, contact Karen Caig at (501) 977-2075 or at caigk@uaccm.edu. A full itinerary and pricing guide can also be found at www.explorica.com/Caig-3830.  

Monday, September 12, 2016

UACCM Announces Honors Recipients

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is proud to announce the Chancellor’s List and Academic Honors List of students for the spring 2016 semester.  The Chancellor’s List is made up of full-time students who completed at least 12 college-level credit hours with a 4.00 grade point average.  Students named as Chancellor’s Scholars follow (in alphabetical order by city):
Atkins – Sidney Cothren, Marisa Rodgers
Boles – Ross Goodner
Center Ridge – Trudy Rappold
Conway – Ashley Beck, Lancelot Belgrave, Jasmin Burton, Jefferson Caraig, Jana Davenport, Jesse Davenport, Keri Diemer, Kayla Earnest, Thomas Gault, Joshua Guidry, John Harwood, Christian Hopkins, Anthony Jackson, Jessalyn Jackson, Chad Jones, Kelsey Kordsmeier, Jennifer McCauley, Morgan McPeake, Rachel McQuade, Ethan Moore, Rebecca Moore, Ancel Nabholz, Kathryn Opris, Lauren Pharr, Layne Pittman, Natalie Prall, Christian Salazar, Melvin Siebenmorgen, Austin Tate
Dardanelle – Diana Bonilla Rivera
Dover – Ashley Bailey, Lakynn Noblett
Greenbrier – Stephen Dixon, Marc Roberts, Samantha Stephens, Charli Strong
Heber Springs –Nathan Xiques
Lamar – Joshua Deal
Mayflower – David Christopher
Morrilton – Ashley Caldwell, Henry Hammer, Melissa Owens, Miranda Ponder, Matthew Post, Stephany Smith, Robert Williamson
North Little Rock – Wilda Thomas
Oppelo – Brandi Edmunds, Lyndsey Jones
Paris – Shawna Clayton
Perry – Heather Arnold
Perryville – Steven Jones
Plainview – Evan Peck
Romance – Tammie Tullos
Russellville – Jeremiah Downum, Pamalla Duvall, Maria Linares, Teresa Mefford
Springfield – Gabriel Rodelo

The Academic Honors list is made up of full-time students who completed at least 12 college-level credit hours with a 3.50 to 3.99 grade point average.  Students named as Academic Honors students follow (in alphabetical order by city):
Atkins – Danielle Blackwell, Michael Carr, Megan Ewton, Rachel Johnston
Belleville – McKenzie Baxter
Bigelow – Cassity Gipson, Tara Gosnell, Emily Herman, Brooke Lathem
Cabot – Sara Perdue
Casa – Alexander Tanner
Cleveland – Sarah Hensley
Clinton – Jacob Bane, Daniel Bauswell, Pamela Caltrider, Aaron Freeman, Alicia Ingram, Jacob Lawrence, Jason Sandefur
Conway – Zachariah Ansel, Shaun Ashford, Laura Barnhart, Kimberly Braden, Carson Bramlett, Savannah Butler, Kerry Causey, Danielle Chaffin, Raleigh Hartley, Regina Harvey, Amanda Hickman, Caleb Jones, Demetrious Jordan, Rebecca Kaeppel, Cassie Kline, Faith McGhee, Christine Nichols, River Oaks, Patrick Paladino, Haley Pontius, Ben Ratliff, Madelyn Roper, Darrell Simpson, Alyssa Slusser, Alana Sterling, Brittany Thomas, Jennifer Trimble, Diana Vintila, Alyssa Watson, Marcus Williams
Danville – Jonathan Wear
Dardanelle – Courtney Roe
Greenbrier – Cody Barley, Dylan Britto, Kelly Dickens, Melissa Grice, Emma Hance, Colby Johnston, Zane Lemanski, Dylan Linn, Courtney Madden, Kevin Passmore, Quincey Powell, Steven Purifoy, Gracie Staggs, Patrick Staggs, Chelsea Thompson, Tiffany Timbrook, Ashley Zinn
Hattieville – Lindsay Bingham, Gary Fryer
Hector – Jarrett Roberts
Houston – Alyssa Barnett, Haley Thoman, Lynzie Thoman
Leslie – Ian Dodds
Little Rock – Roland Kamgno
Macon – Michael Birdsong
Marshall – Dylan Busbee, Justin Elliott
Mayflower – Ashley Raney
Menifee – Allie Baker,
Morrilton – Joshua Gayler, Alyssa Robinett, Tiffani Scroggins, Jeffrey Ward
Ola – Brittney Baskin
Paron – Bailey Vines
Perry – Evan Griggs
Perryville – Laney Bench, Thomas Browne, Courtney Tippin, Mary Volz, Elizabeth Watkins, Emily West
Plumerville – Allyson Bridges, Consuella Harris,
Rose Bud – Madelyn Murphree
Russellville – Chasity Beasley, Jerry Boriboun, Wyatt Chernivec, Jocelyn Coats, Anna-Leza Davis, Anthony Fane, Taylor Hale, Hali Harper, Ashley Harris, Kevin Hoggard, Justin Keith, Ronnie Lee, Cynthia Mathews, Jasmine Miller, Tyler Weaver
Shirley – Cameron Angerman
Solgohachia – Traci Johnson
Springfield – Kelley Baker, Brandon Garner, Joshua Rittman

Vilonia – Alysa Hollingsworth, Stephanie Roberts, Austin Thomas