The Arkansas Division of Higher Education has awarded two Phase III Regional Workforce Grants worth a total of $1 million to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
The university's advanced manufacturing programs will receive $700,000 for credit and noncredit classes for concurrent high school students, college students and adults in industry training. UAFS transportation programs will receive the rest, for new automotive technology equipment and lab upgrades that will benefit univeristy and concurrent high school students.
Funds from both grants will also benefit the Baldor Technology Center on the UAFS campus.
Shadow Robinson, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, said in a news release, "The ongoing commitment to workforce readiness of our students and economic development of our region is what distinguishes UAFS as a university. This grant helps ensure that our that our graduates are work-ready on day one, stepping from our campus directly into high-paying careers in the electronics and automotive industries.”