Have You Applied for the ArFuture Grant?

Current and prospective Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students are encouraged to apply for their share of $8.5 million in grants through a program offered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Arkansas Future (ArFuture) Grants will cover tuition and fees for eligible students in qualifying associate degree and certificate programs at public higher education institutions and includes requirements for mentoring and community service.

Richard Harris, chief student officer at ATU-Ozark, said the Ozark campus of Arkansas Tech leads the region in ArFuture eligible programs of study with 29.

Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For degree eligibility, contact ATU-Ozark Student Services at (479) 667-2117.

Application Deadline for fall 2018 ArFuture Grants is July 1, 2018.

For more information about the grants, visit http://scholarships.adhe.edu/scholarships/detail/arfutures.

To apply for the ArFuture Grant, visit https://www.ark.org/adhe_financialaid/login.aspx.

Ozark, ATCC Students Win Skills USA Awards

Seventeen Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Arkansas Tech Career Center students earned awards at the 2018 Skills USA Arkansas State Competition in Hot Springs.

“Arkansas Skills USA gives our campus an opportunity to showcase the expertise our students and faculty bring to our industries and to our state,” said Bruce Sikes, ATU-Ozark chancellor. “We congratulate our award winners and recognize the efforts of all our Ozark campus competitors who positioned themselves to succeed.”

The following are the names of Skills USA winning students (their program of study), competition category and place:

• Kris Harkey of Paris, (Welding Technology), Welding Fabrication, gold
• Tiffany Orff of Booneville, (Welding Technology), Welding Fabrication, gold
• Serena Vanderford of Clarksville, (Welding Technology), Welding Fabrication, gold
• Beau Riggs of Ozark, (Computer Information Technology), Computer Services, gold
• Marcus Watson of Clarksville, (Computer Information Technology), Technical Computer Applications, gold
• Brettaney Davenport of Clarksville, (Computer Information Technology), Technical Computer Services, silver
• Kaleb Freeman of Clarksville, (Computer Information Technology), Information Technology Services, bronze
• Nash Barnett of Alma, (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), HVAC, gold
• Juan Barrientos of Clarksville, (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), HVAC, bronze
• Randy Gunter of Ozark, (Automotive Service Technology), Automotive Service Technology, silver
• Moises Lopez of Fort Smith, (Automotive Service Technology), Parts Specialist, silver
• Jeison Jeffery of Clarksville, (Automotive Service Technology), Parts Specialist, bronze
• Joshua Kinnard of Fort Smith, (Collision Repair Technology), Collision Repair Technology, silver

The following are the names of Skills USA Arkansas Tech Career Center winning students (their program of study), competition category and place:

• TJ Evans of Russellville, (Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement), Criminal Justice-High Risk Traffic Stops, gold
• Michael Huggins of Dover, (Automation Systems Technologies), Robotics, silver
• Stephen Judkins of Pottsville, (Automation Systems Technologies), Robotics, silver
• Shelby Brashear of Atkins, (Automotive Service Technology), Job Interview, silver

For more information about ATU-Ozark, call (479) 667-2117 or visit www.atu.edu/ozark.

Photographed (from left-to-right): ATU-Ozark welding students who took home gold medals at the Arkansas Skills USA competition were Tiffany Orff, Serena Vanderford and Kris Harkey.

ATU-Ozark Students Collect ALPNA Awards

Six Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students earned awards at Arkansas Licensed Practical Nurses Association (ALPNA) Spring Skills Competition in Hope in March.

“We are proud of all of our participants,” said Bruce Sikes, chancellor of ATU-Ozark. “Our commitment to provide career readiness is evident by the participation of faculty and students in this competition, and our ability to provide excellence shows with these honors.”

The following are the names of ALPNA winning students, listed with their program of study, competition category and place:

  • Ryan Goodwin of Chester, (Practical Nursing), job interview, second
  • Meagan Gooch Haller of Magazine, (PN), CPR-2 man team, second
  • Jennifer Dorey of Pocola, Okla., (PN), CPR-2 man team, second
  • Lacey Mann of Alma, (PN), pharmacology, second
  • Marisa Felterman of Fort Smith, (PN), medical terminology, third
  • Becky Barber of Alma, (PN), nutrition, third

Other ATU-Ozark students who competed at ALPNA were Rebekah Linville, Brittany Nelson, Megan Silva, Hayley Turner, Stephanie Sheppard, Edith Magdelene, Nickolle Pool, Sara Taylor, Quincy Gragg, Kasey Keith, Graham Lair, Paige Clayborn, Haylie Barham, Jessica Kelley, Tamara Frias, Kayla Ischell, Brandy Scoggins, Monica Adair, Donnellie Burton, Jennifer Golden, Miquel Andrade, Don Burchect, Jaynie Nonnemacher, Justin Tedford, Rebecca Clayton, Rochelle Hern, Summer Johnson, Lauren Riedmyeller, Casey Berry, Angelic Smith, Mary Pitchford, Britteni Acord and Rainie Kern.

For more details regarding ATU-Ozark programs, call (479) 667-2117 or visit www.atu.edu/ozark.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Meagan Gooch Haller, Jennifer Dorey, Marisa Felterman and Lacey Mann, students from the ATU-Ozark Practical Nursing program, stand proudly with their ALPNA trophies.

New Scholarship for Concurrent Students

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is making its degrees and certificates in career education more attainable for more students with a new scholarship program and a renewed emphasis on connecting students with additional means of financial aid.

ATU-Ozark is reaching out to entering freshmen in fall 2018 who completed concurrent credit with ATU while in high school by offering them a one-time, $500 scholarship.

Additional requirements for the concurrent scholarship include graduation from high school with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, enrollment at ATU-Ozark in a minimum of 12 hours during the fall 2018 semester and U.S. citizenship.

“This new scholarship program will provide students with greater access to high-demand, high-wage careers,” said Bruce Sikes, chancellor at ATU-Ozark. “Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus is an affordable access point for training in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other skills that employers are seeking.”

ATU-Ozark is also connecting students with the Arkansas Futures (ARFutures) grant, which can lead to tuition-free college for many students.

Richard Harris, chief student officer at ATU-Ozark, said the Ozark campus of Arkansas Tech leads the region in ARFuture eligible programs of study with 29.

“Part of the mission of our institution is to create affordable access points for anyone interested in going to college,” said Harris. “The addition of the concurrent scholarship program for area high school students and the ARFutures grant, which is available to graduating seniors and adult learners, now makes it easier than ever to afford the life-changing benefits of an advanced academic credential.”

Call (479) 667-2117 to inquire about student financial aid at ATU-Ozark.

SpringFest April 18: Fun, Food, Entertainment

OZARK – Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will hold its annual SpringFest celebration on Wednesday, April 18. Sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), SpringFest promises to be a day of food, fun, activities and entertainment.

SpringFest will officially kick off at 11 a.m. in the Student Services Conference Center with a recognition ceremony for SkillsUSA, ALPNA and PBL competition winners. The 2018 SGA Staff Quality Service Award also will be presented.

At noon, SGA will provide a free lunch and activities. At 1 p.m., the Student Ambassadors will host games and activities outside.

A prize drawing will send a few lucky students home with either an Ozark Trail cooler or a flat screen TV and an ATU tech gear bundle. Gift cards will also be handed out for trivia questions. Winners must be present to win.

For more information call (479) 667-2117 or go by student services.