ATCC Celebrates Opening of New Lab

Arkansas Tech Career Center dedicated its new automation technology lab with a ceremony attended by ATCC administrators, Arkansas Tech University leaders, faculty, staff, students, community supporters and workforce partners on Thursday, Sept. 21.

ATCC is located behind Russellville High School. It is operated by Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus.

Attendees were given an opportunity to tour the lab. Chef Amanda Jones and her students in the culinary arts program at the career center prepared refreshments for attendees.

Speakers included Pat Edmunds, director, Arkansas Tech Career Center; Bruce Sikes, chancellor, Arkansas Tech-Ozark; and Leigh Burns Whiteside, chair, Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.

After receiving a $667,000 regional workforce grant, ATU-Ozark moved forward with its program development in automation systems technology. The program will help develop industry-focused career paths that align with workforce objectives set by local workforce development boards.

“Automation, and its supporting systems, is an identified career field sector which plays an important role in the economic opportunities available in our River Valley region,” said Sikes. “This automation lab is Arkansas Tech University, Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus, and Arkansas Tech Career Center’s response in meeting these identified skills…supporting the entry level training required of our current and future industries in manufacturing.”

ATCC houses nine programs — automation systems technologies, automotive service technology, computer engineering, construction technology, criminal justice/law enforcement, culinary arts, cosmetology, health science technology, metal fabrication and logistics management.

The ATCC location in Russellville serves high school students from Atkins, Clarksville, Danville, Dardanelle, Dover, Hector, Lamar, Pottsville, Russellville, Western Yell County and Two Rivers.

For the current semester, there are approximately 760 students enrolled through ATCC.

Learn more about Arkansas Tech Career Center.

ATCC Automation Technology Lab Dedication | 9/21/17

Campus Master Planning Meeting Scheduled

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as friends of the institution are invited to attend an ATU campus planning meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Student Services Conference Center at ATU-Ozark.

The presentation will include a draft of the ATU campus master plan, the vision for the next 10-to-20 years and priorities for implementation.

Topics will include teaching spaces, facilities, mobility, campus character, landscape, resiliency and sustainability.

The ATU campus master plan is a comprehensive effort that includes the ATU campuses in Russellville and Ozark, Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville and Lake Point Conference Center in Russellville.

Visit www.atu.edu/masterplanning for more information.

Dedication for New ATCC Lab Thursday

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will host a dedication ceremony for the Arkansas Tech Career Center’s new automation technology lab in Russellville at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Those in attendance will have an opportunity to tour the lab, which is in the ATCC facility located behind Russellville High School.

After receiving a $667,000 regional workforce grant, ATU-Ozark moved forward with its program development in automation systems technology. The program will help develop industry-focused career paths that align with workforce objectives set by local workforce development boards.

“The Arkansas Tech Career Center is an impactful resource for the River Valley,” said ATU-Ozark Chancellor Bruce Sikes. “We believe that automation technology is a growing industry in our region.”

ATCC houses nine programs — automation systems technologies, automotive service technology, computer engineering, construction technology, criminal justice/law enforcement, culinary arts, cosmetology, health science technology, metal fabrication and logistics management.

The ATCC location in Russellville serves high school students from Atkins, Clarksville, Danville, Dardanelle, Dover, Hector, Lamar, Pottsville, Russellville, Western Yell County and Two Rivers.

For the current semester, there are approximately 760 students enrolled through ATCC.

Learn more about Arkansas Tech Career Center.

Online Tutoring Available for Ozark Students

Maybe this has happened to you – it’s 7:30 at night, you’re doing your math homework, you have a question about it, but there’s no tutor available.

However, during this semester, there will be online math tutoring available Sunday through Thursday nights from 5-9 p.m. courtesy of Russellville campus tutoring services.

In addition to math, online tutoring will also be available for introduction to biological sciences, composition I and II, general psychology and introduction to physical science. Accounting tutoring will also be available, but only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

To connect with a night tutor, call (479) 968-0278 Sunday through Thursday between 5-9 p.m. and make an appointment for on online tutoring session. The tutor will send you a link to Blackboard Collaborate, and the tutoring will be live. For example, if you make an appointment for intermediate algebra tutoring for 7:45 p.m. on a Tuesday, the tutor will work with you at that time. Students must have internet access to take advantage of the online tutoring.

For more information, contact Student Success Coordinator Mike Bogue at (479) 508-3368 or jbogue@atu.edu.

Freeman Named State’s Top EMS Instructor

Arkansas Tech University is proud to announce Paramedic and EMS Program Director, Joshua Freeman, as the Arkansas Emergency Medical Technician Association (AEMTA) 2017 EMS Instructor of the Year.

Freeman was presented with the award during the 2017 AEMTA Conference Aug. 2-6 in Hot Springs.

ATU-Ozark Chancellor Bruce Sikes praised Joshua Freeman, stating that; “he has been a fantastic addition to the university. He brings a unique skill set to our campus as a gifted paramedic, educator, clinical coordinator, and community facilitator.”

During Freeman’s tenure, he has modernized training equipment and the training lab and coordinated the donation of an ambulance to the campus.

Sikes also commended Freeman for his continuous efforts of collaborating with various EMS facilities, education institutions, and the ATU Russellville Emergency Management program, all for the benefit of his students.

“Joshua has an extensive list of accomplishments, including his successful recruiting efforts across the River Valley area and organizing multiple community and university training sessions and seminars,” said Sikes.

Freeman’s mentor and former instructor, KC Jones presented him with the award.

“Without the support of our administration and the faculty that work with me, I wouldn’t be able to do half of what I do,” said Freeman. “What I do for students, is considered part of the job for Arkansas Tech faculty. Serving students and making every student count is not just something we say, it’s something we live every day.”

Freeman also emphasized the importance of the individuals that pass through his program.

“Deciding to become a paramedic is one of the best decisions someone could ever make,” said Freeman. “Our program is a great option if they are looking for that education. Paramedics don’t make the best money, they don’t have the best hours, and they don’t receive enough credit for what they do, but they do impact many lives every single day on the job.”

Arkansas Tech Ozark’s Paramedic and EMS program is designed to meet the educational and training needs of those individuals who wish to gain Arkansas Department of Health Licensure and National Registry of EMT’s Certification as a Paramedic. Career opportunities exist with air and ground emergency medical services, fire departments, medical centers and industry. Since 2013, licensed graduate employment rate has been 100 percent. Paramedic/EMS classes are offered in both Ozark and Russellville.

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