Governor to attend dedication of Tyson Foods Logan County Career Center Jan. 22

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will host a dedication ceremony for the Tyson Foods Logan County Career Center at 2008 Wood Street in Paris at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.

The Tyson Foundation provided a $266,600 grant to assist in the construction of the new educational facility.  The building will serve as an Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC) satellite location in Paris.

The state of the art facility will allow Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus to provide courses in automation technology, allied health and adult education in the Paris community. A $644,034 regional workforce grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education allowed ATU-Ozark to purchase equipment needed for each program.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark Chancellor Bruce Sikes stated, “The establishment of the Tyson Foods Logan County Career Center will provide students and employers with educational access to relevant industry training in the high demand fields of automation and allied health. We plan on serving entry-level secondary students from the area schools as well as adult learners in need of job training opportunities. Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus appreciates the public and private efforts of the Paris Public Schools, the city of Paris, Tyson Foods, the Economic Development Administration, local and state officials and the leadership of our Governor. Arkansas Tech University is committed to providing the communities it serves with educational programming in support of economic initiatives.” 

Scheduled speakers for the dedication include: Governor Asa Hutchinson; Mr. Wayne Fawcett, Superintendent, Paris School District; Dr. Lee Lane, Paris Economic Development; Mr. Jorge D. Ayala, Regional Director, Economic Development Administration; Ms. Tonya Baumgartner, Director, Paris Chamber of Commerce; Mike Rogers, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Dr. Robin E. Bowen, President, Arkansas Tech University; Senator Gary Stubblefield; Representative Jon Eubanks; and Bruce Sikes, Chancellor, Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus.

The ATCC satellite at Paris enables access to credit-bearing credential, certificate and degree attainments offered through Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus. The classes will provide high school students with concurrent college credit at no charge. Adult learners will also have the opportunity to take both GED coursework and industry training classes as a result of the new facility.

The ATCC location in Paris serves high school students from Scranton, Magazine and Paris. For the current semester, there are approximately 58 students enrolled through ATCC.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark Inclement Weather Policy

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is encouraging all students, faculty and staff to review the university inclement weather policy.

In the event of inclement weather, Arkansas Tech-Ozark may be unable to operate its normal schedule. The inclement weather policy details procedures that will be used to notify university personnel and students should the campus be unable to operate due to current weather conditions.

In the event inclement weather, Arkansas Tech University’s President’s Office will determine whether to close campus or enact the inclement weather policy. A decision regarding inclement weather will be announced before 6:30 a.m. if at all possible.

Additionally, in the event the university chooses to close, all university offices will be closed, and classes will be cancelled. When daytime classes are cancelled, night classes are also cancelled.

Some parts of the region experience inclement weather when the immediate Arkansas Tech-Ozark area does not. Even though campus may not be closed in these instances, all faculty, staff and students are advised to use their judgment in determining if the roads are safe to travel.

Arkansas Tech University will notify students and university personnel of inclement weather operations using several local media.

Additionally, all inclement weather closings or delays will be posted on,, the university Facebook page and the university Twitter account. Notifications will also be sent through the RAVE notification system.

See the complete inclement weather policy.

GED Graduation December 2017

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Adult and Continuing Education department held a graduation ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 12, for recipients of the General Education Development (GED®) certificate in Franklin, Logan and Johnson counties.

The event was held in the Student Services Conference Center at Arkansas Tech-Ozark.
Jim Rofkahr, Plant Manager, Tyson Animal Foods, and sitting Board of Advisor member for the Ozark Campus, gave the commencement speech. Rofkahr, a former GED® recipient, congratulated students on their achievements and encouraged them to continue their education beyond adult education.

Adult and Continuing Education Director Regina Olson said she is proud of all the graduates and hopes they inspire others who have not yet earned a GED® to do so. “Adult education can be the first step toward a new life,” she said.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark has adult education centers in Booneville, Charleston, Clarksville, Ozark and Paris. Along with its GED® program, the centers also teaches English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and workplace classes, as well as basic skills reviews for those in need of upgrading skills to enter higher education, the military or workforce.

Students may also take advantage of the free WAGE™ program and earn credentials in areas such as employability, customer services I and II, office technology, bank teller and industrial.

For more information or to enroll in classes, call (479) 667-3520 or visit

Graduates: David Alford, Tyler Allred,* Shayanna Baxter, Ehren Bocksnick, Alex Brewer, Colby Brewer, Malik Brown, Jacob Campbell, Hayden Chambers, Guillermo Chavez,* Jason Downs, Shady Downs, Caibrae Fowler, Amara Garland, James Garrett, Juan Gomez, Michael Green,* Victoria Green,* Kianna Harris, Lucas Hartz, Peaches Hice,* Christopher Jackson, Kourtney Jones, Kayla Lambert, Malachi Lawrence, Camaron Mason,* Daphne Mattson, Selena Mayfield, Andra McClanahan, Sasha McKee, Raven Mickens, Dillan Nichols, Kevin Parker, Amie Perkins, Tristan Philyaw, Mary Primm, Alan Pyron, Johnathan Raya, Brittany Reynolds, Garret Richardson, Jason Russel,l Sarah Schmoker, Gabe Smith, Kaitlyn Snowman,* Hannah Stanton,* Donnie Thompson, Dylan Thronebury, Kenton Turner, Charles Whidden, Brandy Wise, and Raven Young*
* Notes that these graduates achieved college ready in one or more subjects.

Welding Students Redesign Jeep

Left to right: Bruce Albee, CJ Danekas, Robert White, Alex Hickey, Gina Fox, Harrison Newheart, Trent Howard, Bobby Campbell. Not pictured, Colby Holzman.

While most schools focus only on welding in the booth and certifications, ATU specializes in fabricating. All students pictured obtained their welding certifications within their first two semesters, so their instructor, CJ Danekas, had to be creative. He decided the jeep was the perfect challenge for them to work on.
The jeep was delivered early June for the Summer term. They cut the jeep in half and a new rear half cage was fabricated, tying into the existing frame. All panels were hand cut by the students themselves and welded in place. “There are not many schools in the state whose students can successfully redesign the frame of a vehicle,” stated instructor CJ Danekas.
This is just one example of ATU-Ozark students exceeding expectations. Great work!

For more information about Welding Technology at ATU-Ozark, contact (479) 508-3312

Fall 2017 Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony Held

Class of fall 2017: 1st L-R: Sonya Parks, Regina Mikel, Candace Wakefield, Mary Eke 2nd L-R: Brooke Johnson, Stephanie Beck, Felicia Buckner, Heather Barenberg 3rd L-R: Briana Scaggs, Miranda Scowden, David Hamilton, Ben Nix 4th L-R: Autumn Rogers, Celia Howell, Sarah Nehus, Jennifer Stout
Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus held its pinning ceremony Thursday, Dec. 14, for fall 2017 graduates of the practical nursing program.
The following students were recognized during the ceremony with special awards voted on by their peers: Stephanie Beck, Brooke Johnson, and Celia Howell
Awards also were given to health care professionals who have worked with the students during their clinical training: Adele Berry, Registered Nurse of the Year; Jessica Pruitt, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year.