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ASU-Mountain Home Awarded $450K to Establish New Manufacturing Program

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Arkansas State University-Mountain Home announced it will receive $450,000 from the Delta Workforce Grant Program through the Delta Regional Authority to establish an extrusion and injection molding program.

The grant is a portion of $10 million awarded to projects across eight states by the Delta Workforce Grant Program.  The grants aim to address the employment and training needs of local and regional workforces and are aligned with existing economic and workforce development plans and strategies.

“This significant grant award from the Delta Regional Authority is another indication that ASUMH is a leader in advanced manufacturing,” Bentley Wallace, chancellor of ASU-Mountain Home, said in a news release. “These funds will allow for expanded and enhanced technology in extrusion and injection molding, and world-class workforce development for employers in our region will improve through these investments.”

The funds will provide industry-driven training and workforce development in the Twin Lakes Area. The new training will apply toward a degree in mechatronics.

“There are several companies in our area that use extrusion and plastic injection molding,” Karen Heslep, dean of the university’s School of Business and Technology, said in the release.  “This DRA grant, combined with donations from Baxter and Danfoss, provides the resources needed to add curriculum to our existing programs so ASUMH graduates have the skills in using and maintaining this machinery.  Partnerships with industry, such as these with Baxter and Danfoss, are the key to our being awarded grant funds.”

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