Become a Certified Nursing Assistant This Summer through ATU Ozark

Looking to break into the health industry? This summer, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is offering a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course.

The course will run June 6 through July 7 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Ozark.

“There is a growing need for CNAs in the healthcare industry,” Chief Student Officer Richard Harris said. “This course will help to address that need in a timely manner.”

To register for these courses, or for more information, contact the Office of Student Services at (479) 667-2117 or visit www.atu.edu/ozark.

ATU Ozark Campus to Close on Thursday

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will be closed on Thursday, May 10 to prepare for graduation that evening.

The Campus will resume normal business hours on Friday, May 12 at 8 a.m. For more information please call (479) 667-2117.

ATU to Offer BAS degree in Response to Industry Requests

Arkansas Tech University will offer a new opportunity this fall for those who have completed an Associate of Applied Science degree to take the next step in their education. The need for the degree was recognized after a fall 2016 survey of 32 Arkansas industrial, manufacturing and technical companies.

Through that survey, employers identified 40 individual positions which would benefit from having access to a bachelor’s degree or currently require a bachelor’s degree. Representative positions included front line supervisors, plant manager, human resources, sales manager, production manager, farm manager, project manager, maintenance manager, fleet supervisor, team leaders, platform leaders and buyers.

An additional survey cited in the letter of notification found that 83.7 percent of ATU-Ozark Campus students would be interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree online if it provided a seamless transition from the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Associate of Applied Science graduates entering the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program may transfer 54 hours of credits. Students will complete an additional 66 hours in pursuit of the bachelor’s degree, including 26 hours of required general education courses and 40 hours of upper-division hours.

“The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree provides students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in any discipline a seamless transition to the online B.A.S. degree,” wrote Dr. Jeff Aulgur, head of the Department of Professional Studies, in the letter of notification. “This stackable education sequence enhances an individual’s academic qualifications and increases potential career upward mobility.”

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) approved a letter of notification stating Arkansas Tech’s intention to offer an online Bachelor of Applied Science degree beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, vice president for academic affairs at ATU, wrote in a memorandum presented to the ATU Board of Trustees that the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program will allow students to “gain skills identified as being essential by many employers,” including communication, writing, strategic thinking, leadership and organizational skills.

Individuals seeking more information about the online ATU Bachelor of Applied Science degree may call (479) 968-0318 or send an e-mail to ps@atu.edu.

Free Training on Suicide Prevention at ATU Ozark

With a yearly average of 368 suicides in Arkansas, it has become increasingly important to educate the community about prevention. Arkansas Tech University-Ozark’s Paramedic/EMS program is hosting a free, educational suicide prevention seminar called safeTALK at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 in the Student Services Conference Center.

“Many people suffer from mental illness and it is often those we least expect,” Josh Freeman, Paramedic/EMS Program Director at Arkansas Tech-Ozark said. “Suicide is something that is preventable and with the information you will gain from the safeTALK course you will be able to recognize the subtle signs for help. Recognition of the problem and offering resources may save the life of someone you know.”

Why attend safeTALK?
It can be life-saving. Anyone can experience thoughts of suicide. By connecting friends, family members, colleagues, and students with helping resources, safeTALK participants save lives in their communities.

It is simple, yet effective. SafeTALK uses the easy-to-follow TALK steps—Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe—and includes time to practice them so the knowledge is retained.

It is engaging. SafeTALK is a dynamic training that incorporates presentations and audiovisuals. It invites participants to become more alert to the possibility of suicide and how to prevent it.

It is trusted. More than 50,000 people attend safeTALK each year. SafeTALK is used in over 20 countries worldwide, and many communities, organizations, and agencies have made it a core training program.

It has been proven to be effective. Studies show that safeTALK participants feel more confident asking people about suicide, connecting them with life-saving resources, and keeping them safe until those resources can take over.

The seminar is provided by the Arkansas Department of Health. To register, email cindy.jones@arkansas.gov. Community members are encouraged to attend.

Day of Giving scheduled for May 4

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is encouraging faculty, staff and students to participate in the Day of Giving to Literacy this Thursday.

Mayor T.R. Mc Nutt signed a Proclamation last month that officially made Thursday, May 4, 2017, is “A Day of Giving to Literacy.”

Donation boxes will be placed around the ATU Ozark Campus (in the library, Student Services, Chancellor’s Office, Health Sciences and Wellness Building and Academic Affairs) and at local businesses. All proceeds will go to the River Valley Literacy Council.

All ATU Ozark faculty and staff members who donate $5 or more to the Literacy Council on Thursday will be allowed to wear jeans and a Tech shirt that day.

Donations can also be made online via the event’s gofundme page.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus houses the River Valley Literacy Council. The program is in constant need of workbooks and testing supplies. These events help to ensure that the program can continue to help local students.

If you know of someone that could benefit from the River Valley Literacy Council, please call (479) 667-2868.

Photo: (From Left) Ginger Powell, Director of the River Valley Literacy Council; Regina Olson, Director of Adult Education ATU Ozark; Mike Murders, Chief Academic Officer at ATU Ozark; and sitting: Mayor T.R. McNutt.