Students enrolled in technical programs at Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, participated in the recent state SkillsUSA competitions.
Students receiving awards in SkillsUSA were as follows: Devin Pruitt of White County Central High School placed first for Welding Art Sculpture; Tristin Bills of Searcy High School placed second for Welding Art Sculpture; Asael Bocanegra of Searcy High School placed first for CNC Milling; Ian Tullos of Searcy High School placed second for CNC Turning; Shaun Womack of Searcy, a general technology major, placed second for CNC Milling; and Jeffery Gilmore of Bradford, a computerized machining major, placed second for Technical Drafting.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel, and is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
ASU-Searcy offers certificates of proficiency and technical certification in various fields of study, and the Regional Career Center offers programs to students who are still in high school. Most technical programs can be completed in about one year for those wanting to enter the workforce. For those who want to continue their education after the technical certificate, credits also apply to the Associate of Applied Science in General Technology degree.
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.