Councilwoman honored

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Shorter College in North Little Rock has announced that NLR Councilwoman Linda Robinson will be bestowed an honorary degree at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the 127th Commencement Ceremony to be held at the Henry A. Belin Health-Plex, 604 North Locust Street. 

Robinson (Ward 2) has been active on the City Council for five consecutive terms. She is the longest serving African American Woman in the Council’s history. Her work and service includes establishing the NLR Youth CARES Coalition, being a part of the NLR Planning Commission, and a single mother’s mentorship program. She is a retired program manager with the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services. Robinson spent 20 years as a speech therapist for the Arkansas Division of Developmental Disabilities.  

Shorter College will celebrate their largest graduating class since its re-opening in 2012 with nearly 69 candidates. Twelve of them are from the Second Chance Pell Program. This is an experimental program in which imprisoned persons may attain their associate degree.  Shorter College is the only private, historically Black college in the country. Since re-opening its doors in 2012, it has experienced exponential growth in its degree plans and certifications. Currently, they offer six associate degree programs, certifications for computer sciences and a strong internship program that has a network of over 30 companies.