ATU-Ozark Human Services Program Earns Accreditation

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus has received accreditation for its Associate of Applied Science degree in human services.

The five-year accreditation from the Council for Standards in Human Services (CSHSE) is effective Oct. 29, 2017. The council cited 12 strengths of the program, including the effectiveness of the courses, the fact that the program was designed using the accreditation standards, the support of an advisory board, the evaluation process for faculty, the strong curriculum, the experience gained during the course and the support of the university and the chief academic officer.

“Human Services is an unbelievably broad field, with graduates working in jobs ranging from juvenile justice to mental health to homeland security and many others,” said Lynn Washington, Human Services Program Chair. “The core factors are a deep desire to help others, an ability to really listen and the will to facilitate change.”

According to CSHSE, the accreditation process is designed to assist programs in self-study evaluation and continual improvement in order to produce innovative approaches to the preparation of human service practitioners at all levels.

ATU-Ozark human services graduates complete training as mandated reporters for the state of Arkansas. The human services program at ATU-Ozark was established in 2012.

To learn more, contact the ATU-Ozark Office of Student Services at (479) 667-2117.

Extra Session About Concealed Carry Added

Thomas W. Pennington, associate vice president, counsel to the president and professor of legal studies at Arkansas Tech University, will offer presentations at ATU in Russellville and Ozark on the topic of concealed carry of a handgun on campus this week.

There will be a Russellville campus session beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Rothwell Hall room 138. A session for the Ozark campus will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Student Services Conference Center. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendance is open to all ATU faculty, staff and students.

Due to the level of interest in the information, a third session has been added to the schedule. It will begin at noon on Friday, Nov. 10, in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300.

The sessions will provide a general overview of the laws addressing concealed carry on campus as well as a discussion of the proposed changes by the Arkansas State Police to the Arkansas concealed handgun carry license rules. These proposed rule changes address, among other things, the enhanced training that will be required of concealed handgun license holders who wish to be able to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

The proposed rule changes by the Arkansas State Police are subject to a notice and comment period. All interested person are invited to present their written comments on the proposed rules by submitting them to Mary Claire McLaurin of the Arkansas State Police. These comments may be sent by email to mary.claire.mclaurin@asp.arkansas.gov or via U.S. mail to the Arkansas State Police Department, 1 State Police Plaza Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72209.

A copy of the proposed rule changes can be reviewed on the Arkansas State Police website located at: http://www.asp.Arkansas.gov and clicking on the publications icon. Written opinions and comments will be considered by the Arkansas State Police if received at the above address by 4 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2017.

ATU-Ozark Veterans Day Lunch Thursday

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will host a Veterans Day luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Student Services Conference Center room 117.

The event, which is sponsored by the ATU-Ozark Office of Financial Aid and ATU-Ozark Student Government Association, is open to all veterans as well as all ATU-Ozark students, faculty and staff.

Master Sergeant Eric Martin of the Arkansas Air National Guard 188th Wing will speak at the luncheon.

ATCC students attend manufacturing day

 

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark campus recently organized a Manufacturing Day event to coincide with National Manufacturing Day, which is held annually in October. Arkansas was home to twenty Manufacturing Day events across the state. The event allows manufacturers to open their doors, show off career opportunities, and highlight the skill needs of its future workforce.  It is a chance for these industries to connect with students, educational providers, and the community to discuss everything from the impact of manufacturing in the region, perceptions of manufacturing, and the need for highly trained, technical skills.

The event was held on October 18th, and ATU-Ozark partnered with Rockline Industries and Bridgestone Americas Tube Business, both in Russellville, along with the Russellville Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development, and the ATU Russellville campus to make the event a success. Almost 40 students from the Automation Technology program of the Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville and its ATCC satellite in Paris took part in the day.

The students started out at Rockline Industries where they heard from General Manager Mark Clarke on the company’s products, impact, and production processes. Students toured the facility and were able to see an advanced manufacturing environment with robotics, programmable logic controllers, along with the highly skilled workforce that make their machines run efficiently. Each job and its duties were listed along with the educational requirements, and students were able to hear from various employees about the importance of everything from safety to quality. “It was exciting to see the level of interest that the ATCC students had in learning about manufacturing at Rockline Industries.   The more opportunities that we can provide as a manufacturing community to expose students to careers in manufacturing – the brighter the outlook will be for businesses in the River Valley to continue to be competitive manufacturing products for global markets,” said Clarke.

Rockline then gathered all of its employees along with the students for a lunch where they heard from local leaders on the importance of manufacturing to the economy. Paul Harvel, President and CEO of the Russellville Chamber and Arkansas Valley Alliance along with Randy Horton, Mayor of Russellville, spoke to the students about their support of manufacturing as a strong regional impact, and the importance of getting young people interested in these jobs.

Students then spent the afternoon at Bridgestone Americas Tube Business, where they heard from General Manager Scott Gateley and Engineering Manager Rick Smith. Students were able to see a detailed viewing of how Bridgestone make its tubes from raw material to finished product. They also learned how Bridgestone has been able to succeed in an environment where overseas competition has grown tremendously in the manufacturing of their product. Bridgestone has been a staple in the Russellville economy for over 50 years and knows the value of having access to a skilled workforce

Justin Smith, Chief Business and Community Outreach Officer for ATU-Ozark who organized the day, said of the event “We are very glad to see manufacturers like Rockline and Bridgestone open their doors to these students and show us what opportunities exist behind their walls. Companies like these are drivers of the local economy and their willingness to share their skill needs can only help us as an education provider to better service them with students and training.

For more about manufacturing day you may visit, http://www.mfgday.com/. For more information about the ATCC, visit www.atu.edu/careercenter.

Update on Concealed Handgun Carry Nov. 9

Thomas W. Pennington, associate vice president, counsel to the president and professor of legal studies at Arkansas Tech University, will offer presentations at ATU in Russellville and Ozark on the topic of concealed carry of a handgun on campus on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The Russellville campus session will begin at 3 p.m. in Rothwell Hall room 138. A session for the Ozark campus will begin at 9 a.m. in the Student Services Conference Center. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendance is open to all ATU faculty, staff and students.

The sessions will provide a general overview of the laws addressing concealed carry on campus as well as a discussion of the proposed changes by the Arkansas State Police to the Arkansas concealed handgun carry license rules. These proposed rule changes address, among other things, the enhanced training that will be required of concealed handgun license holders who wish to be able to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

The proposed rule changes by the Arkansas State Police are subject to a notice and comment period. All interested person are invited to present their written comments on the proposed rules by submitting them to Mary Claire McLaurin of the Arkansas State Police. These comments may be sent by email to mary.claire.mclaurin@asp.arkansas.gov or via U.S. mail to the Arkansas State Police Department, 1 State Police Plaza Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72209.

A copy of the proposed rule changes can be reviewed on the Arkansas State Police website located at: http://www.asp.Arkansas.gov and clicking on the publications icon. Written opinions and comments will be considered by the Arkansas State Police if received at the above address by 4 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2017.