Showing posts from November, 2020

Countdown to Finals: Set Aside Time Away from Apps

  With finals coming soon, we will offer some suggestions on how to stay productive and finish the semester strong with a series about helpful tips and wellness. Sometimes we just need to unwind. Step away from our mobile devices, silence our phones, and stay away from the many streaming apps. You hear people suggest this, but why is it important? Health and wellness experts have suggested that taking breaks from your screen have several benefits. This includes creating closer relationships with friends and loved ones, being more productive with your time, and increasing a sense of self-worth.   To aid us on taking breaks from our devices, we turn to technology strangely enough. If you have an Apple device, look into Downtime that helps us schedule time away from our apps by silencing notifications for a scheduled period of time.    Learn how to set up Downtime.

Conway Regional, UACCM Announce Scholarship Opportunities for Nursing Education

Conway Regional Health System and The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton announced a partnership Wednesday, November 18, to aid with nurse recruitment and retention. The new UACCM Nursing Scholarship Program will provide financial aid opportunities to students pursuing education in nursing with the UACCM Practical Nursing Program. This partnership will award up to six licensed practical nurses (LPN) students with scholarships over the next three years with each student selected receiving $2,500 in financial aid per semester, for three semesters. “Conway Regional is proud to invest in the future of healthcare to ensure the communities we serve are provided high-quality, compassionate care for many years to come,” said Matt Troup, President and CEO for Conway Regional. “This partnership will aid students seeking nursing education within our community, giving them valuable clinical experience at Conway Regional, while addressing the critical nursing shortage

UACCM Readies Construction Technology Program for Spring Semester

Construction technology classes will begin in the spring semester. Registration is ongoing.   The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has launched a new program of study: construction technology. An expansion in UACCM’s technical studies division, the new program will be offered beginning the spring 2021 semester. The construction technology program is a comprehensive program that provides students with a knowledge in construction fundamentals, carpentry, drywall, and masonry. Students train in a setting that emphasizes hands-on learning, the centerpiece of UACCM’s technical education, with the goal of directly entering the workforce after graduation. The driving goal is to inject more skilled labor into the construction industry with knowledge about specific crafts, equipment, and safety standards. Students have the option to explore a 15-credit-hour certificate of proficiency or a 30-credit-hour technical certificate . Students who study construction technolog

UACCM Among Top Two-Year Colleges in AMP Best of 2020

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is one of the best two-year colleges in the state, according to readers of Arkansas Money & Politics. The selection was part of the magazine’s “Best of 2020” feature that highlights prominent companies and institutions in Arkansas. Readers nominated UACCM as one of the best in the community colleges category. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, UACCM’s fall 2020 enrollment grew due to enhanced interest in the college’s transfer degrees. The pandemic’s effect on the economy also contributed to enrollment in technical education programs, as many individuals have been dislocated from their jobs or decided to gain more skills to enhance their income mobility. When the public health care crisis began, UACCM created flexibility in scheduling various modes of instructional delivery. First, the college had to quickly adapt to online instruction in March with less than two weeks’ notice. For the fall 2020 semester, students could ch

UACCM Dedicates Tree to Beloved Colleague

Sommers served the college for 21 years, most recently as coordinator of student records. Members of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton dedicated a tree and plaque on campus to Sheila Sommers, a longtime staff member who passed away last fall. The tree, provided by the Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ArkACRO), is placed below Sommer’s former office window at the University Center. Sommers was a 21-year employee at the college and most recently served as the coordinator of student records at the Registrar’s Office. “Sheila Sommers spent over 20 years in the UACCM Registrar’s Office and was always active with ArkACRAO,” said Linda Holland, UACCM registrar. “I’m so happy they chose to honor her in this way, and it was only fitting the tree be placed in the courtyard below the office where she loved gazing out on the spring and fall foliage.” A morning ceremony, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Sommers’ death, i

Dietary Management Students Gain Certifications in Food Safety

Dietary Management students (L to R) Sarah Jones, Sierra Chancellor, Deasarae Bell, Casey Waterson As part of UACCM's new dietary management program, cohorts are taking food safety and sanitation during the fall 2020 semester. Recently, they completed a 10-hour training course and sat for the ServSafe exam offered by the National Restaurant Association. These students made excellent passing scores, completing this first step to becoming certified dietary managers. ServSafe offers training and certification helps individual meet the standards in food safety with the most up-to-date and relevant information. It brings together the current best practices to meet the industry's changing needs. According to the Center of Disease Control, 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Reducing foodborne illness by just 10% would keep 5 million Americans from getting sick each year and save millions of dollar