ATU-Ozark Annual Awards Announced

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students and faculty received end-of-year awards during spring 2018 commencement ceremonies at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, May 10.

Tara Gould of Knoxville won the 40th annual Bob Adams Student Award, which is based on academic performance, involvement in school and community affairs and evaluations by classmates, instructors and the Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus Student Government Association.

Jacob Veach of Fort Smith received the ATU-Ozark Campus Spirit Award. The award is presented annually to a student who exhibits a dedication to learning, a commitment to the promotion of ATU-Ozark and an interest in the welfare of other students.

Brenda Huntsinger and Tammy Verkamp are the 2018 Faculty Award of Excellence winners at ATU-Ozark.

Huntsinger, workforce education instructor in health information technology, was recognized in the teaching category. Verkamp, workforce education instructor in English, was honored in the service category.

Linda Clifton was announced as the winner of the ATU-Ozark Staff Senate Professional Excellence Award. She serves as associate director of advising and retention.

ATU-Ozark Celebrates Commencement 2018

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus conferred more than 300 degrees during its spring 2018 commencement ceremony at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, May 10.

2018 Spring Commencement: Ozark | 5/11/18

ATCC Receives Automotive Grant Funds

Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC) is one of 11 educational outlets in the Natural State that shared in $150,000 in education and training grant funds for 2018 announced by the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission.

According to a news release from the commission, the funds are intended to “provide funds for education and technical training in the field of vehicle service and maintenance in an effort to increase the available workforce of service technicians.”

Automotive service technology is part of the curriculum at ATCC.

The education and training grant program was created by Act 258 of 2015. Since the program began, it has awarded approximately $450,000 to 22 secondary and post-secondary institutions of learning.

Learn more about ATCC.

Bank of the Ozarks Announces New Program

Bank of the Ozarks, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and the Ozark School District will soon begin an educational partnership that will allow high school students to obtain concurrent college credit while gaining a career pathway in the banking industry.

Facilitated through Bank of the Ozarks’ Kennith Smith Operations Center, the partnership’s training program will offer business banking courses at the junior and senior level at Ozark High School. Students completing the program can earn up to 12 hours of college credit through ATU-Ozark Campus.

Participants will gain entry-level banking operations skills relevant to the occupational skills required at Bank of the Ozarks’ Operations Center.

“This program truly represents a progressive partnership with our local public school, a higher education entity and a work training component which is necessary to supply and support the staffing of a major local industry as the Bank of the Ozarks,” said ATU-Ozark Chancellor Bruce Sikes. “We are appreciative of the leadership of Bank of the Ozarks, the Ozark Public Schools and Dr. Mike Murders, ATU-Ozark chief academic officer, for designing an innovative pathway to local, high-demand jobs.”

Students who complete the program’s banking courses during the junior and/or senior year may then enter into the summer training phase at Bank of the Ozarks’ Operations Center in Ozark. The summer program consists of approximately eight weeks of paid training.

Graduates of the training program may continue on the pathway by earning a two-year degree through ATU-Ozark and a four-year degree through Arkansas Tech University’s Russellville location.

“The partnership’s program provides up-to-date industry training and encourages high school students to consider a career in banking,” said Murders. “The program also serves to assist students in their pursuit of a college degree, lowering their cost to attend. We extend our sincere appreciation to our partners at Bank of the Ozarks and to Ozark Principal Jordan Price for making this remarkable opportunity available to students in our community.”

Final Exams May 1-8 at ATU-Ozark

Final examinations for the spring 2018 semester at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will begin on Tuesday, May 1, and continue through Tuesday, May 8.

Access the complete final exams schedule for spring 2018.