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ASU-Searcy Receives Grant for Technology Skills Program

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Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, received a $345,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services for the Multi-Skills Technology program at the Searcy and Heber Springs campuses, and classes at Lonoke High School Carver campus.

This program, funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of Labor, will target dislocated workers and long-term unemployed individuals, including eligible underserved and minority populations.

Grant money is available to assist the unemployed in gaining skills and knowledge needed for careers in the manufacturing, agriculture, business maintenance and service industry. The program is designed to prepare students for the careers requiring general technical skills. Tuition will be paid in full for some unemployed, qualified applicants.

The multi-skills program instructs in electrical and mechanical technologies, hydraulics, metal working, and materials processing. The coursework has 10 stations of learning, which include AC and DC electrical circuits, electrical controls and wiring, drafting and reading prints, quality control measurements, hand tool identification and usage, hydraulic and pneumatic power, mechanical power, welding and cutting metals, lathes, and mills. 

The coursework enables students to graduate high school, enter the workforce, or use toward certification or a college degree. For those seeking basic skills, students must earn 12 credit hours toward a certificate of proficiency, or those pursuing advanced skills must earn 18 additional credit hours toward a technical certificate.

Students may also continue beyond the technical certificate to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology. Students may also earn certification in OSHA 10, NCCER Core, First Aid/CPR, and forklift.

Partners include Remington Arms Co. in Lonoke, Saint Jean Industries Inc. in Heber Springs, Defiance Metal Products in Heber Springs and Bryce Industries in Searcy. Industry partners will pay people they hire who have completed the program $12 to $16 per hour.

Classes begin Jan. 11. Those wishing to apply for the Multi-Skills Technology program should contact the Office of Admissions at (501) 207-6214

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