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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

UACCM Announces Conway County Christian Clinic Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is pleased to announce the establishment of the Conway County Christian Clinic Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund.  This scholarship was made possible with a generous donation of $47,000 from the Conway County Christian Clinic Board.

The Clinic board established the scholarship fund with a portion of the funds that remained after the 501(c)3 was dissolved in 2015.  The intention of the board was to continue to serve the mission of the organization.  Board Secretary Donna Miller said, “The heartbeat of the Board is to continue medical help.  We felt this contribution would best help serve medical needs in Conway and Perry counties”.

 (left to right): UACCM Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Diana Arn, UACCM Nursing students, CCCC Board Member John Gibson, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, CCCC Board Members Jerry Bolin, Donna Miller, Ben Queen, Karen Cree, Les Cupp, UACCM Nursing students, UACCM Nursing Student, Division Chair of Health Professions and Natural Sciences Debbie Rodgers, Nursing student.

UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis added, “I have a special place in my heart for these nursing students as my daughter is a nurse.  I have a first-hand perspective on how this scholarship will help them achieve their dreams.  We are very appreciative of this gift from the Conway County Christian Clinic Board.”

The first award of this scholarship will be for the spring 2017 semester and is renewable for the spring and summer semester for students on the Nursing track at UACCM.  It is open to students residing in UACCM’s six-county service area of Conway, Perry, Van Buren, Pope, Yell, and Faulkner counties.  Applications can be made through the UACCM Financial Aid office or online at www.uaccm.edu.

Gifts to the Conway County Christian Clinic Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting Morgan Zimmerman in the UACCM Development Office at 501-977-2085 or online at www.uaccm.edu/GiveToUACCM.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Workforce and Community Education Offering Evening Basic Welding Course

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM), in conjunction with the Arkansas Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant (ASP Grant), will offer an eight-week, pre-employment basic welding training program beginning August 22. The evening program will be held on the UACCM campus and will run from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday from August 22 through October 14.

The course is designed to provide short-term training that prepares individuals to make a sustainable wage in the welding field. The training includes theory, manipulative skills, safety and related shop practices involving the use of oxyacetylene cutting, plasma cutting, gas metal arc welding and electric arc stick welding. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to identify welding processes, techniques of fusion, brazing, soldering, and arc welding. It is not part of the curriculum for students pursuing the college’s technical certificate and certificate of proficiency programs in welding. However, upon completion of the non-credit basic welding program, students may take a certification test that will make them eligible to apply for six hours of prior learning credit if they want to pursue the for-credit welding program.

Classes will include Blue Print Reading, Job Search/Resume, Soft Skills, Hand Tool Safety, General OSHA Safety, Gas Metal Arc Welding and OSHA 10-hour Certificate for General Industry. There are up to six-credit hours possible including Craft Skills (2 Cr), Understanding OSHA Basic (1 Cr), and Gas Metal Arc Welding or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (3 Cr). The program also addresses the employability habits and attitudes that industry representatives desire in employees, including punctuality and attendance, appropriate dress and personal equipment, safety practices, and cooperative association with peers and instructors.

The ASP Grant offers a scholarship for participants who qualify. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, and welding supplies. Participants must be unemployed to qualify for the scholarships. The registration fee for students who don’t receive the grant will be $450, plus supplies, which include gloves and safely glasses.

For more information including scholarship applications and qualifications, contact Vicki Shadell, UACCM Director of Workforce Development, Office: Library Complex Room 103, phone 501-977-2132 or email Shadell@uaccm.edu

Monday, August 1, 2016

Short-Term, Non-Credit Commercial Driver Training (CDT) Program Offered

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Workforce Training and Community Education department is taking applications for the next group of students in the Commercial Driver Training (CDT) Program. The UACCM Commercial Driver Training class is a four-week, 160-hour training program. Upon completion of the program, students will be tested by the State Police or a third party tester for their Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
Tuition and fees total $3,500; however, applicants who are currently unemployed or underemployed may qualify for special grants or scholarships. There will be additional fees for the CDL packet and written and skills exams. These fees are not included, and will be the responsibility of the participants.
Wayne Smith Trucking of Morrilton donated a 2007 Great Dane trailer for the training, and the college is leasing a tractor for the driving portion of the class. Participants may need to be available for some evening on-the-road training.
Participants must be 18 years of age, and it is preferable they be at least 21 years old since many over-the-road trucking companies do not hire those under 21. Applicants must be able to pass a DOT physical, background check, and drug screening. Participants must be able to read, speak, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to meet the Department of Transportation regulations.
Instructors for the class are Rick Moss, who holds a Class A CDL with HazMat endorsement and has over 40 years of commercial driving experience, and Duane Austin, who has ten years of experience as a commercial truck driver and has spent the past ten years as a driver evaluator.
Additional classes will be offered in the future, and students may apply for those classes at this time as well. For more information, contact Jessica Rohlman at 501-977-2004 or visit the college web page, uaccm.edu/cdt/

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Want To Skip Remediation Classes? Attend PREP!

UACCM is offering PREP (Placement Refresher Exam Preparation) this summer.  Students can receive FREE tutoring in reading, writing, and math.  To take advantage of PREP, visit the Library Complex, Room 105 during any of the following times:

June 6 - June 30:  11:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

July 5 - July 28:  8:00 a.m. - Noon, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Students are encouraged to retest prior to the beginning of the term.  Students can retest on any section of the Compass at a cost of $5 per section.

For more information, contact Tom McLeod at 501.977.2159 or mcleod@uaccm.edu.

Monday, June 20, 2016

UACCM Student Organizations Raise Money for Heifer International

University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton student organizations joined together to raise money for Heifer International and well exceeded their goal.  The donation from their joint endeavor totaled $1965.00, nearly four times the goal of $500.
UACCM organizations Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Computer Information Systems, Student Surveyors, Student Nursing Association, and Baptist Collegiate Ministry all worked together in a month-long campaign to raise the funds.  The groups held their own fund raisers, and business sponsorships were obtained to sponsor the #UACCMHeifersHelpers, which raised money every time someone used it on social media.
While the original goal was to raise money to donate a heifer, enough was raised to allow for the donation of the following items:  three heifers, one goat, one pig, one sheep, one trio of rabbits, one gift of honeybees, and a flock of chicks.  Cindy Thompson, UACCM instructor and Pi Beta Lambda advisor, said, “The PBL students left their September visit to Heifer International excited to contribute to their mission. To maximize the impact they could make, they invited other student organizations to join them in raising money to donate a heifer and immediately realized the goal would not only be met but almost quadrupled. UACCM’s first campus-wide community service project was a success because of the vision, dedication, and commitment of these students.”

Heifer International works with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.  According to their website, Heifer’s mission is to do more than put food in the mouths of hungry people, it is to help people feed themselves.  The goal of every Heifer project is sustainability and self-reliance.  To do this, they use the strategy of Pass on the Gift, which means, “As people share their animals' offspring with others, along with their knowledge, resources and skills, an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.”

For more information about UACCM’s student organizations, visit www.uaccm.edu.

UACCM Drafting Students Complete Cost-Saving Project

University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton school officials worked with students in the drafting program to create updated fire evacuation plans for nearly every building on campus.  While there are companies that offer this service, allowing the students to complete this project as part of their classroom experience gave them real world experience and saved the college between $30,000 and $50,000.
The project began in November of 2015 with students scanning in the near 800 as-built drawings of the various buildings and additions on campus, going all the way back to 1963.  In January of 2016, the students site-verified the location of every fire extinguisher, emergency fire lights, and fire pulls by working their way through every building on campus.  From there they traced the building floorplans into Revit, a drafting software program, which allows UACCM to have the entire campus’ plans available and editable electronically.  With the plans now computerized, the location of the emergency equipment was easily added, and new emergency exit maps will be posted in nearly every classroom by August of 2016. 
Copies of these maps will be provided to the local EMS, the Morrilton Police Department, and the Conway County Sheriff’s office so that they have these to reference in case of emergency. The maps will be labeled with a code, and the corresponding building will display that code with vinyl stickers in the window.  This will aid in their response to emergency situations.
Approximately 20 students from the project drafting and commercial drafting courses, as well as the drafting club and one intern, participated in this project.  Jayson Millheim, drafting instructor, said, “This project is one of the most real-world projects I could envision for the students.  In the process of this project, every student had a shining point.  They each used their strengths and backgrounds to lead where they could to a successful finish of the project.”
While this project provided important lessons on drafting and collaborative work to the students, it also provided many benefits to UACCM.  Along with the cost savings, this project provides a way to look at a building without having to look through several different drawings, depending on how many additions and renovations have been made.  It also allows for better educated decisions when it comes to future projects on the buildings.  The scanning of these drawings has electronically archived the drawings so that they can be accessed through the UACCM server, instead of having to dig through near 60-year-old paper copies, and the information on the drawings is now preserved and no longer at risk of loss or damage.

For more information about UACCM, visit our website at www.uaccm.edu.

UACCM Receives Trailer Donation For Commercial Driver Training Program

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton received a donation in the form of a trailer from Wayne Smith Trucking of Morrilton.  The donated 2007 Great Dane trailer will be used for the new UACCM Commercial Driver Training (CDT) Program. 
Applications for the non-credit CDT program are currently being accepted.  Beginning in June, the program is four to seven weeks, consisting of 160-164 training hours. Program participants must be 21 years of age and be able to pass a DOT physical, background check, and drug screening. Participants must be able to read, speak, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to meet the Department of Transportation regulations. Participants may need to be available for some evening on-the-road training.

Upon completion of the program, students will be tested by the State Police or a third party tester for their Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Tuition and fees total $3,500 for the training program. There will be additional fees for the CDL packet and written and skills exams. These fees are not included, and will be the responsibility of the participants.

If applicants are currently unemployed, funding for this program may be available through grants or scholarships.  Contact Jessica Rohlman at 501-977-2004 for more information and to apply.