ATU-Ozark, Green Bay Packaging Offer PLC 3 Training

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Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Green Bay Packaging have coordinated to provide an Advanced Programmable Logic Controller Level 3 (PLC 3) training course that serves a need for industry in the region.

“Advanced PLC training is essential for equipping our workforce with the skills necessary to thrive in modern, automated industries,” said Dr. Sheila Jacobs, ATU-Ozark chancellor. “Through ATU-Ozark’s partnership with Green Bay Packaging, we play a vital role in technological advancements and operational efficiency in the workplace.”

Nine of the 10 seats in the training were already filled as of Monday, June 24. Participants will represent ATU-Ozark industry partners Americold Logistics Russellville, MAHLE Engine Components, Pruitt Tool, River Valley Ingredients, SFA Fabrication, Taber Extrusions, VIRCO Manufacturing and Westrock.

“This broad representation highlights the cross-sector demand for advanced technical skills and the crucial role of ongoing education in workforce development,” said Jacobs. “I am very proud that ATU-Ozark Campus and Green Bay Packaging are working together to respond to this high industry need. This initiative advances workforce development and aligns with the missions of both Green Bay Packaging and ATU-Ozark to provide essential training and community service.”

The training course was developed in response to feedback gained in an industry survey.

“I am grateful for Green Bay Packaging and their partnership,” said Ryan Mikles, ATU-Ozark vice chancellor for business innovation and economic development. “We are committed to being responsive to the needs and feedback of our industry partners to ensure we provide relevant and impactful training. Launching the PLC 3 training course is a significant step toward fulfilling ATU-Ozark’s mission of fostering economic development and providing advanced educational opportunities. By closely collaborating with industry partners, ATU-Ozark continues to ensure that its programs are aligned with the current and future needs of the workforce.”

ATU-Ozark and Green Bay Packaging were the 2020 recipients of the National Council for Workforce Education Noncredit Exemplary Program Award in recognition of their collaborative efforts to forward the cause of workforce development.

“This addition to the training program utilizing Allen Bradley Trainers is a testament to the power of mission alignment and collaboration between education and industry,” said Lisa Greene, manager of quality and training at Green Bay Packaging.

Learn more about ATU-Ozark’s efforts to meet the needs of local industries at