Arkansas State University-Newport announced that it has received Regional Workforce Grants totaling $1.17 million.
Funds will be used to purchase new equipment and improve facilities for the school's transportation programs, including its commercial driver training and diesel technology programs, ASU-Newport said in a news release.
The school already partners with Maverick Transportation to train drivers, graduating more than 100 each year.
“Transportation is a critical piece of our economy,” Chancellor Johnny Moore said in the release. “ASUN has been a leader in transportation education for decades, but it’s even more pertinent today that we continue to support our workforce by training as many skilled drivers and technicians as we can. The Regional Workforce Grant will allow us to improve and expand our programs and support the demand for skilled and qualified graduates.”
The state Department of Higher Education also awarded $100,000 for ASU-Newport's welding program and $70,000 for its advanced manufacturing program. Planned purchases include new robotic and 3D printing equipment, and the addition of a welding fume extraction center.
“We are thrilled to receive these coveted dollars to support four high-demand programs,” Typhanie Myers, ASUN’s interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, said in the release. “As demand grows for a skilled workforce, ASUN must continue to be innovative to meet the needs of our industry partners. These grants are vital in keeping our labs equipped with the cutting-edge technology our students need to learn and thrive.”