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Monday, September 11, 2017

New Fall Community Education Courses Available at UACCM

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will offer several new non-credit courses this fall, including health-related, child care, general skills, and computer skills courses. All courses are open to the public and are sponsored by the Office of Workforce and Community Education.

·      Sept. 28: The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease is a program designed to educate participants about the difference between normal memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Risk factors for Alzheimer’s, the diagnostic process, and brain changes during the progression of the disease are just some of the topics covered in the program. The course will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. Registration is free.

·      Oct. 2 – Oct. 25: Participants in the Microsoft Excel Beginner course will learn to create a Microsoft Excel workbook, format and align text, use basic functions such as sum and average, use the fill handle, format numbers, merge and center cells, create charts, use arithmetic operations, insert and delete rows and columns, and print spreadsheets. The course will meet from 5-7 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday. Registration is $100 and must be paid by Sept. 25. Participants must be computer literate and have a good understand of using a computer.

·      Oct. 2 – Oct. 30: Pre-K Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas is a 30-hour training course for educators presented by the Early Childhood Education Project. This course is designed to advance teacher understanding of how three- to five-year-old children develop language and literary skills and why it is important that children develop these skills. The course will meet at 5:45 p.m. each Monday and Thursday. Registration is free.

·      Oct. 9: Effective Interviewing is a course designed to prepare job applicants for the interview process. Ray Trower, a UACCM psychology instructor, will lead participants through what to do before, during, and after the interview. The course will meet from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. Registration is $25 and must be paid by Oct. 2.

·      Oct. 11: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation, and team dynamics. The course will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Registration is $80 and must be paid by Oct. 4. This course can be paired with the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course on Nov. 8 for the discounted registration fee of $150.

·      Oct. 21: ACT Test Prep is a one-day workshop that will help participants learn to avoid common mistakes on the ACT and other placement exams. Participants will gain valuable skills to improve their scores and increase scholarship potential. The workshop will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Registration is $40 and must be paid by Oct. 14. A $20 book is also required for this course, which is available for purchase through the UACCM Bookstore.

·      Oct. 23 – Dec. 15: Introduction to Welding Basics comprises over 135 hours of hands-on classroom instruction in welding, craft skills, OSHA safety certification, soft skills, and job search and resume writing — all with the possibility of up to six hours of prior learning credit. The course will meet from 6-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration is $500 and must be paid by Oct. 16.

·      Oct. 26: Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease is an introductory program that provides participants with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Participants will view video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The course will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Registration is free.

·      Oct. 26 – Dec. 14: Microsoft Excel Intermediate will teach participants how to use median, min, and max functions, resolve error messages, use COUNTIF and IF functions, apply conditional formatting, free and unfreeze columns and rows, print tiles, scale a spreadsheet to fit a page, insert footers, format a chart, and use PivotTables. The course will meet from 5-7 p.m. each Thursday. Registration is $100 and must be paid by Oct. 19. Participants must have competencies shown in Microsoft Excel Beginner.

·      Nov. 6 – Dec. 11: Participants in the Microsoft Access course will learn to plan and create a database, assign data type to fields, add records, use design view to create a table, create a query using a simple query wizard, create and print a form using a wizard, create a report using a wizard, create multiple tables in a database, create a table relationship, sort records in a table, create a query in design view, set criteria in a query, use wildcards in a query, create a calculated field, modify a form in layout view and in design view, create and modify a report, and group data in a printed report. The course will meet from 5-7 p.m. each Monday. Registration is $100 and must be paid by Oct. 30.

·      Nov. 8: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced course that 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. The course will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Registration is $80 and must be paid by Nov. 1. This course can be paired with the PALS course on Oct. 11 for the discounted registration fee of $150.

·      Nov. 13 – Dec. 13: Participants in the Nursing Assistant course will be prepared to provide competent, skilled nursing care in a compassionate manner to residents of long-term care, hospice, and hospital facilities. Upon successful completion of this course with a grade of “C” or higher, participants will take the state competency exam. With successful passage, they will be eligible to become certified nursing assistants. Prerequisites for this course include completion of the non-credit class CPR for Healthcare Providers; a high school diploma or GED; and the ability to meet minimum scores for reading, writing, and math with placement scores from the past five years. Participants must also have a negative tuberculosis test and be willing to undergo criminal background clearance. The course will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Registration is $450 and must be paid by Nov. 6.

·      Nov. 16: Dementia Conversations is a program designed to help participants talk with their families about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia, such as going to the doctor to get a diagnoses or medical care; deciding when it is necessary to stop driving; and making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the person’s wishes are carried out and the costs of future care are covered. The course will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. Registration is free. 

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 shadellv@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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

UACCM Pageant Set For November 4

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton SkillsUSA chapter will host the eleventh annual UACCM Pageant on Saturday, Nov. 4. The pageant will begin at 10 a.m. in the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. 

The pageant is open to current UACCM students, as well as girls between the ages of birth and 17 years old who may compete in seven additional categories. Those competing for the title of Miss UACCM will be judged on beauty, professionalism, speech presentation, and interview skills. The winner of the Miss UACCM division will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college, and the first alternate in that category will receive a $500 scholarship. 

The pageant will run throughout the day, beginning with a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by the Baby Miss, Tiny Miss, Petite Miss, and Little Miss competitions. At 1 p.m., the Princess Miss, Pre-Teen Miss, and Teen Miss competitions will take place ending with the competition and crowning of Miss UACCM. The pageant is open to the public and admission is $3. Children under four years of age get in free. 

The pre-registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 23, and the final deadline to register is by 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30. Applications and pageant rules are available for pickup in the UACCM Business Technology Center, Room 200, or online at www.uaccm.edu/current_student/pageant.htm

For more information, contact Linda Zambrano at (501) 977-2061, or at zambrano@uaccm.edu. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UACCM Registration Dates to Continue Until Aug. 14

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will continue to hold Walk-In Registration days until Saturday, Aug. 12 at noon. If unable to meet with an advisor during these times, new students will still be able to register on Monday, Aug. 14, but only for classes that have not met yet.


UACCM Walk-In Registration Dates:

Aug. 8:            8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (in University Center)
Aug. 9-11:       8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (in Business Technology Center)
Aug. 12:          9 a.m. – Noon (in Business Technology Center
Aug. 14:          8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (in Business Technology Center)

Monday, August 7, 2017

UACCM Foundation Board, Boozman Staffer Tour WTC Site

As construction continues on the 53,000-SF Workforce Training Center project, several members of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation Board toured the site after their quarterly meeting on July 27. The Foundation Board has been the primary source of private fundraising for the building since its conception. 

UACCM Director of Marketing and Public Relations Mary Clark, Will Fisher, Carlene Davis, Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, Pete Giovannini, UACCM Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman, Jeannie Price, Scott McKennon, UACCM Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Linda Birkner  

Tim Riley, a grants coordinator for U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), also visited the site on Aug. 1. Riley provided support from Boozman’s office during the application process, and regularly visits the WTC site to see the progress being made. With his help, a $1,100,000 Economic Development Administration investment from the U.S. Department of Commerce was granted to UACCM in September 2014 for site preparation and infrastructure improvements to support the project.

Front L-R: Tim Riley, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis
Back L-R: WTC Construction Manager Tim Troillet, UACCM Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman 


As of Aug. 7, sheetrock is being installed in Building C, which will house the HVAC and Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology labs. Bricking and roofing on all of the buildings is nearly complete, and all of the concrete floors that require polishing have been polished.

The WTC project, located on the west end of UACCM’s campus, brings together technical training programs, UACCM workforce development, and an adaptable training space for new and existing businesses into one easily accessible location. The building will house one of the largest welding training facilities among Arkansas colleges, along with several labs for industrial mechanics and maintenance, HVAC, and automotive repair classes. In addition to allowing UACCM to greatly expand student enrollment each year in these career-focused programs, more faculty and staff will be added after the building is completed, followed by classes beginning as soon as the fall 2018 semester.

Friday, August 4, 2017

UACCM Adult Education Services Have Opened In Clinton

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Adult Education Center in Clinton is now open and accepting students in the local area. 

All instruction at any UACCM Adult Education Center is free of charge. Each facility offers various programs, including adult basic education, English Language Learners (ESL), college prep, and Workforce Alliance & Growth in the Economy (WAGE) — a series of stackable certifications in partnership with local businesses and industries to prepare participants for workforce careers. GED testing is also available for a discounted fee of $16. Students who complete the GED program will receive a tuition waiver scholarship for a three-hour college class at UACCM, and may also be eligible for a renewable full tuition scholarship to the college for three semesters.

The UACCM Adult Education Center in Clinton is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Evening class hours have not been set. For more information, contact Gayla Feist at (501) 745-6554, or at feist@uaccm.edu. The facility is located at 100 Success Drive, Clinton, AR. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

UACCM Nursing Assistant Class Open For Enrollment

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is now taking applications for the final Nursing Assistant course to be offered in 2017. The deadline to register is Aug. 31, and only the first 12 paid applicants will be accepted.

This course will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 13 with a mandatory orientation session from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kirk Building Room 123, followed by a CPR for Healthcare Providers class on Sept. 14 from 4:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. in the same room. The Nursing Assistant classes will officially begin on Sept. 18, with students meeting every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until Nov. 7.

Students will be prepared to provide competent, skilled nursing care in a compassionate manner to residents of long-term care, hospice, and hospital facilities. Upon successful completion of this course with a grade of “C” or higher, students will take the state competency exam. With successful passage, students will be eligible to become certified nursing assistants.

Those who wish to apply for this eight-week course must have high school diploma or GED, and the ability to meet minimum scored for reading, writing, and math with placement scores from the past five years. Participants must also have a negative tuberculosis test and be willing to undergo criminal background clearance.

The registration cost for this course is $450, though grant funding is available to dislocated workers who are receiving unemployment or who have exhausted unemployment benefits. Grants are also available for unemployed workers who have an established attachment to the workforce, and those with a child under the age of 21 living at home.

To register for this course and others, visit www.uaccm.edu/workforce and use the “See Courses” button to locate the course’s registration form. For more information, contact Vicki Shadell at shadellv@uaccm.edu, or at (501) 977-2132.