Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, has received a $345,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to be used for the Multi-Skills Technology program at the ASU-Searcy and ASU-Heber Springs campuses, in addition to classes held at Lonoke High School Carver campus.
This program, which is being funded through a grant recently awarded to ADWS 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 ten 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.
Multi-Skills industry partners include Remington Arms Company in Lonoke, Saint Jean Industries, Inc. in Heber Springs, Defiance Metal Products in Heber Springs, and Bryce Industries in Searcy. Industry partners will pay completers that they hire approximately $12 to $16 per hour.
Classes begin January 11, 2016. Those wishing to apply for the Multi-Skills Technology program should contact the Office of Admissions at (501) 207-6214. Financial Aid is also available for those that meet the federal and state requirements.
Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System. With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and Little Rock Air Force Base, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus.