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UCA, Metova Announce IT Apprenticeship Program

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The University of Central Arkansas’ Division of Outreach & Community Engagement, the Arkansas Coding Academy, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and U.S. Department of Labor announced the state’s first Information Technology Based Registered Apprenticeship Program at UCA.

The partnership allows students to enroll in a paid 12-week training at the Arkansas Coding Academy and then receive a job at Metova Inc. at the end of the session. Students would also receive a certificate of completion as a journeyman from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Metova also received the inaugural Tom Courtway Outreach & Community Engagement Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose contribution to the division’s efforts has led to transformational community impact and/or participation through innovative programs and services.

The company was chosen because it helped establish the Arkansas Coding Academy last year. The award is named in honor of UCA’s 10th president, Tom Courtway, who participated in the announcement.

The Department of Workforce Services and U.S. Department of Labor has supported the Arkansas Coding Academy’s efforts since its inception by making funds available so more dislocated and unemployed workers can afford the training.

“This apprenticeship model is much more sustainable because both the employer and student commit to working with each other for more than a year, which is not typical in most training programs,” Mary Dunlap, Arkansas Coding Academy director, said in a news release.

GB Cazes, president of products and services for Metova, said, “Metova believes people are its greatest asset. We are excited to partner with the Arkansas Coding Academy to find passionate individuals and offer world class training so that they can achieve their dreams as we grow the Metova family. It’s a win-win.”

The apprenticeship program is set to begin with a new class of developers in January. Anyone interested in this opportunity should visit the academy’s website or contact Dunlap at (501) 450-5276 or email her here

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