Partnerships That Work
From nationally known corporations to local employers, business leaders partner with Arkansas community colleges in innovative, timely collaborations that increase skilled workers and drive communities forward in economic development.
Caterpillar + University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
“UA – Pulaski Tech has been a fantastic community partner in Caterpillar’s recent hiring efforts. Their welding program objectives align with the work environment at Caterpillar, the skill sets needed, and the behaviors we expect from our employees. We’ve had continued success with Pulaski Tech graduates becoming valued members of our team.”
– Sarah Zigler, HR Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
Tyson Foods, Inc. + University of Arkansas Cossatot
“Over the last few years, our industry has experienced a shift from ‘gearbox and belt’ type repairs to automation technology, specifically PLC troubleshooting and repair. We needed to speed up the investment in technical skills for our industrial maintenance team to keep pace with the changes.
UA Cossatot has provided the environment that is enabling us to do just that. We have been successful in mitigating skill shortages due to the advanced training members of our maintenance team receives at the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute. I am very thankful to UA Cossatot and Chancellor Cole for being proactive in addressing the need for and supporting training solutions that are long-term and collectively designed.”
Tom Gunter, Tyson Foods, Inc., Nashville Complex HR Manager
City of Jonesboro + Arkansas State University - Newport
“We get to tap into the potential of students that helps with projects and operations in the city. The WHAT IS THE INTERNSHIP internship that ASUN provides gives the City of Jonesboro many opportunities for potential employees. Out of the internship I know we have hired 2 interns in the last 5 years. The City has also hired 3 other graduates from ASUN. This alone should be a picture of how ASUN helps with the rest of the community - by providing well educated and eager-to-learn graduates that businesses can hire.”
Jason Ratliff, City of Jonesboro, IT Director
CYIENT + Black River Technical College
“Black River Tech provides value that enhances growth opportunities for students with customized training programs for CYIENT. With this value it offers opportunities to local students to enroll in our specific training program to become CYIENT ready employees.”
Trish Lemke, North America, CYIENT, Program Manager Talent Acquisition
General Dynamics + Southern Arkansas University Tech
“SAU Tech is a valued partner. They play a critical role in ensuring that our organization maintains a sustainable and qualified workforce, so that we may continue proudly arming and protecting those who protect us.”
-Erik Perrin, CSP, Director Camden Operations
LANXESS + South Arkansas Community College
“SouthArk’s process technology program provides students with the hands-on real-world skills needed at our company. Program graduates that we employ enter our company with skills and knowledge that far exceed other applicants.”
Ronnie Ragan, LANXESS