First-Generation Student Pursues Culinary Career at NWACC and Interns at Tyson Foods

First-Generation Student Pursues Culinary Career at NWACC and Interns at Tyson Foods

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.

Now Hiring: Arkansas’s community colleges and technical schools providing a shorter path to jobs, prosperity

Now Hiring:  Arkansas’s community colleges and technical schools providing a shorter path to jobs, prosperity

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.

CNA with 17 years Experience Decides to Upgrade Nursing Skills at ASU-Newport

CNA with 17 years Experience Decides to Upgrade Nursing Skills at ASU-Newport

In 2002, Henderson completed ASU-Newport's CNA program. With the help of Career Pathways, she was able to start her career in healthcare at no cost. 

NPC Grad Brings HVAC Engineering Skills Back Home

NPC Grad Brings HVAC Engineering Skills Back Home

Kolp did not always want to be an engineer, but his teachers in high school nurtured his interest in math and science. “My time at NPC solidified my decision to go into engineering, thanks to the professors and friends I met there,” stated Kolp.

Unique Power Technologies Program at U of A Hope-Texarkana Preparing Students for Great Jobs

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. 

College Addresses Diesel Tech Demand

College Addresses Diesel Tech Demand

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.

Community Colleges' Crucial Role in Powering Local Economies

Community Colleges' Crucial Role in Powering Local Economies

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.

Elective course leads UACCB alum to Jonesboro City, Water, and Light

Elective course leads UACCB alum to Jonesboro City, Water, and Light

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.

ASU Mountain Home mechatronics graduate now part of Baxter International team

ASU Mountain Home mechatronics graduate now part of Baxter International team

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.