UACCM To Provide Grant-Funding Workforce Training

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will provide workforce training known as the Competitive Edge Workforce Development Program, funded through a grant awarded to the Conway County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC). The $28,841 Incumbent Workforce Training Program (IWTP) grant, awarded by the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, will allow training employees from nine different area businesses and organizations in leadership and industry best practices.  Barry McKuin, a community leader and former director of the Morrilton Area Chamber/CCEDC, said, "This grant allows us to cover much of the cost for something in our community that brings individual self improvement and contributes to local businesses and organizations becoming more effective."

(Front row, standing left to right):
John Gibson, Kathy Egerton,
Marilyn Thomas, and Curt
Hfippensteel
(Back row, standing left to right):
County Judge Jimmy Hart, Mayor
Stewart Nelson, Barry McKuin, Gary
Groppe
Participants in the program will learn how to help their organizations become more profitable and/or efficient by developing skills in organizational leadership, computer applications, communications, quality, world class enterprise and teamwork.  

The program will include a WorkKeys® Assessment (provided in conjunction with the Conway WAGE Center), computer based training modules, computer applications training, and an instructor-led training component.  
John Gibson, president of the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway County Economic Development Corporation, stated, “Industrial and business firms must continually reinvent themselves. Competitive pressures cause firms to specialize as they innovate, focusing on what they can do that no one else can easily replicate. This move to specialization makes companies more efficient and opens up new careers. While this makes it hard to predict future skill needs, it offers exciting and rewarding careers to well-educated young people and adults who never stop learning.
“This Incumbent Workforce Training Program Grant gives our Conway County workforce a unique opportunity to ‘never stop learning.’”
Curt Hippensteel, director of community outreach at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, stated, “For the long term success of a community, it is very important that the educational and business sectors work closely together to develop a strong workforce. The Competitive Edge program is a good example of this type of cooperation. We at UACCM are excited to be able to work with the CCEDC and the participating employers on this project.” 
Participants in the training include employees from Cat Claws Inc., City of Morrilton, Conway County Courthouse, Conway County Economic Development Corporation, ICT Group Inc., Koontz Electric Inc., Mobley Construction Inc., St. Anthony's Healthcare Center, and Telex Communications Inc.

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