Archives for July 2015

Digging into Agriculture

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Agriculture offers several degrees for students interested in the field.

Complete with a variety of experiences and varied career opportunities, students in the field have numerous options available in the agriculture program.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture.

ATBI Releases Ratings for May 2015

May 2015 was a good month for the Northwest Arkansas economy according to the latest data from the Arkansas Tech Business Index, a project created by the Arkansas Tech University College of Business and sponsored by Arvest Bank.

The top four spots on the ATBI for May 2015 belong to Bentonville (1st, 107.26), Rogers (2nd, 105.98), Fayetteville (3rd, 105.57) and Springdale (4th, 105.06).

Economic growth was not limited to the northwest corner of the state in May 2015. Of the 18 municipalities on the ATBI, 16 saw an increase in their rating during the fifth month of the year.

Bentonville returns to the top of the index for the first time since February 2014. Of the 17 monthly releases of the ATBI since it was established in January 2014, Fort Smith (12 times), Bentonville (three times) and Fayetteville (two times) are the only cities to hold the No. 1 position.

Fort Smith was atop the index for five consecutive months from December 2014-April 2015 before slipping to fifth place in May 2015 with a rating of 103.21.

The Arkansas Tech Business Index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity around the Natural State. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index. The index is based around 100. A city rating above 100 indicates that the city is currently doing better than the state average from 2009 to the present.

In addition to the top five cities on the index, Conway (6th, 101.41), Mountain Home (7th, 101.04), Hot Springs (8th, 100.76) and Van Buren (9th, 100.25) have an ATBI rating greater than 100 for May 2015.

Russellville (10th, 99.95), Jonesboro (11th, 98.71), Searcy (12th, 98.10), West Memphis (13th, 97.71), Texarkana (14th, 97.25), El Dorado (15th, 96.76), North Little Rock (16th, 96.33), Pine Bluff (17th, 95.19) and Little Rock (18th, 93.32) complete the May 2015 ATBI.

Visit to access the data used to develop the ATBI.

Withdraw Deadline Approaching for Summer II

Friday is the last day Arkansas Tech University students may withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit for full-term summer II semester courses.

Students wishing to withdraw should bring a completed add/drop form to the Office of the Registrar no later than 5 p.m. on Friday to change their class schedule.

Withdrawal and audit dates may be different for courses with beginning and/or ending dates different from the full-term. Withdrawal dates for these classes are available at

The Office of the Registrar recommends that students who have withdrawn from classes during the semester check their class schedule to verify they are not enrolled. Students may view their class schedule at


Career Center Open House Aug. 7

The Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC) in Russellville will host an open house Friday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located behind the Russellville High School at 2201 S. Knoxville Ave., ATCC is one of the largest secondary career and technical centers in Arkansas, drawing its 500-plus student enrollment from 11 area high schools in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties.

Director Pat Edmunds said, “The open house is the perfect time for incoming students and their families – as well as those interested in future enrollment – to meet our instructors, see the classrooms and discuss college credit opportunities.”

The Career Center is an extension of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus. Because of the partnership between ATCC and Arkansas Tech-Ozark, participating high school students can receive concurrent college credit for classes taken.

The following programs are offered at ATCC:

  • Automotive Service Technology;
  • Computer Engineering/Computer Information Systems;
  • Construction Technology;
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement;
  • Culinary Arts;
  • Cosmetology;
  • Drafting Technology/Engineering and Architecture;
  • Health Science Technology;
  • Welding Technology.

Participating schools include Russellville, Dover, Pottsville, Hector, Atkins, Dardanelle, Danville, Two Rivers, Western Yell County, Lamar and Clarksville high schools.

For more information, including program descriptions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the ATCC website,

Tax-Free Weekend Aug. 1-2

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students may take advantage of the statewide sales tax-free weekend by shopping for books and other school supplies Aug. 1-2.

The Arkansas Tech-Ozark Bookstore will be open Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m.-noon and Sunday, Aug. 2, from 1-4 p.m.

Additional items on sale will include Tech apparel, backpacks and school supplies. All clothing will 20 percent off, excluding clearance items. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted; however, items may not be charged toward a student’s financial aid.

Certain items have price limits. For more information, visit or contact Bookstore Manager Mitzi Reano at (479) 508-3337.