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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

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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

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

Faculty Spotlight: Ron Enos

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It’s Friday, so how about we feature a fantastic faculty member? Meet Ron Enos, Simulation Lab Coordinator! Ron has been at UACCM since October 2018. In case you haven’t had to opportunity to visit UACCM’s nursing facilities, the simulation lab, or sim lab, is a realistic simulation of a healthcare facility, complete with programmable mannikins and a medication dispensing machine. A student demonstrates nursing skills on a model in the simulation lab. Ron thinks students should choose UACCM because each student is important here. His favorite part of his job is recreating an immersive healthcare setting and seeing confidence and growth of nursing students because of it. When not at UACCM, Ron enjoys running, guitar, and painting. He had this advice for UACCM students: “It's not how smart you are but the time you put into study that delivers the grade.”

Mother-Daughter Duo Take DIY to the Next Level

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Mother-daughter duo Miyahna and Ramiah Cook are taking do-it-yourself to the next level. When Ramiah was considering her future plans, she knew she had an interest in interior design after her family’s recent home remodel. Her mother, Miyahna, proposed that she go to school to learn the basics of the construction behind the interior design, but she also had another proposal: that her mother do it with her. At first, Ramiah was apprehensive. “When she told me that she would do it, I’m like, ‘You sure?’ because I have a little brother that she had to take care of and all that.” Turns out, the experience was beneficial for both of them. Whether it was studying for tests, providing encouragement to one another, or taking turns driving – although Ramiah admits she much prefers when her mom drives – the pair made the best of their time together. Miyahna and Ramiah also had the opportunity to put their skills to the test at the Arkansas SkillsUSA competition earlier this year. While neither

Staff Spotlight: Brigitte Brents

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Our next staff spotlight is a familiar face around the finance office. Meet Brigitte E. Brents, Payroll Officer at UACCM! Brigitte is an alumna of the Business Education program, attending in 1980-81. She has been a staff member at UACCM for over 10 years and always brings a little extra fun and motivation to the office. When asked why students should choose UACCM, Brigitte stressed that you can never lose your education. Her favorite parts of working at UACCM are the positive environment, coworkers, and supportive leadership. Her favorite hobbies include family and travel.

A Journey Just Beginning: UACCM Class of 2021-2022

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Graduation is a time for pomp and circumstance. A time for students and faculty alike to reflect on a successful year full of challenges and triumphs. A time to recognize resilience and a job well done.  The ceremony has passed and the summer has made its way here, but our graduates’ big plans are just beginning. We caught up with UACCM graduates Ethan Kuettle, Shaleah Sandberg, Joey South, Emily Simpson, and Tania Esmeralda Armas to learn more about their UACCM journey and future plans. For some, UACCM is a stepping stone to a four-year university. “UACCM changed my entire perspective on what college can be,” said Ethan Kuettle, General Education graduate. “In high school, I was mortified at the thought of going to college because I thought I was going to be overwhelmed. My time at UACCM taught me how to adapt and overcome any obstacle that stood before me.” Ethan plans to continue his education at UCA in business management. Tania Esmeralda Armas, General Education graduate, will con