University of Arkansas Hope/Texarkana expansion has been authorized. This will help out area high school students.
The Arkansas Department of Education recently authorized the transfer of the Secondary Career and Technical Education Center to the university. The CTE is currently operated by the Texarkana, Arkansas School District. The university will assume operation of the center on July 1, 2019.
This planned transition is another example of the growing partnerships between the university and the school district. This will expand opportunity for high school students from across the region on both campuses of the college.
As a part of the transfer, the university will offer career and technical classes for qualifying high school students. Those districts include Texarkana, Arkansas, Fouke, Genoa, and Ashdown. Additionally, the operational transfer will expand education opportunities across Arkansas with the opening of a new CTE Center. That center will be on the Hope campus this Fall. The center on the U of A Hope campus will offer classes to qualifying high school students from the Hope, Blevins, Spring Hill, Prescott, Nevada, and Lafayette County School Districts.
Secondary career and technical education centers are a part of the Arkansas Department of Career Education’s mission. That mission is to prepare a job-ready, career-bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers. The goal is to provide the necessary academic and technical skills for high-quality jobs. It offers Arkansans of all ages the options to pursue a wide range of career choices. This also supplies employers with validation of skills through certifications and licenses.
The university will offer classes in a variety of career and technical fields. This will include Industrial Equipment Maintenance. There will also be classes for medical professions and welding technologies.
“UAHT is very appreciative of the planning and effort that the Texarkana Arkansas School District engaged in with our campus to make this transition a reality,” said Chris Thomason, UAHT Chancellor. “It was clear from the beginning that TASD was intent on expanding opportunities for their students and all students across UAHT’s service area.”
“The new CTE centers on both our campuses will not only expand access to top-level career and technical programs, but they will also provide an opportunity for students to earn a credential in those high demand professions as well.”
UAHT will also use this historic moment for our educational mission to even more closely align our career and technical programs with the business and industry needs of our region to ensure that we have the most highly skilled workforce possible.”
For more information, contact Mikki Curtis, Secondary Career Center Director, at 870-722-8133. You can also check out the UAHT website.