ASU Mid-South welding faculty Ed Cook and his class made a prototype mold of a special filter that can make 55 gallons of clean drinking water a day to address water supply needs in Monduli Juu, a rural area of Tanzania with no access to clean water.
“I chose to continue taking classes at UA Cossatot because the classes I took through the college while I was in high school helped me get a head start,” said Martinez. “It was also cheaper, close to home, and the welding class met in the afternoon and evening, which allowed me to go to school after work. My teachers taught me what I needed to know and I was able to get a job in the same area.”
A first-generation student whose parents are immigrants from El Salvador, Sergio grew up in Springdale and has always been interested in food and culinary arts. Following different experiences, he decided being a chef in a restaurant wasn't his ultimate goal. After graduating in 2017 from Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, a division of NorthWest Arkansas Community College providing culinary arts training, he is focused on working for a large corporation, and possibly traveling around the world, learning about food trends and production.
Companies across Arkansas are searching for skilled laborers to fill as many as 60,000 open positions. To qualify for these high-paying positions, laborers will need training that doesn’t necessarily require earning a four-year degree from a university. Arkansas’ community colleges and technical schools are providing the next wave of skilled laborers a shorter path to jobs and prosperity with a fraction of the debt.
Jeremy Miller, of Dierks, Arkansas, is a graduate of the Power Technologies program at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT). He chose UAHT because he received the AEP/SWEPCO Power Plant Technology Scholarship and the college was one of the few schools in the region to offer this unique program.
According to a recent assessment by the TechForce Foundation, the US trucking industry needs nearly 300,000 new technicians over the next 10 years to meet demand. The University of Arkansas Cossatot will offer Diesel Technology courses starting January 2019 to address this need.
Vibrant communities have a healthy dose of industry diversity, job growth that spans a variety of skill levels, and residents with the skills and training to fill those new jobs. Every community wants to attract and keep an educated workforce. However, as public investment in higher education lags, most proposals for how to do so carry a hefty price tag.
Dalton Palmer didn’t have any plans to become an electrician until he took an industrial technology course as an elective at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
“I originally wanted to be a respiratory therapist, but when I got to do so much hands-on learning in my industrial technology courses, I found that I really loved it. I switched my major to industrial maintenance,” Palmer said.
Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions.
As a Production Technician I and part of the robotics assembly, ASUMH graduate Jesse Hutchinson is part of a two- to three-person team that runs the cell, or manufacturing line, and troubleshoots if there are any issues.