UACCM hosts dedication for training center

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More than 300 people crowded inside the Tyson Training Hall on April 26 to hear Gov. Asa Hutchinson and others celebrate the opening of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s new Workforce Training Center. 

Other speakers included Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock), University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, Prospect Steel Plant Manager Steve Belew, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart, Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Smith, UACCM Foundation Board Chair Scott McKennon, UACCM Board of Visitors Chair Doug Brandon and UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis. 

“I can’t tell you what a joy it is to be here in Morrilton and see the pride in the community, the way the community has come together to say, ‘We want to enhance our future through a strong workforce training center such as this,’” Hutchinson said. “You’ve invested in it, you understand the importance of it, and you accomplished it, so today is a day of celebration and I congratulate this community on what you’ve done and what you’ll do for the next generation.” 

The $15 million facility, the largest construction project in UACCM history and the first new building in nine years, will begin housing a complete slate of courses in the fall semester. Courses include paths to professional certificates and two-year associate degrees in high-demand, high-wage areas such as Automotive Service; Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology (HVAC); Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance; and Welding. 

“The support of the citizens of our county and the UACCM’s service area has proven invaluable in helping us achieve our capital campaign goal and we view this ceremony as a way to recognize and thank many of those involved,” Chancellor Davis said.

Earlier in the week, UACCM hosted a reception in the training center for major donors, which included a sneak peek before the grand opening.

To schedule a tour of the Workforce Training Center and other facilities on campus, contact the UACCM Admissions Office at 501.977.2053.