ATU-Ozark Hosts Advisory Board Meeting

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus hosted the fall 2018 meeting of the ATU-Ozark Advisory Board in October.

Local industry leaders met with ATU-Ozark faculty and staff members to discuss current industry trends and standards. Board members were greeted with a dinner hosted by ATU-Ozark followed by a brief presentation on the campus before visiting various locations on campus related to their field.

Advisory board members are represented across six counties in numerous industries, including cosmetology, law enforcement, welding technology, business technology/banking and more.

Each program advisory committee advises the faculty, staff and administration on curriculum, equipment, instructional materials, safety requirement, program evaluation and other related matters in order to verify that the programs meet industry standards.

The volunteer advisory committees support the numerous programs at ATU-Ozark and serve as assets for the institution’s ability to fulfill its mission to serve students with quality education and learning.

“Advisory Board members deserve both our appreciation and recognition for their participation, dedication, and contributions of time, knowledge and energy to provide a rich educational experience which will prepare them to better compete in business and industry,” said Dr. Michael R. Murders, chief academic officer at ATU-Ozark. “We sincerely thank each and every industry partner and individual who continues to support ATU-Ozark and encourage students to be the industry leaders of the future.”

Literacy Council Open House Oct. 23

The River Valley Literacy Council will host an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5-7 p.m. at its new location at 209 Cedar Street in Dardanelle.

Headquartered at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, the River Valley Literacy Council came into being in September 2017 as a result of the merging of the literacy councils in Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope and Yell counties.

The purpose of the River Valley Literacy Council is to provide free, quality instruction and support to literacy seeking adults. Use of the new location was donated to the River Valley Literacy Council by the Dardanelle School Board and is housed in the former parents’ and teachers’ resource center.

Teaching within the council is accomplished through one-on-one tutoring and small group tutoring. Tutors help students with basic reading and writing skills, passing their GEDs, citizenship tests and more. All instruction and services are free of charge.

The public is invited to meet the new director, Meredith Martin-Moats, visit with tutors, meet students and the board as well as learn more about how the River Valley Literacy Council serves local communities during the open house. Refreshments will be served.

“We are so excited about our new location,” said Martin-Moats. “We are so grateful for this space and can’t wait to grow our services in the community.”

For more information, to request a tutor, to become a tutor or to make a donation to the council, call (479) 477-3910 or send e-mail to

Grant Funds to Assist GED Students

The Petit Jean Regional Foundation awarded the Booneville and Paris adult education programs operated by Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus $480 to assist students with their General Educational Development (GED) test fees.

The Petit Jean Regional Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to assist the needs of Logan County residents.

Regina Olson, ATU-Ozark adult education director, worked with local residents Vanessa Wyrick and Robert Herrera to secure the funds needed to sustain the program for up to two years.

“Although our classes are always free, the GED has a cost associated with the test,” said Olson. “Generous donations from organizations such as the Petit Jean Regional Foundation provide relief for Logan County residents and allow all enrolled students of the adult education program to earn their Arkansas high school diploma free of charge. Having access to education is vitally important for our community and our local workforce. We hope that those in need of a GED in Logan County will take advantage of this program and the other free resources that we provide to improve their life and work situations.”

In addition to GED classes, adult education offers free classes to assist students with improving their basic skills in reading, math and language and competency in the English language with an integration of digital and financial literacy skills improvement to prepare students to enter postsecondary training and/or employment. Certification programs include GED, WAGE, pre-apprenticeship in industrial manufacturing and Microsoft Office certifications. Students can enroll in classes at any time by contacting their local center.

To learn more about services offered and hours of operation, or to schedule a free GED test, contact the Booneville Adult Education Center, 2932 E. State Highway 10, (479) 675-4326; or the Paris Adult Education Center, 2008 E. Wood Street, (844) 963-3243 ext. 5111.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Robert Herrera, market president, First Western Bank of Booneville, and vice chair, Petit Jean Regional Foundation; Debbie Danekas, vice president/human resources administrator, First Western Bank of Booneville; Christy McCollough, Booneville adult education instructor; James Anderson, Paris adult education instructor; and Regina Olson ATU-Ozark adult education director.

Practical Nursing, Paramedic Deadline Oct. 1

Fall 2018 applications for the practical nursing and paramedic programs at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus are due by Monday, Oct. 1.

The requirement of Human Anatomical Structure II (HSCI 1243) completion has been amended for Spring 2019 applicants only. Students applying for the practical nursing program will be able to apply and be conditionally admitted even if they have not completed Human Anatomical Structures II, an equivalent, or higher level course – with the condition that the student takes the course during the first semester of the Practical Nursing Program.

Program requirements and a link to the application for the respective programs can be found by clicking one the links below.

Practical nursing application:

Paramedic application:

For more information about the application process, contact Sharyl Moffit at (479) 508-8500 ext. 6105 or

ATU-Ozark Students Earn Rotary Scholarships

Six Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students recently received scholarships from the Altus Sunset Rotary Club.

Recipients were Kara Roach of Coal Hill, health information technician program; Caitlyn Loftis of Fort Smith, practical nursing; Marcus Watson of Paris, computer information systems; Gunner Medrano of Rudy, automotive service technology; Pantao Xiong of Van Buren, computer information systems; and Kimberly Hudson of Clarksville, human services.

Each student was nominated by one of their instructors and received a $500 scholarship. They had to demonstrate “Service Above Self,” community/campus involvement, a true financial need and completion of at least 30 hours of coursework.

The scholarship funds came primarily through a Rotary district grant. The Altus Sunset Rotary also raised funds by hosting a concert featuring Heath Sanders and Leah Henry during The DeVine Evening in the Vineyard, working the Backwoods Festival and participating in Bargains Galore on 64. Area high school juniors also benefited from the grant and fundraisers and were able to receive scholarships to attend the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).

Photographed (from left): Rotary Assistant District Governor Bob Shingledecker, ATU-Ozark instructor Bobby Sewell, Pantao Xiong, Gunner Medrano, Marcus Watson, Kara Roach, Kimberly Hudson and ATU-Ozark instructor/Altus Sunset Rotary member Lynn Washington; Not pictured is Caitlyn Loftis.