ATU Trustees Tour Arkansas Tech Career Center

ATCC Tour 2-5-2024
Members of the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees learn about the automotive service technology program at Arkansas Tech Career Center.

Arkansas Tech Career Center hosted a campus tour for members of the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Chairman Len Cotton of Dardanelle, Vice Chairman Bill Clary of Conway, Secretary Michael Lamoureux of Russellville, Stephanie Duffield of Russellville and Jim Smith of Fayetteville learned about all 10 academic programs offered through Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC) as well as how those programs prepare high school students for the workforce and further education.

Trustees observed the learning environments for students specializing in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, welding, automotive service technology and construction technology. ATCC also offers programs in automation systems technologies, certified nursing assistant, computer engineering/computer information systems, criminal Justice/law enforcement, culinary arts and health science technology.

In 2022-23, out of 27 secondary career centers in Arkansas, ATCC was No. 2 in the state for both the number of certificates of proficiency (335) earned in one year and the number of college credit hours earned (4,489).

ATCC, which serves more than 800 high school students, is headquartered in Russellville with satellite locations throughout the Arkansas River Valley. According to the ATCC website, Arkansas Tech Career Center programs lead to “high skill, high demand jobs, striving to help build a well-prepared workforce that supports economic development across the (Arkansas) River Valley Region.”

Hayden Darr, ATCC academic counselor, and Dr. Sheila Jacobs, ATU-Ozark interim chancellor and chief academic officer, led the trustees’ tour. They were joined by Dr. Russell Jones, ATU interim president, and Eric Walker, ATU legal counsel.

For more information about ATCC, call (479) 968-5422 or visit