Governor Beebe Declares December 1 through 5 “Community College Work$ Week”

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Little Rock, Arkansas (November 25, 2014) | Governor Beebe has issued a proclamation to declare the week of December 1 through 5 “Community College Work$ Week” in order to increase public awareness of the role of community colleges in Arkansas. “Providing the best local education and training possible to the citizens of Arkansas is vital to the process of enhancing the economic security of our State and its communities,” said Governor Beebe. “Arkansas’ community colleges have long been leaders in providing our citizens with education and training to meet local workforce needs.”

Each of Arkansas’ 22 community colleges, plus a number of branch campuses, are hosting a “Community College Work$ Week” event for community leaders and the public. While the programs will vary, each campus will highlight its unique mission and role in meeting local economic development and workforce needs. Attendees will have an opportunity to network as well as hear a short program highlighting workforce training initiatives, business and industry partnerships, and personal student stories.

The events for Southwest Arkansas are the following:

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Monday, December 1st
1:30 p.m. UA Community College at Hope

Tuesday, December 2nd
9:30 a.m. UA Cossatot
1:30 p.m. UA Community College at Hope – Texarkana

Wednesday, December 3rd
9:30 a.m. UA Cossatot at Ashdown

“The community college mission is to provide affordable local access to higher education and technical training programs that meet the needs of business and industry,” said Bill Stovall, executive director of Arkansas Community Colleges. “Without our state’s community colleges, many Arkansans would not have opportunities to improve their careers and paychecks. Helping families to better support themselves financially is a huge economic benefit to the entire state.”

Below is a complete list of “Community College Work$ Week” events. Please contact your local community college for details.

Monday, December 1st
7:30 a.m. ASU – Mountain Home
8 a.m. ASU – Newport
8 a.m. North Arkansas College
8 a.m. Phillips Community College of the UA
8:30 a.m. College of the Ouachitas
9 a.m. ASU – Beebe
9 a.m. East Arkansas Community College
9 a.m. Rich Mountain Community College
9 a.m. Southeast Arkansas College
9 a.m. Southern Arkansas University Tech
9:30 a.m. Black River Technical College
9:30 a.m. Ozarka College
9:30 a.m. UA Community College at Batesville
11 a.m. ASU – Newport at Marked Tree
12 p.m. Phillips Community College of the UA – Stuttgart
1:30 p.m. UA Community College at Hope
2 p.m. ASU – Beebe at Searcy
2 p.m. South Arkansas Community College
4 p.m. Arkansas Northeastern College
5:30 p.m. Phillips Community College of the UA – DeWitt

Tuesday, December 2nd

8:30 a.m. National Park Community College
9 a.m. ASU – Beebe at Heber Springs
9 a.m. NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Washington County Center Springdale
9 a.m. Pulaski Technical College
9:30 a.m. Ozarka College at Ash Flat
9:30 a.m. UA Cossatot
1:30 p.m. UA Community College at Hope – Texarkana

Wednesday, December 3rd

9:30 a.m. Black River Technical College at Paragould
9:30 a.m. Ozarka College at Mountain View
9:30 a.m. UA Cossatot at Ashdown
11:30 a.m. NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Thursday, December 4th

9:30 a.m. Ozarka College at Mammoth Spring
9:30 a.m. UA Cossatot at Nashville
10:30 a.m. ASU – Newport at Jonesboro

Friday, December 5th

7:30 a.m. UA Community College at Morrilton

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Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) is a non-profit association representing all twenty-two (22) public community colleges in Arkansas. The Association facilitates the sharing of ideas, resources and opportunities among its members, and advocates on behalf of members’ students. ACC has a long and successful history of collaborating with government agencies, educational institutions, private foundations and others on projects that improve the ability of member colleges to meet the needs of their students, as well as the needs of their local business and industry leaders. As a result, Arkansas is hailed nationally as a model for student success and workforce training initiatives.

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