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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.


MORRILTON, Ark.— In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton presents the crowd-pleasing “Mariachi America” band in a special concert. Admission is free so bring the whole family to this entertaining event October 6, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the UACCM Student Union on the west side of the Kirk Building.

With this event UACCM hopes to bring awareness and celebration to the heritage and important contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans around the world. In addition to the mariachi performance, UACCM Admissions and Financial Aid Offices, Adult Education ESL (English as a Second Language) program, Career Pathways, Nursing Department, and Art Department will have booths set up to share information about programs and services.


MORRILTON, Ark.— The Governor’s Dislocated Workers Task Force Mobile Unit will be at the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton as part of the Workforce Strong Manufacturing Day Event on Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This free event is open to the community and will offer a complementary lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs. No reservations are necessary.

Workforce Strong in Central Arkansas will focus on the college’s technical and professional training programs and is designed for anyone from currently enrolled junior and senior high school students to underemployed and unemployed adults. Individuals considering the possibility of making a career change may also be interested in attending, as well as families with students enrolled in the eighth through twelfth grades who are exploring career opportunities.

Guests will be able to freely explore the various technical areas, meet the instructors, and see the equipment and tools used in the hands-on labs. It is also a chance for individuals to speak with possible future employers who hire technical program graduates of UACCM. For additional information, please contact the UACCM Office of Workforce Development at 501-977-2189.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Manufacturing Day Event Saturday, October 3

In recognition of Manufacturing Day, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will hold an open house-style event, “Workforce Strong in Central Arkansas” on Saturday, October 3

This event, which will focus on the college’s technical and professional training programs, is free and open to the public. It is designed for anyone from currently enrolled junior and senior high school students to underemployed and unemployed adults. Guests will have the opportunity to freely explore the various technical areas, meet the instructors, and see the equipment and tools used in the hands-on labs. It is also a chance for individuals to speak with possible future employers who hire technical program graduates of UACCM.

Another goal of UACCM’s Manufacturing Day event is to provide information about the shortage of skilled workers that employers currently face. UACCM has invited numerous businesses to set up booths next to the technical areas that provide training for them.

Individuals considering the possibility of making a career change may also be interested in attending, as well as families with students enrolled in the eighth through twelfth grades who are exploring career opportunities.

Friday, August 28, 2015


Centennial Bank has pledged a $100,000 contribution to the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation’s GIVE MEANING campaign.

Centennial Bank’s contribution is the largest corporate gift to date, as well as one of the largest gifts overall, as part of the GIVE MEANING campaign. The gift will help support construction costs of the Workforce Training Center at UACCM. As an unrestricted gift, the funds will be used where there is the greatest need in alignment with the campaign’s priorities. The contribution qualifies for a naming opportunity of the front courtyard of the Workforce Training Center.

Centennial Bank President Greg Sanson said, "We feel UACCM fills a much needed role in the education system of our state."

The new facility will bring together technical training programs, workforce development, and adaptable training space for existing and new businesses and industry into one easily accessible location on the UACCM campus. All of these services will equip the area with a qualified workforce for high-wage, high-demand careers and will provide a vital economic development tool.

UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis said, “We are so excited to have Centennial Bank as a community partner for this important economic development project and appreciate very much their level of commitment.”

Sanson also said, "The bank is excited about the Workforce Training Center being planned on the UACCM campus. Understanding the importance of this project... the bank is excited to show our support through this gift."

The $13 million facility will house many of the college’s existing technical programs including automotive service technology; heating, air conditioning a
nd refrigeration technology; and welding technology. Also to be included in the Workforce Training Center is a proposed diesel mechanics program and a new industrial mechanics and maintenance technology program which includes many classes in the petroleum technology plan of study.

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 in assisting current industry with workforce development needs. The training center will act as a site for the college’s Community Outreach program which develops customized training as requested by many industry partners year round. The program also provides ongoing training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed individuals. Therefore, UACCM is seeking guidance from its industry partners to ensure that the new facility meets current industry standards for training.

UACCM Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman noted the significance the contribution holds to UACCM’s student population in saying, “This contribution is representative of an area where 40 percent of our students call home. Faulkner County is extremely important to UACCM, and it’s great to have such overwhelming support from that area.”

For more information about the GIVE MEANING campaign, including ways to support the fundraising efforts, visit www.uaccm.edu/GiveToUACCM or contact Zimmerman at 501-977-2085 or zimmerman@uaccm.edu.

Monday, August 3, 2015


The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton announces a new Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology program starting this fall. The program has been in the works for several months and has recently passed the final stages of approval by the University of Arkansas System and the Arkansas Department for Higher Education.

The Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology program is designed to prepare students in general electromechanical safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting practices that are applicable to multiple industrial settings. Students will be trained to perform a variety of skills to repair, install, adjust, and do preventive maintenance to high-tech industrial machinery.

UACCM instructor Robby Tipton will teach many of the classes offered in the new program. Tipton said, “We built this program using information collected from several different industries in the area. It will be very hands-on and offer safety training that is used widely in several different industries.”

After successful completion of the program, students will be able to enter the workplace and fill highly-skilled positions which require a technician to install, operate, support, upgrade and/or maintain the software, hardware, automated equipment and systems that many companies are dependent upon.

UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis said, “We are constantly working to bring new and relevant programs to UACCM, expanding options for students and allowing them to enter the workforce with a skillset that our industry partners have told us is valuable to them. This is exactly what we have done when developing the Industrial Mechanics program to ensure our graduates are equipped for their future in the industry.”

The program offers courses allowing students to work toward a
certificate of proficiency, technical certificate, or associate of applied science degree. Some of the classes offered within the program include Schematics, Introduction to Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Fundamentals of Electricity, Arc Flash Safety, Motors and System Controls, Introduction to Analog and Digital Electronics, First Aid/HSE, Understanding OSHA Regulations Basic, Hydraulic and Pneumatics, Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers, and Electromechanical Troubleshooting.

“My goal is to have conveyors, robotic arms, and other items that we can use to build a small factory so students get a real-world feel,” Tipton explained. “This will prepare our students and make them more desirable applicants equipped with a degree and experience that help them advance quicker in today’s workplace.”

For more information about the Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology program, visit www.uaccm.edu and select “Programs of Study” from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Use your remaining financial aid for textbooks and a meal plan

Reserve your textbooks online now, then charge to your financial aid when you pick them up. And remember, you can add a meal plan to your charges, too! Students may charge to their financial aid two times per semester. Financial aid charges may be made in the University Bookstore on the following dates:
  • Monday, August 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • August 17 to 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • August 19 to 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If you have questions about Bookstore charges to financial aid, textbook reservations and rentals, or meal plans, call the Bookstore at 501-977-2127.

Monday, July 20, 2015


The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will show “Avengers Age of Ultron” Tuesday, August 11, at the Starlight Cinema Back-to-School Bash. The free community-wide movie event will start at sundown, around 8:30 p.m., on the lawn outside the Fine Arts Auditorium at UACCM.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up like their favorite superhero for this family-friendly, back-to-school bash! A concession stand will open at 8:00 p.m. with free hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks while supplies last. The event is not ticketed, and guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Fine Arts Auditorium.

This sequel to the smash-hit comic-book epic "The Avengers" finds the iconic superhero team dealing with a threat of their own making: a sentient robot called Ultron (voice of James Spader), who was originally designed as part of a peacekeeping program. Since the events of the last film, Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) have been working to take down various cells of a secret society of villains known as HYDRA. Their zeal to make the world a better, safer place inspires Tony Stark, genius billionaire and alter ego of Iron Man, to create Ultron in order to respond to additional threats that the Avengers aren't able to handle. Ultron, unfortunately, takes this directive way too seriously -- he believes that world peace can only be achieved by exterminating humanity, and he'll stop at nothing to accomplish this goal. The battle between the Avengers and Ultron is further complicated by the appearance of superpowered siblings Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who ally themselves with the homicidal android. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders co-star as, respectively, S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives Nick Fury and Maria Hill. Joss Whedon, writer and director of the previous Avengers movie, returns in both capacities here.

UACCM provides accommodations in the spirit of equalizing opportunity in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including all amendments. If you have an accommodation need for any UACCM event, please contact Counseling Services at 501-977-2095.

The community is encouraged to attend this free event. For more information about Starlight Cinema, email stell@uaccm.edu or call 501-977-2142.