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Friday, November 13, 2015

UACCM Receives Generous Give Meaning Donation

University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton received a generous donation towards the Give Meaning Campaign from Mr. Bob Coffman.  Mr. Coffman donated $5,000 to the campaign in memory of Bonnie Lea Poteet Coffman, his late wife, and Virgil and Sybil Poteet, his late parents-in-law. 
Mr. Coffman’s support of the Give Meaning Campaign goes back to the beginning with his willingness to sell UACCM the land that expanded the campus boundary on the west side of campus by 7.87 acres and is the planned site for the Workforce Training Center.  Chancellor Davis said, “Bob Coffman’s continued support of the Give Meaning campaign and the Workforce Training Center has allowed us to create a highly visible center that will offer the training needed in a growing market for skilled trades.”

The Give Meaning Campaign is a UACCM Foundation campaign to support four major UACCM initiatives that include construction of the Workforce Training Center, an endowment for new facility maintenance, institutional scholarships endowment, and the construction of a student-designed clock tower. For more information about the Give Meaning Campaign visit www.uaccm.edu.

UACCM Recognized Award Winners at Arkansas Community Colleges Conference

University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton recognized award winning faculty, staff, and students at the Arkansas Community Colleges Conference on November 4, 2015 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Outstanding Faculty of the Year was awarded to Anthony Holt.  Holt began his teaching career as a graduate student 24 years ago when he was working toward his Wildlife Management degree at Arkansas State University.  While continuing his Master of Science, he was asked to fill in as a lecturer at UACCM and has been there ever since.  Anthony teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Biology. 
Brigitte Brents, payroll officer, was awarded Outstanding Staff of the Year.  Always wearing a smile, she has a great work ethic and the best attitude, going above and beyond to ensure payroll is completed on time and accurately.  Prior to joining UACCM four years ago, Brents worked in banking at Regions Bank for 30 years.  She has lived in Conway County since 1979, when she moved from Bavaria, Germany.
Shirley Tipton, of Hot Springs, was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award. Tipton is a 2003 graduate of UACCM with an Associate of Arts in General Education.  She then received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Science in Education from Henderson State.  She is a licensed K-12 Art teacher and has worked for Horatio Schools since 2006. While at UACCM she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is a current member of Arkansas Art Educators.  She was vice president of the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association and served on the Horatio City Improvement Committee, in addition to countless other efforts to enhance the arts in her community.  Recently she was hired as the Advanced Art/AP Art Teacher at Hot Springs High School.

Academic All-Star award winner Natalie Prall, of Conway, found UACCM to be the right choice and place for her to excel academically after graduating from a small high school. Her community involvement includes volunteering with a food drive for a local shelter and helping to empower young girls at her former high school. She is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts and her future plans include pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy to help others recover after a serious injury.  As UACCM’s Academic All-Star she was offered a scholarship to a 4 year state university upon completion of her associate degree.

Toltec Mounds to Present at UACCM

University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton will be hosting the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park on November 17th.  Sponsored by UACCM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, this free event is offered as part of Native American Heritage Month. 
Amy Griffin, park interpreter will present the program Historic Tribes of Arkansas and will also have the Native American Tools and Weapons Demonstration.  In addition, Griffin will have native mammal fur on display for attendees to pass around.
Griffin is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Parks Administration and is a certified interpretive guide.
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park is one of Arkansas's two archeological sites, with an archeological research station, and is also a state park. 

For more information about this program, please contact Mary Newsome at 501.977.2044 or visit www.uaccm.edu.

UACCM Receives Two Workforce Training Grants

Following a fall semester where the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton saw a 2.5 percent increase in enrollment, many Arkansas colleges saw a decline, UACCM has been awarded two major grants to support the commitment to providing training opportunities relevant to employers’ needs in high-demand, high-wage areas of the job market.
With 49% of skilled trade workers being 45 years or older, according to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, these grants will help UACCM fill the skills gap created by an aging workplace.  UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis said, “These grants will allow UACCM to continue to be a state leader in providing technical training to fill the job vacancies created by the large group of retirees over the next decade as well as address the growing skills gap in Arkansas.”
The first of these grants is the U.S. Department of Labor Grant, awarded by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.  A total of $714,849.67 was awarded to UACCM to support the Arkansas Sector Partnership initiative of UACCM.  This will provide employer-driven workforce training for industries with growing needs, including Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care, Information Technology, and skilled Construction Trades. 

With this grant, UACCM will work with industry partners to create two different pre-employment training programs.  The first of these is a four-week Multi-Craft Industry Training program that will allow participants to gain basic technical skills needed to become more employable. The other is a basic welding training for participants wanting to enter the welding field. Participants successfully completing either of these programs can receive industry-recognized certifications and up to six credit hours toward a degree at UACCM. Funds will be available for tuition to qualified participants.

The University of Arkansas Workforce Alliance (UAWA), of which UACCM is the lead college, was selected by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to receive a Regional Workforce Planning Grant under the Workforce Initiative Act of 2015 in the amount of $81,250.00. The UAWA was created to help schools, workforce boards, industry partners, and adult education centers develop and implement programs that meet changing industry needs and help participants quickly enter the workforce.

This grant will focus on developing partnerships and determining programming needs for welding industry partners.  The program will leverage the welding faculty at five community colleges and mobile training units to offer training that is responsive and flexible to sudden shifts in demand due to changing industry skill needs or new industries entering the state.  While welding is the initial focus of this project, the intent is to expand into additional industry sectors.

With over 170 advisory committee members for its technical programs, representing 150-plus companies, UACCM is acutely aware of the need to respond rapidly as the skill set and technology needs of the trade industries evolve.  These grants will enhance UACCM’s existing focus on responding to the growing demand for trained technicians in the job market.  In 2013, UACCM began its Give Meaning campaign to support the construction of a new Workforce Training Center.  The Center will house the HVAC, Automotive Service Technology, Welding, and Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance programs.  This Center gives UACCM the capacity to anticipate, plan, and implement course changes to meet new needs and opportunities.

For more information about the Give Meaning campaign or the awarded grants, please visit www.uaccm.edu.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Student Art Opening and Reception

Don't miss this art opening with the opportunity to vote for your favorite!  Free food and drinks will be served while you enjoy looking at the hard work of the students.
November 5th
Noon - 1:00 pm
E. Allen Gordon Library

Friday, October 23, 2015

UACCM Partners with American Red Cross to Host Blood Drive

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. west of the Kirk Building on the UACCM campus.

Anyone interested in donating blood can make an appointment in advance or walk-in at their convenience.  For more information or to make an appointment to donate, sign up online at www.redcross.org/blood or at bit.ly/UACCMbd15.

“Hosting a blood drive coincides with UACCM’s core values of giving back to the community,” said Chief Information Officer Mary Clark. “With a simple blood donation, we have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor.”

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims. The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.

For questions about the blood drive at UACCM, contact Courtney Stell at stell@uaccm.edu or by phone at 501-977-2142.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

UACCM Announces 2017 International Travel Opportunity

Students and community members interested in an affordable and safe international travel experience are invited to register for UACCM’s Galapagos Island Adventure scheduled May 25 – June 4, 2017.

Information meetings for this trip will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at both noon and 6:30 p.m. and on Friday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. All meetings will be held in the Kirk Building in room 122. Students and community members are invited to attend.

The current price, which reflects a promotional $200 discount that expires October 31, 2015, includes round-trip airfare, all transportation, sightseeing tours and site visits, all hotels with private bathroom, breakfast and dinner daily, and a full-time multi-lingual tour director. Excursions include a visit to Lava Cave and the Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkeling and touring the wetlands and visiting the giant tortoises at Las Tintoreras. Islands that will be visited include San Cristobal, Isabella, and Santa Cruz.

For more information about this trip visit www.explorica.com/Caig-3830 or contact Karen Caig at 501.977.2075 or caigk@uaccm.edu

Monday, September 28, 2015

UACCM Adult Education Center Fall Semester has begun.

Did you know that in addition to traditional college classes and community education classes UACCM offers adult education classes?
The UACCM Adult Education Center has begun the 2015 fall semester and you are invited to look through our programs to find one that is right for you. Whether the goal is to earn a GED, strengthen basic skills for college or job placement, earn certificates of competency for career readiness, or to improve speaking and reading skills the Adult Education Center is available to help you succeed.
The Center now offers the new GED test administered by computer with a discounted $16 testing fee. Students who complete the GED program will receive a tuition waiver scholarship for a 3-hour college class at UACCM and may also be eligible for a full tuition scholarship to UACCM.

The center provides TABE testing for Workforce, Keytrain, and Career Readiness with certificates provided to show proof of success to potential employers. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also offered for students whose first language is something other than English. College-prep courses are available to students whose COMPASS test scores indicate a need for college remediation courses. In addition, various programs in the computer lab will allow students to practice their skills at their own pace and receive feedback that will build their knowledge in many content areas.

To start on your road to success, visit the UACCM Adult Education Center. All instructional programs are free, and the schedule is flexible. The Adult Education Center is located at 600 North St. Joseph St. in Morrilton. Phone 501-215-4904 or visit www.UACCM.edu for more information.

UACCM Nursing Program Expanding to Clinton.

The University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton will be expanding its Nursing Program to the Clinton Campus. A class of eight will begin in January for Spring 2016, along with a class of 24 students beginning each Spring and Summer 2016 at Morrilton. The deadline to complete the application process for one of these eight spots ends October 1, 2015.

Admission into the UACCM Practical Nursing (PN) Program is a competitive process. There are a number of steps which must be completed before a student can be considered for the PN program.
In addition, students must have completed the entrance exam, the TEAS, at the college within the last three years. The entrance exam score and the grades from the prerequisite courses will be utilized in the class selection process. Students in the Clinton and Van Buren County area will be given a priority in the selection process if meeting all requirements listed on the application.

The entrance exam results and the application must be taken and turned in by October 1, 2015 at 4:30 at the UACCM campus either by mail or in person. A copy of the application can be obtained in the nursing office or online at www.uaccm.edu. For more information please contact the Division of Health Professions and Natural Sciences at 501-977-2152.


The E. Allen Gordon Library of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will host author Jenny Wingfield for a special appearance Oct. 8 at 1:00 pm. Her book, “The Homecoming of Samuel Lake,” is the 2015 selection for “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book,” a program led by the Arkansas State Library and funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Students and the community are encouraged to attend this free event.

“The Homecoming of Samuel Lake,” set in Arkansas, is about the Moses family. Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

Jenny Wingfield is a native of Fountain Hill, Ark . The daughter of a Methodist minister, she grew up “pretty much all over Louisiana”, attending nine schools in twelve years. After earning her B.A. in English and French at Southern State College (now SAU) in Magnolia, she taught in the Hope and Ashdown, Ark. public schools. Wingfield broke into freelancing by writing celebrity articles for Scene Magazine, Music City News, and The Saturday Evening Post. Several years later, she shifted lanes, tackling screenwriting. Her film credits include The Man In The Moon (Reese Witherspoon’s debut movie), The Outsider (starring Naomi Watts), Hallmark Hall of Fame’s A Dog Named Christmas (winner of the 2010 Genesis Award), and several Disney animation projects.

“If All Arkansas Read the Same Book” is presented by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library, and all programs are offered free-of-charge to the public. Created in 2001, this statewide reading program is designed to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to promote book discussion in libraries of all types across Arkansas. The Gordon Library at UACCM is one of the host sites for the 2015 "If All Arkansas Read the Same Book" program. For more information, contact Rebecka Virden by email at virden@uaccm.edu or by calling 501-977-2033.