Dr. Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE), has notified Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus that it will receive a $1 million regional workforce grant for the renovation of the ATU-Ozark industrial control systems building.
Constructed in 1976, the facility provides 6,000 square feet of space for academic programs in automation, industrial electronics and computer information technology.
“These are in-demand, STEM programs that lead directly to rewarding careers and fulfill a market need for employees with these skills,” said Bruce Sikes, ATU-Ozark chancellor. “Current lab and instructional spaces supporting automation instruction are limited in student spaces and are not congruent nor representative of the 21st century manufacturing environments of today. We are grateful for ADHE’s consideration of ATU-Ozark Campus and this high-priority project.”
The funding will allow ATU-Ozark to renovate interior spaces specific to program demand and update utilities, lighting and air systems. In addition, the project will provide state of the art automation lab space, relieve flooding issues, provide appropriate handicap accessibility, meet restroom standards, update power needs and restore the roof structure at the ATU-Ozark industrial control systems building.
Learn about career education opportunities available at ATU-Ozark Campus by visiting www.atu.edu/ozark.