The GOV. at UACCM and a Pell Grant Deadline

Gov. Mike Beebe hosted an Arkansas Works Summit education meeting yesterday on campus to discuss the correlation between education and economic development. Representatives from each county in Arkansas met at the capitol in October 2008 at the Arkansas Works Summit to discuss economics and education, and the stop in Morrilton was part of Beebe’s statewide tour which aims to bring the messages of that summit to communities throughout Arkansas.

According to Beebe, “Education is economic development. You can’t have one without the other.” He emphasized the importance of two-year colleges in the state saying, “Communities with a two-year college in Arkansas have a major leg up on surrounding areas. Colleges have to be able to go to industries in the area and ask what they need to do to help train tomorrow’s workforce.” Beebe commended UACCM for the creation of the college’s Petroleum Technology Program in response to the needs of the Fayetteville Shale Play and added “If we don’t provide training, someone else will.”

During the meeting, Beebe further emphasized the relationship between education and economic development and that this successful relationship can play a major part in cultivating a stronger economy in every part of the state. He added, “The quality of people in the workforce—their work ethic and training—is what really makes the difference when it comes to education. Schools, chambers of commerce, city and county officials, and the community need to work together to better education and foster strong economic development.”

This Friday, July 17 marks the final deadline for submitting loan/Pell Grant applications and related paperwork for the upcoming fall term. Stop by the UACCM Financial Aid Office in the University Center to find out more.

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