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Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Workforce, Community Education Courses Announced

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will offer several non-credit courses over the next few weeks — including Employment 101, Medical Terminology, and Child Care Orientation Training — beginning with an eight-week Introduction to Welding Basics course starting Jan. 23. All courses are sponsored by the Office of Workforce and Community Education.

Note: These courses follow the UACCM Community Education Day on Jan. 21. Four courses will be offered to the public during this event, which you can read about here.
  • Jan. 23 – March 17: The Introduction to Welding Basics course, which meets Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., comprises over 135 hours of hands-on classroom instruction in welding, craft skills, OSHA safety certification, soft skills, and resume writing, along with the possibility of up to six hours of prior learning credit. Registration for the course is $450, though some participants may qualify for grant funding.
  • Jan. 23 – Feb. 20: Take the Medical Terminology course to get a jump-start on commonly used medical terms. Designed to complement any medical-related field, Medical Terminology is especially beneficial to nurses, nursing assistants and emergency medical technicians. Registration is $100 for the course, which meets every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 23 – Feb. 27: Creative Activities for Early Childhood is a free, 15-hour training course for educators by the Early Childhood Education Project. The course helps to improve quality of care by training teachers in planning and developing creative activities that are designed to aid children as they grow cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally. Class meets each Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 24 – Jan. 31: Child Care Orientation Training is a free, 10-hour training course for child care workers presented by the University of Arkansas in collaboration with secondary vocational centers, postsecondary vocational technical schools, technical institutes, technical colleges, and community colleges. Class meets each Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 28 – Feb. 4: Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect (PCAN) is a free training course for educators by the Early Childhood Education Project. PCAN is based on the philosophy of helping child care providers promote positive parenting and healthy social-emotional development in children. Class meets for two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 4 – March 18: Multi-Craft Training for Industrial Mechanics comprises 56 hours of training in basic hydraulics/pneumatics, electricity, and motor controls to prepare you for an entry-level job in industrial maintenance. Participants will earn multi-meter 504 and 575 certification, as well as a certificate of completion. Registration for the course is $450, though some participants may qualify for grant funding. Class meets each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 5: If you already have a current Healthcare Provider CPR card, you may register for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. This upper-level course, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes. Registration for the one-day course is $225.
  • Feb. 6 – Feb. 22: The Microsoft Word Basics course will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday. Participants will learn and practice basic Microsoft Word skills such as format and align text, adjust margins, change line spacing, insert special characters and pictures, and more. Registration for the course is $100.

Participants who plan to attend Introduction to Welding Basics or Multi-Craft Training for Industrial Mechanics are required to attend an Employment 101 course prior to the beginning of class. The two-hour course, which normally has a registration fee of $10, will be free to participants who are required to take it. There are Employment 101 courses scheduled for Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.

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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

UACCM To Hold Community Education Day

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, through its Office of Workforce & Community Education, will host a Community Education Day on Jan. 21 at 8 a.m. in the Library Complex. Designed to help community members start off 2017 with some self-improvement, the event will feature courses on personal budgeting, crocheting, genealogy, and improving placement scores for college.

The program for Community Education Day is as follows: 

  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.: “Cracking the ACT” is a one-day workshop to help individuals learn how to avoid common mistakes on the ACT and other placement exams. Participants will gain valuable skills to improve their scores and increase scholarship potential by practicing testing areas such as English, Math, Reading and Science. Registration is $40, which does not include the cost of the “Cracking the ACT” booklet available for rent or purchase from the UACCM Bookstore.
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: “Crochet a Scarf” involves bringing one skein of 4 worsted weight yarn in your choice of color and your own “J” hook needle. In this course, you will learn to chain stitch and make scarves to keep you or a friend warm this winter. Registration is $25. 
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Those wishing to learn more about their family tree are encouraged to register for “Genealogy,” the perfect one-day course to help begin the discovery of your ancestry. Registration is $30. 
  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Are finances part of your New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Get your financial house in order this year by attending “Personal Budgeting Basics,” a course on taught by UACCM Personal Finance Instructor Ron Beckman. Registration is $10.

Registration for all courses must be completed by Jan. 20  by going to www.uaccm.edu/workforce. For more information, contact Director of Workforce Development Vicki Shadell at (501) 977-2132 or shadell@uaccm.edu.

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

UACCM Announces Fall 2016 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 fall 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 – Danielle Blackwell, Madison Cook, Marisa Rodgers
Bigelow – Cassity Gipson
Conway – Aaron Ansel, Ashley Beck, Lancelot Belgrave, Carson Bramlett, Jefferson Caraig, Jacob Christiansen, Holly Cummings, Jana Davenport, Jesse Davenport, Keri Diemer, William Fields, Thomas Gault, Joshua Guidry, Laura Heifner, Christian Hopkins, Cassandra Hulbert, Anthony Jackson, Sawyer Lagasse, Dalton Lewis, Ruiz Paola Lozano, Lacey Martin, Morgan McPeake, Rachel McQuade, Melodie Moore, Robert Moore, Mercedes Most, Patrick Paladino, Mattie Pham, Layne Pitman, Ashton Rainey, Maggie Schichtl, Stephany Smith, Nate Turner, Diana Vintila, Mica Walter
Damascus – Kyla Duvall, Lacie Holland, Peggy Mann
Danville – Lyric Richards
Dover – Teresa Mefford, Williams Rix
Fairfield Bay – Casey Allen
Greenbrier – Amber Battles, Loretta Carr, Brandi Evans, Melanie Harrington, Dylan Linn, Stephanie Love, Lindsey Stephens, Samantha Stephens
Guy – Russell Conger
Hattieville – Jonathan Strickland
Hector – Michael Morris
Jerusalem – Timothy Hampton
Marshall – Justin Elliott
Mayflower – Hephzibah Posadas
Morrilton – Ruelf Alarcon, Matthew Beck, Heather Davis, Alaina Hallum, Emilee Moll, Robert E. Williamson III, Tonie Wilson
Mount Vernon – Jamie Patterson
Oppelo – Brandi Edmunds
Perryville – Nathaniel Brand, Thomas Browne, Reanna Murphy, Courtney Dennis, Elizabeth Watkins
Plainview – Evan Peck
Plumerville – Kristal Charton, Lydia Howell
Pottsville – Devin Bennett
Quitman – Courtney Holloway
Roland – James Kitchens
Russellville – Brock Calvert, Kevin Hoggard, Logan Killer, Leslie Lawhorn, Andrea Level, Maria Linares, Taylor Manson, Michael Tidwell
Springdale – Marcy Sisemore
Vilonia – Payton Buckner, Kaleb Ferren, Megan Franks, Chad McCoy, Austin Thomas

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):
Adona – Terrell Bird
Atkins – Seth Shaddon, Makayla Wyllia
Bauxite – Bradley Duncan
Bee Branch – Clay Williams, Emily Moses
Belleville – McKenzie Baxter, Justin Abernathy
Bigelow – Courtney Baxter, Brian Marengo, Zachary Powers, Andrea Rappold, Laura Thomas
Bluffton – Justin Abernathy
Cabot – Sara Perdue
Center Ridge – Eric Howard
Clinton – Pamela Caltrider, Aaron Freeman, Jamie Slack, Brooklynn Wiley
Conway – William Adolph, Jasmine Albert, Matthew Barber, Ashley Bernard, Samantha Bland, Sierra Brannon, Mikaela Brown, Savannah Butler, Sarai Camarillo, Kerry Causey, Talyn Daniel, Erika Dison, Kayla Earnest, Sara Ferebee, Brooke Finch, Briant Gonzalez, Brooke Goodwin, Alyssa Harding, LaVonda Harris, Regina Harvey, Amanda Hickman, Jessalyn Jackson, Deeanna Jones, Jennifer Laird, Alana Lambert, Joseph Langer, Blake Lester, Jorge Maldonado Jr., Allison May, Jamie Mazen, Whitney Meeks, Molly Moore, Anna Nabholz, Christine Nichols, Felicia Olson, Ashton Outlaw, Alexis Pack, Marissa Payne, Ben Ratliff, Emily Robinson, Christian Salazar, Kathryn Seals, Anthony Sherrod, Charlie Short, Layton Shumate, Andrew Sibrian, Alyssa Slusser, Johnathan Sumner, Catlin Whitlow
Damascus – Colter Hall
Danville – Brody Bland  
Dover – Alexandria Baskin, Lakynn Noblett, David Shaddon
Fort Smith – Bryan Cates
Greenbrier – Michael Baker, Hilda Ballesteros, Tammy Givens, Quincey Powell, Jennifer Roberts, Marc Roberts Jr., Charli Strong, Chelsea Thompson
Hattieville – LaDeedra Jackson, Atlanta Turnage
Hector – Emily Mathis, Brooklyn Meeks
Houston – Tristen Benton
Jerusalem – Jonathon Vaughan
Mayflower – Anna Copeland, Hannah Elliott, Ashley Raney, Tyler Roberts
Menifee – Allie Baker
Morrilton – Harrison Ackley, Cody Beck, Joshua Brown, Nataly Caki, Gail Eller, Joshua Gayler, Jeffrey Green, Haley Hoelzeman, Candice Lunsford, Kristina Scroggins, Kaden Shipp, Mia Taylor
Mount Vernon – Morgan Hahn
Oark – Helen Stewart
Oppelo – Kimberly Heflin, Lyndsey Jones
Perry – Leigh-Anne Sullivan
Perryville – Aaron Jones, Natalie Sims, Mary Volz
Plumerville – Tiffany Watts
Pottsville – William Riggs, Nathalie Wetzel
Quitman – Denene Holliman
Russellville – Linnea Brannon, Daniel Childers, Jocelyn Coats, Kevin Gutierrez, Renee Heathcoat, Ezekiel lake, Leydi Munoz
Shirley – Courtney Perry  
Springfield – Brandon Garner, Gabriel Rodelo, Dylan Watters
Vilonia – Megan Mathis, Ian Stephens

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

UACCM Fall 2016 Graduation Ceremonies Schedule

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will hold five graduation ceremonies for its fall 2016 graduates beginning Monday, Dec. 5. All ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus, followed by a reception in the Student Union where families may take pictures and meet UACCM’s faculty and staff. 
  • Monday, Dec. 5 — Registered Nursing
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 — Practical Nursing 
  • Thursday, Dec. 8 — General Studies; Air Conditioning, Heat & Refrigeration; Automotive Collision Repair; Automotive Service; Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance; Petroleum Technology; Welding
  • Monday, Dec. 12 — Associate of Science in Education; Computer Information Systems; Computer Maintenance; Networking Technology; Drafting; Early Childhood Development; Emergency Medical Technician; Surveying
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 — Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Associate of Science Business; Associate of Applied Science in Business with focus in Accounting, Business Office Technology and Retail Marketing; Business Certificate

Monday, November 14, 2016

Community Invited to Holiday Events at UACCM

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton invites the community to “The Gingerbread Man” on Nov. 29, followed by its 14th annual Night of Luminaries on Dec. 1.

“The Gingerbread Man” is a touring production presented by the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre in Little Rock. Running from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the UACCM Fine Arts Auditorium, the show tells the classic fairy tale story of the Gingerbread Man, who attempts to outrun the local residents and a very sly fox. Tickets are now available, though limited to four per person. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Night of Luminaries follows the Morrilton Christmas parade and will be held on campus. The sidewalks of UACCM will be lined with more than 2,000 luminary bags, decorated by Conway County children, and the community is invited to walk or drive through to view their artwork. Participating schools and organizations that helped decorate luminary bags include the Conway County Center for Exceptional Children, Morrilton Primary, Morrilton Elementary, Morrilton Intermediate, Nemo Vista Elementary, Sacred Heart Elementary, Wonderview Elementary, Riverview Baptist Christian School, and UACCM’s Earle Love Child Study Center.

Santa Claus will also be available to visit with children and hand out gifts in the area between the Fine Arts Building and Business Technology Center at UACCM. Families are invited to bring their camera to take pictures with him, and to also enjoy cookies and hot cocoa served by UACCM faculty and staff.

Be sure to check the UACCM Facebook page for any last-minute updates in the event of winter weather in the forecast. For more information about any of these holiday events, contact Kristi Strain at (501) 977-2081, or by email at strain@uaccm.edu.

***An earlier copy of this press release incorrectly stated that Night of Luminaries is scheduled for Dec. 3. That has been changed to the correct date, Dec. 1. The event will still follow the Morrilton Christmas parade.

Genita Whiting Named Outstanding Adult Education Teacher by AACAE

Genita Whiting, an adult education instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, was given the Outstanding Adult Education Teacher award by the Arkansas Association of Continuing & Adult Education (AACAE) at the association’s 2016 conference in Hot Springs on Nov. 4.

“Ms. Whiting provides her students with the spark of encouragement they need to feel empowered and realize they are capable of achieving their goals,” Kim Darling, the director of adult education at UACCM, wrote in her nomination letter to the association. “She is the reason UACCM’s Adult Education program has been and will continue to be a thriving program. She is a role model for all UACCM employees, and she is a blessing to Arkansas Adult Education.”
L-R: Martin Loa, Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Representative for Region 6; Genita Whiting, UACCM Adult Education instructor; Lloyd Huskey, Director of Adult Education at Arkansas Baptist College

Whiting, who is in her 27th year with the UACCM Adult Education program, said she was “completely overwhelmed by this unexpected honor.”

“During the awards ceremony, I listened to the speaker read the qualifications of the 2016 Outstanding Adult Education Teacher,” Whiting said. “At some point, I realized the combination of qualifications sounded familiar to me: a start date from January of 1989 and certification as a Career Development Facilitator. When I looked at my colleagues seated beside me, I discovered they were videoing the presentation.” 

UACCM provides adult education instruction in Conway and Perry counties. Classes are designed to help people improve their skills in English, math, and reading. Our program provides GED instruction, basic skills refresher courses for students about to enter college, and training for people who need to develop their basic skills for the workplace.