Lt. Governor Griffin Visits UACCM

group of people standing in front of equipment
(L to R) John Duvall, IMMT instructor; Mary Clark, director of marketing and public relations; Darren Jones, vice chancellor for student services; Diana Arn, interim chancellor; Mary Newsome, assistant to the chancellor; Tim Griffin, Lt. Governor of Arkansas; Jessica Rohlman, director of workforce development and community education; and Lisa Willenberg, vice chancellor for finance and operations
Lt. Governor Tim Griffin visited the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton on September 24 to tour the Workforce Training Center.

During his time on campus, he explored labs that are used by several programs with UACCM Interim Chancellor Diana Arn and college administrators. There he learned the role the facility plays in UACCM’s technical programs, including auto service technology; air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration; industrial mechanics and maintenance; and welding; as well as the Department of Workforce Development and Community Education.

The tour emphasized the college’s efforts to forge partnerships with industries through advisory committees. The group also discussed the facility’s use of enhancing workforce development, as businesses conduct training in the building.  

Griffin spoke to the administrators about the importance of workforce skills training and how community colleges have nimble means to meet the changing needs of business and industry. He also noted how apprenticeships are bringing back their value, as students can train on equipment currently in the field and can get experience working in an industrial setting. This is a good example of collaborative partnerships between colleges and the private sector, he said. 

To view all photos of Griffin's visit, go to our Flickr album

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