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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

UACCM Foundation Receives Entergy Charitable Foundation Grant

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation’s “Give Meaning” campaign was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Entergy Charitable Foundation.  Grant funds will be used to support the new Workforce Training Center at UACCM, as well as scholarships and academic programs.

The award is part of the Entergy Charitable Foundation’s grant program whose goal is to support initiatives that help create and sustain thriving communities. ECF has a special focus on low-income initiatives, as well as educational and literacy programs.

The estimated 58,000-square-feet Workforce Training Center at UACCM will house many of the college’s existing technical programs including automotive service technology; welding; industrial mechanics and maintenance technology; and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology.  In addition to technical programs, an open space for workforce training will be included in the facility for use in recruiting new industry to the area, as well as assisting current industry 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 zimmerman@uaccm.edu.

Caption: UACCM was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Entergy Charitable Foundation.  Pictured (from left to right):  Morgan Zimmerman, Dr. Larry Davis, Steve Trowbridge, Mary Clark, Jim Garland.

Friday, April 8, 2016

UACCM Announces Beginning of 2016 Starlight Cinema

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has partnered with the City of Morrilton for the first Starlight Cinema of 2016.  All are invited to bring the family and lawn chairs to watch The Good Dinosaur on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the City of Morrilton Nature Trail.  The movie begins at sundown and free hot dogs will be provided while supplies last.  The sponsor for this family movie is Lonoke Baptist Church.
In The Good Dinosaur, young Arlo, his parents (Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand) and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family.

If you have an accommodation need for any UACCM event, please contact Counseling Services at 501.977.2095.  For more information about Starlight Cinema, contact Kristi Strain at 501.977.2081 or at strain@uaccm.edu.

UACCM Workforce Training Center Groundbreaking

The University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton will break ground on the new Workforce Training Center on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  The groundbreaking will take place at 112 Timberwolf Drive, in the west parking lot of the University Center.  All are invited to attend and asked to park in the lots south and north of the University Center.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
This groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction on the facility. The Workforce Training Center is expected to be completed in 18-24 months after construction begins.  It will allow for the expansion of technical and community education, specialized industry training and certification courses, and pre-employment training academies. These programs have the potential to serve approximately 3,000 unique individuals in the first year.
The facility is being funded through the UACCM Foundation’s Give Meaning Campaign.   UACCM has raised approximately $2.5 million thus far to support in the construction of the center.  This will be the largest construction project in the college’s 53 year history.

For more information on the groundbreaking or the Give Meaning Campaign, contact Morgan Zimmerman at 501.977.2085.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Career Exploration Explosion

UACCM Announces Kid College 2016 Dates

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has begun enrollment in the summer Kids College program.  This summer, your child can trek across the Serengeti and take a trip to the past to visit a world of knights, damsels, and castles. 

While summer is normally a time when children try to avoid school, this camp is the exception, offering a full week of imagination, education, and fun.  Children entering first through fourth grades can participate from Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30.  Classes start at 8:00 a.m. each day and end at 2:30 p.m. in the UACCM Kirk Building Room 116.

The cost to attend the four-day excursion is $75 per child, due at the time of registration.  Participating children should bring a sack lunch and an afternoon snack.  There are a limited number of openings, and spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to enroll a child, go to the "See All Courses" tab at  www.uaccm.edu/communityed  or contact Kara Jones at 501.208.5302.

UACCM Begins Registration for Introductory Welding and HVAC Training

Registration has begun for two of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s new, short-term workforce training courses.  Introductory Welding and Introductory Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) are available to individuals who wish to learn skills for a new career or to advance in their current career, as well as dislocated workers, and long-term unemployed individuals.  To enroll in these trainings, participants must be at least 18 years old and willing to commit to the course in its entirety.  
Introductory Welding begins Monday, April 18 and meets Monday – Friday from 6:00 – 9:30 pm.  This training goes through June 3 and covers basic welding with emphasis on Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW).  Introductory HVAC will meet on weekdays from April 25 through May 27 from 3:00 – 9:00 pm.  This training covers AC & refrigeration, basic electrical, and schematics. 
Participants in both programs will also get OSHA 10 certification for general industry, craft skills.  The trainings will also contain a job search and resume component.  Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the hours they actually complete. 
The cost to attend one of these trainings is $400.  Those who are dislocated or who have been unemployed at least 27 weeks may be eligible for a grant that will pay the cost of the program. The deadline to apply for this grant is April 11 for Introductory Welding and April 18 for Introductory HVAC. Registration is available at www.uaccm.edu/workforce under the “See All Courses” tab. 

For additional information on these courses, contact Vicki Shadell at shadell@uaccm.edu or 501-977-2132.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

UACCM Announces Enrollment Increase for Spring 2016

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is excited to announce a spring 2016 enrollment increase of 2% over spring 2015.  The college also saw a 3.5% increase in student semester credit hour (SSCH) enrollment.  The boost in credit hour enrollment reflects an increase in the number of credit hours in which individual students are enrolled.  The spring 2016 semester also had a 6% increase in minority enrollment.  Of the six-county service area Faulkner County had the largest percentage growth at 9%.
The spring 2016 enrollment numbers also show that UACCM enrollment is comprised of 61% full-time students and 39% part-time students.  This is reverse of the national average, which is made up of 38% full-time students and 62% part-time students.  Additionally, the general education program had a growth rate of 25%, the most of all UACCM programs.  The general education program is designed for students who plan to eventually transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. 
The growth in students planning to transfer to finish a bachelor’s degree program can be attributed, in large part, to the cost of attending UACCM.   The annual tuition rate is 17% less than the national average at a two-year college and 70% less than the national average of annual tuition at a four-year college.  

UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis said of the increase in enrollment, “This growth signals a greater awareness in the value and quality of the offerings at UACCM.”  He added, “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.  Without this great group of people, and the generosity of our business and industry partners and corporate and private donors, UACCM would not be able to keep up with the growing demand of training a skilled workforce.”

Introductory Welding Program Registration Deadline Approaching

Friday, March 18th is the deadline to register for UACCM’s next Introductory Welding program!  Participants must be at least 18 years old and be willing to commit 3.5 hours per night Monday through Friday (6:00 – 9:30 p.m.) from March 28 through May 13 to learn basic welding skills.  

Those who are dislocated (laid off) or who have been unemployed at least 27 weeks, may be eligible for a grant that will pay the $400 cost of the program.  Those who do not meet grant eligibility requirements may register and pay $400.  Registration is available at www.uaccm.edu/workforce through this Friday.  

In addition to basic welding with emphasis on GTAW, GMAW, or FCAW participants will get OSHA 10 certification for general industry, craft skills, , and Job Search and Resume.  Upon completion of the program participants will also receive a Certificate of Completion for the hours they actually complete.  

For additional information contact Vicki Shadell at shadell@uaccm.edu or 501-977-2132.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Still time to enroll in the Four-Week Basic Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Class!

It’s Here!! For the first time UACCM Workforce and Community Education is offering Basic Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance as a four-week class.  

Beginning Wednesday, March 9, 2016, this class meets from 3:00- 9:00 Monday through Friday.  Those who are dislocated (laid off) or have been unemployed 27+ weeks may be eligible for financial assistance.  In addition, scholarships may be available to anyone laid off from the gas and oil industry.  For those who are working or do not meet the above criteria and want to take the class, the cost is only $400.

The 117 hours of training includes 27 hours of hydraulics and pneumatics, 18 hours of basic welding, 37 hours of basic electrical theory, 17 hours of schematics/blueprints, 12 hours of OSHA for general industry, and 6 hours of job search and resume. 

Go to www.uaccm.edu/workforce and scroll through the classes to register through Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

For more information contact Vicki Shadell, Director of Workforce and Community Education at 501-977-2132 or email shadell@uaccm.edu .

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Holocaust Survivor Speaker Series Returns to UACCM

Over 80 years have passed since the first Nazi concentration camp opened and as that dark time in world history fades away, so do the opportunities to hear first-hand what it was like living the nightmare of being Jewish in Nazi Germany.  The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is honored to host Holocaust survivor Dora Klayman at the 8th annual Holocaust Survivor Series event on March 8, 2016.  At 9:45 a.m. she will speak at the H.B. White Auditorium on the Morrilton High School campus.  At 6:30 p.m., she will tell recount her story in more detail in the Fine Arts Auditorium at UACCM.  These events are free of charge and open to the public.

Klayman is a speaker volunteer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Each speaker over the last eight years has had a unique and haunting story of how they survived the Holocaust, and Klayman’s is no different.  Born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, Klayman’s young life was soon disrupted by Nazi Germany’s invasion of her hometown.  She will tell a harrowing story of survival, including living in hiding and depending on the grace of family and neighbors to aid them and keep the secret of their heritage.
As time moves forward, we have fewer and fewer opportunities to hear first-hand the experiences of those persecuted during the Holocaust.  UACCM hosts a different Holocaust Survivor speaker every year, so that as many of these stories can be told to the central Arkansas community in the little time left.  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum encapsulates in its slogan why hearing these stories is so important: “Never Again Begins with You.” 

Please join us at one of these events as we welcome Dora Klayman to Arkansas. For more information, please visit our website at www.uaccm.edu.