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Lawrence Crowned Ms. UACCM 2022

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Emily Lawrence, 18, of Oppelo was crowned Ms. UACCM 2022 after competing in the fourteenth annual UACCM Pageant on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Fine Arts Auditorium. Lawrence is the daughter of David and Kathy Lawrence of Oppelo. She is in her first semester, pursuing an Associate of Science in Liberal Arts. Upon graduating from UACCM, Lawrence plans to pursue a master's degree in psychology to become a school counselor.   Lawrence was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the UACCM’s Chancellor’s Office and a floral bouquet courtesy of Plummer’s Flowers and Gifts, Morrilton.   The first runner-up, Abigail Valdez of Conway, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the UACCM Chancellor’s Office. She is the daughter of Fausto Valdez and Maybelline Hensley. Valdez is in her first semester, pursuing an Associate of Science in Business degree.   Hosted by UACCM’s SkillsUSA chapter, the pageant was open to current UACCM students and girls betwee

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Registered Nursing Transitions to Independent Program

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The Registered Nursing program at University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is making big steps towards improving and growing. Beginning in January 2023, Registered Nursing will transition from consortium membership to an in-house program taught exclusively by UACCM faculty.  The program has the prerequisite and initial approval of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), and will receive full approval and licensure from ASBN before the 2023 class graduates.  “UACCM has grown and is now ready to offer its own RN program,” said Darrell Moore, Dean of Health Professions and Natural Sciences. “UACCM sees this program offering as an opportunity to better serve our students as one in a group of up to 48 UACCM students, rather than one of 300-plus in the consortium.” This transformation will have several benefits for incoming RN students. Having local, UACCM faculty will allow students to have face-to-face instruction and more interaction with educators, as opposed to consorti

Bowles to Speak at UACCM for "Talks, Thoughts, and Treats" Series

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) will host Sasha Bowles on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at noon in the Student Union, as part of its "Talks, Thoughts, and Treats," speaker series.  Bowles, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, serves as the President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears and is a National Trail of Tears Board Member. She has been employed by Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism as a Park Interpreter II at Lake Dardanelle State Park for 18 years, providing educational programming about the nature, history, and culture of the Lake Dardanelle area.  This event is sponsored by the UACCM Diversity and Inclusion committee, and admission is open to all with lunch provided free of charge. 

U.S. Department of Commerce Awards $2 Million to Support Healthcare Training at UACCM

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) will receive a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to build a new Allied Health and Science Center. This project will consolidate the school’s health professional training programs into one building and provide increased capacity to expand its programs. This EDA investment will be matched with $1.1 million in local funds. The EDA funds will be utilized for site development and infrastructure improvements to prepare the college’s proposed east side location along University Blvd. The facility will expand the current practical nursing, registered nursing, nursing assisting, dietary management, and STEM field transfer credentials and will also allow the college to explore added programming in other vital, in-demand health fields. “Receiving this grant will enable UACCM to greatly expand its educational and training opportunities in the sciences and medical pr

2022 Spring Graduates’ Certificates and Degrees Now Ready

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Certificates and degrees are now available for all students who have graduated in May 2022 and have completed all required course work. By completing the Post Grad Survey online, graduates may indicate their preference of having the credentials mailed or held for pickup at the Registrar’s Office on the second floor in the University Center. All outstanding financial aid holds must be satisfied before awards will be released. The end of the 2022 Spring semester saw UACCM graduate 320 students who collectively earned 383 awards. Graduates who participated in the May 14 Commencement Ceremony received their diploma covers to symbolically mark their achievement. However, diplomas are only printed after requirements are checked for all graduates. The Registrar’s Office states that this process takes approximately six to eight weeks after the semester ends. Diplomas not picked up or shipped will be held for an indefinite period of time. The Registrar’s office may be reached at 501-977-20

Alumni Spotlight: Kathy Brantley

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We are back with another spotlight of our amazing alumni. Meet Kathy Brantley! Kathy attended UACCM from 2005 to 2007 and received her Associate of Arts in Teaching. Today, she serves as RTI Director at Quitman Public Schools. Why should students choose UACCM? I chose to attend UACCM because I wanted to be known as a person and not a number. The smaller class sizes afforded me the ability to learn better and to form lasting relationships with my teachers and classmates. I was also able to receive a transfer scholarship to finish my bachelor’s degree at UCA. What was your favorite thing about attending UACCM? My favorite thing about attending UACCM is the relationships that I formed with many of my teachers and classmates. How did UACCM prepare you for your career and life today? UACCM gave me the confidence, as a new college student, to keep pushing toward my dream of becoming a teacher. They also helped that dream become a reality through the scholarship opportunities th

Featured Industry Partner: Bill Dial

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Bill Dial is a UACCM industry partner for our Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology program. He is an Engineering Technician 3 at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Maumelle, Arkansas. Get to know him below! What are the benefits of partnering with UACCM for yourself and the college? I have been very blessed with a great career so I enjoy helping UACCM with their curriculum to prepare students for a career in my profession. I also get to meet people who work in different industries and learn from them. Why should others serve on advisory committees? UACCM really listens to committee members and adjusts their curriculum based on our input. The UACCM faculty always makes us feel very appreciated, and you get to meet many other industry professionals. What do you enjoy most about your career? I enjoy the challenge of designing machine improvements for manufacturing equipment used by our company around the world. Why should students consider a career in your field? An as

Industry Partner: Viji Kuruvilla

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This featured partner is currently the Vice President of Quality at Lexicon, Inc. Meet Viji Kuruvilla! What are the benefits of partnering with UACCM for yourself and the college? Lexicon is one of the most highly regarded and fastest-growing companies in the construction field. We believe in preparing Arkansas’s future workforce and providing them with excellent career opportunities in the construction field. Lexicon is family-owned and operated, so our team is dedicated to providing a good quality of life for our employees and their families. Partnering with UACCM in developing educational programs and curricula offers exciting opportunities for students and creates win-win opportunities for UACCM and industries in Arkansas. Why should others serve on advisory boards? If you are successful in your field, giving back to prepare the next generation is very satisfying. It is important to share best practices on lessons learned, critical decision-making, skills to help overcome challenge

Featured Industry Partner: Jonathan Hamner

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This featured alumnus and industry partner is a graduate of the surveying program. Meet Jonathan Hamner! Jonathan graduated in 2001 and now works at B & F Engineering, a division of Crafton Tull as Vice President of Survey. What are the benefits of partnering with UACCM for yourself and for the college? B & F has numerous graduates of the surveying program at UACCM and the success rate of those graduates is very high. We continue to seek graduates of the program to help keep our business as successful as it has been in years past. Why should other professionals serve on advisory committees? The best reason is that, as a working professional in the field, you get to have a voice as to the instruction and training of people that will be entering your profession in the near future. You get a say in what is really needed for a graduate to be successful. What do you enjoy most about your career? The people that I work with and the time I get to spend outdoors. Why should students co