Colleges meeting the skills gap needs of Arkansas

 
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CAD/CAM DRAFTER
MARCO TORRES CARRANZA*

Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting & Design from Arkansas State University - Beebe

Employed by Cedar Creek LLC in North Little Rock

“Growing up poor, the idea of paying for [a four-year college degree] seemed too far away. [This] was affordable, and I’m not in any kind of debt. I saw the opportunity to make good money without numerous years of schooling.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) make $61,673
Average Wages in Arkansas are $36,790 annually and $17.6 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas State University - Beebe
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College

 
 
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INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE
MELISSA ROGERS*

Currently pursuing an associate degree at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville

Employed by Tyson Foods-Noel Complex in Noel, Missouri

“One of the major things that surprised me most is how quickly I am moving up the chain at the young age of 19. Learning a trade and [specific] skills will take you far.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) make $124,219
Median wages in the US are $67,918 and $20.98 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University - Newport
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College
University of Arkansas Cossatot
University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana

Growing by 1,810 jobs in Arkansas by 2026

 
 
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WELDER
SHAWN RIDDLE*

Certificate in Welding from University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

Employed by Caterpillar in North Little Rock

“Welding is a great career…I was surprised by how many jobs there are for welders-a lot more than I thought…You will get to build some of the coolest products - from tire changers all the way to bridges built across the country.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) make $84,1118
Median wages in the US are $43,855 annually and $17.49 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University - Newport
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Heber Springs Campus)
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Ozarka College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College
University of Arkansas Cossatot
University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana

Growing by 5,680 jobs in Arkansas by 2026

 
 
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AUTOMATION & ROBOTICS
STEVEN POWELL*

Associate degree in Industrial Electronics from North Arkansas College, Harrison

Employed by Pace Industries in Harrison

“[This path] has allowed me to purchase and [remodel] a beautiful home, which I can turn around and sell later [to] purchase land to build my dream home. It has also allowed me to pay off bills that were piling up and to not have that burden anymore.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) earn $72,515
Median wages in the US are $51,804 annually and $21.78 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas State University Mid-South
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

A recent study revealed that, at the present pace, the industry faces a job shortage of 2 MILLION WORKERS over the next decade.

 
 
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MACHINIST
PHILIP BERNARD*

Technical Certificate in Computerized Machining Technology from Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)

Employed by Remington Arms Company in Lonoke

“I go to work every day enjoying what I do. There is a certain feeling of accomplishment every time I finish a part.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) earn $76,085
Average wages in Arkansas are $40,610 annually and $19.52 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas State University - Newport
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana

280 job openings annually in Arkansas

 

*As seen in Arkansas Next, 2018

 

Workforce Development Success

Arkansas community colleges began with the goal of giving everyone in the state access to quality higher education and workforce training. The following students share life-changing experiences at their local community colleges.

 
 

Arkansas SkillsUSA Competition
Community College Winners

In a recent SkillsUSA trade skills competition held at Hot Springs Convention Center, 75 community college students from schools around Arkansas earned medals showcasing expertise in over 32 technical competitions.

These students are learning trades at their local community college to prepare them to meet skills gap needs in the state, allowing for Arkansas industry and economy to advance. “Arkansas community colleges provide technical training that meets the the employment needs of regional business partners,” said Collin Callaway, Chief Operations Officer for Arkansas Community Colleges. “These 75 SkillsUSA competition winners demonstrate expertise in construction, welding, industrial maintenance, information technology, and other trades with jobs available right now. We are proud of these students and excited for their futures.”

Gold medal winners qualify to compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships held in Louisville Kentucky from June 25-27, 2019. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. According to SkillsUSA, these national technical competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers.

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AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY 
Auto Parts Specialist
Silver: Blake Due, Arkansas State University Mountain Home Automotive Service Technology
Gold: Chris Thompson, Arkansas State University Beebe at Searcy
Silver: Aaron Cope, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree

AVIATION MAINTENANCE
Gold: Sidney Stone, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Silver: James Buckwalter, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Dillon Waloshin, Southern Arkansas University Tech Career Academy

CARPENTRY 
Cabinetmaking
Gold: Benjamin Chapman, North Arkansas College
Carpentry
Gold: Mathew Bell, North Arkansas College
Silver: Matthew Alexander, North Arkansas College

COLLISION REPAIR
Automotive Refinishing Technology
Bronze: David Bailey, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Collision Repair Technology
Silver: Shawn Sternod, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Jese Fields, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree

COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROL (CNC) TECHNOLOGY
CNC Milling Technology
Gold: Bridger Harris, North Arkansas College
Silver: Bailey Turner, University of Arkansas Rich Mountain
Bronze: Dylan Davis, University of Arkansas Rich Mountain
CNC Turning Technology
Gold: Kimberly Wise, University of Arkansas Rich Mountain
Silver: Michael Carlton, North Arkansas College
Bronze: Austin Butler, Arkansas State University Beebe at Searcy

CONSTRUCTION
Architectural Drafting
Gold: Jessie Lentz, University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton
Technical Drafting
Gold: Raquel Taylor, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Silver: Ryan Draper, Arkansas State University Newport
Bronze: Ted Johnston, University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton

COSMETOLOGY AND ESTHETICS
Cosmetology

Gold: Kimberly Davison, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree
Silver: Jessica Mott, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree
Bronze: Cassandra Bastian, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree
Cosmetology Display Only – Hair
Gold: Molly Brannon, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Silver: Shabnam Abbasi, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Catherine Wilkerson, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Cosmetology Display Only – Makeup
Silver: Hallie Brown, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Ashton Veazey, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Cosmetology Display Only – Nails
Gold: Kiley West, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Esthetics
Gold: Bianca Sebastian, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree Silver: Elizandi Acevedo, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Kobee Garner, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree
Nail Care
Gold: Jaliekah Goss, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Silver: Maria Leon, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Macy Crabtree, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College

CULINARY ARTS AND COMMERCIAL BAKING 
Culinary Arts
Gold: Taylor Scott, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Silver: Delovely Martinez, Arkansas State University Newport at Jonesboro
Commercial Baking
Gold: Jaclyn Duff, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Silver: Julia Green, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Sarah Sutton, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College

HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION
Silver: Hunter Carr, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree

INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY
Automated Manufacturing Technology

Gold: Matthew Dunn, Melinda Bandy, and Jordan Mater, Arkansas State University Beebe at Searcy
Major Appliance Technology
Gold: Christopher Whitehead, East Arkansas Community College
Silver: Jeffrey Jackson, East Arkansas Community College
Bronze: Scott Young, East Arkansas Community College

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Bronze: Austin Vance, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree

MOTORCYCLE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY
Gold: Josiah Simmons, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Silver: Murry Chappelle, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
Bronze: Johnathon Sanders, University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College

PIPE WELDING
Gold: Dayton McCall, South Arkansas Community College
Silver: Johnathan Mitchell, South Arkansas Community College

PLUMBING
Gold: Christopher Jacger, North Arkansas College

POWER EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY
Gold: David Culwell, Arkansas State University Beebe at Searcy
Silver: Adam Cox, Arkansas State University Beebe at Searcy
Bronze: Trevor Edgley, Arkansas State University Beebe at Searcy

RELATED TECHNICAL MATH
Silver: Joseph Long, Arkansas State University Beebe at Searcy

RESIDENTIAL WIRING
Gold: Dustin Boyce, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree
Silver: Karl Warren, East Arkansas Community College
Bronze: Devon Pittman, Arkansas State University Newport at Marked Tree

WELDING
Welding
Silver: Addison Mahan, Arkansas State University Moutain Home
Bronze: Joseph Brasko, University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton
Welding Fabrication
Gold: Matt McWilliams, Cain Newton, and Phillip Rusokov of the University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton
Silver: Casey Anderson, Aron Balentine, and Clifford Mattos, Arkansas State University Mountain Home
Bronze: Xavier Foster, Benjamin Hunter and Kirstin Williams, Arkansas State University Newport
Welding Sculpture
Gold: James Lea, North Arkansas College
Silver: Sierra Villalvazo, Arkansas State University Mountain Home

In the News

Articles from various media outlets about community college contributions to economic development and workforce training.