Governor Mike Beebe today continued his commitment to strengthening Arkansas’ economy and education. He stopped at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus this morning to meet with campus officials, tour the campus and learn more about the programs of study.
Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, chancellor, and Dr. Robert C. Brown, president of Arkansas Tech, gave Governor Beebe a tour of the Ozark campus, highlighting such accomplishments as a 400% increase enrollment since 2003, investment in campus infrastructure and the addition of flagship technical programs such as Physical Therapist Assistant and Viticulture and Enology.
As Dr. Blondin remarked, “The training students receive on our campus not only transforms their lives through job attainment, but the students’ investment is the state’s gain. Our students become tax payers in Arkansas, and we want this educated workforce to stay in Arkansas to attract more industry.”
While on the campus, Beebe also had the opportunity to tour the Alvin Vest Student Union. Renovations on the student union will begin in the next few weeks, and upon completion, the facility will house the library, a computer lab, bookstore, a food service area and an informal gathering space for students.