UACCM Awarded Auto Technology Grant from the State Government

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(Front Row-L to R): UACCM Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness Dawn Fitch, UACCM Division Chair for Technical Studies Robert Keeton, and UACCM Automotive Service Technology Instructor Howard West are presented with the grant check by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison. (Back Row-L to R): Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission Secretary Gary Dan Futrell, Commission Chair Joy Blankenship, Commissioner Jimmy Jones, and Commissioner Mitch Ward.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison along with the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission Board presented the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton with an $11,375.86 Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission Education and Training Program grant on Friday, April 19, 2019. Grant funds will be used to purchase a tool set to be used by students in UACCM’s Automotive Service Technology (AST) program.

UACCM adopted a philosophy of only using trainer vehicles in the AST program to better align with current trends in the automotive service field. Updated tools and equipment used in the AST program parallel what is currently being used in the automotive service industry. This allows for consistency in training because the curriculum is designed for classroom theory and hands-on application to work together. Students are provided with more opportunities for real-world, hands-on experience. Implementation of this philosophy has required the purchase of new equipment and hand tools to ensure adequate student training in the shop environment.

The AST program is accredited through the Automotive Service Excellence Foundation, which is the recognized standard used for measuring academic and hands-on learning achievements obtained by automotive repair technicians. Students have the ability to earn a Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate, and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree, as well as other industry recognized certifications.

Students who wish to begin their automotive service technology training should review admissions requirements and apply for admission at here.

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