Friday, October 19, 2018

North Arkansas College announces outstanding faculty, staff awards


UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole presented awards to Cheryl Keymer and Mary Mallett for being selected as Outstanding Faculty and Staff members at Northark.
Cheryl Keymer and Mary Mallett have been selected as the 2018-19 outstanding employees at North Arkansas College (Northark).  Both ladies were recognized at the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) annual conference held last week in Little Rock.

Each year, outstanding employees are nominated by their colleagues. A selection committee reviews the nominations and selects the winners.  

Cheryl Keymer is Northark’s outstanding faculty member. Cheryl’s career at Northark began 36 years ago as a business instructor when Weldon Stevenson, Director of Twin Lakes VoTech took a chance on a new college graduate. Cheryl served as a full-time faculty member and PBL adviser for 30 years and is currently serving as a faculty member and the department chair of business and information technology. Cheryl works extremely hard to ensure that her students and faculty are achieving their goals. Her hard work and ethics are an example of those pursuing their dreams. She says "I have been truly blessed in my career at Northark. I have always put the students first and foremost. As a former graduate of Northark, it was a dream to come back to the institution where I began my education and give back in some way.” Cheryl is a native of Western Grove where she resides with her husband and furry friends. She also has a daughter, Ashley, who also graduated from Northark.

Northark’s outstanding staff member is Mary Mallett. Mary has worked for Northark in Accounting for 37 years. During this time she has completed three degrees, taught part-time, and worked on all three campuses. Her job is mainly behind the scenes, but it is crucial to the overall operation of the college. Her personal ethics, sense of duty, and willingness to help with any problem are great motivators for her coworkers. She says, “I believe education changes lives and I am proud to be a part, in some small way, of that experience.” Mary is also actively involved in her church and community.

The North Arkansas College Foundation awards the outstanding faculty and staff member $500 each for their accomplishments.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

North Arkansas College to host Manufacturing Days

On National Manufacturing Days October 5 & 12, North Arkansas College will open its doors to nearly 1,000 high school students as it showcases the manufacturing and engineering careers available at local companies. This educational event occurs across the nation and is designed to open the minds of young adults by inspiring them to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

Students will tour PACE Industries, Wabash Wood Products, WestRock, Thorpe Industries, Johnson Manufacturing and Barrett Plastics. Lunch will be served and students will then tour the North Arkansas College Technical Center and North Campus technical programs. Northark’s Technical Center provides students with a jumpstart on their college career at no cost to them. Northark has recently received new robots housed in robotic simulation cells that replicate the industrial environment down to the last detail.  One robotic training cell is located in the Manufacturing Lab and the newest Robotic Welding cell is located inside the Welding Lab.

“I’m confident students will be inspired when they see the robotic cells and cutting-edge technologies that they can learn on our North campus,” says Northark President Dr. Randy Esters. “Today’s manufacturing environment has evolved to include automation and robotic technologies. The combination of a new environment that includes advanced technologies, high earning potential, and a strong demand for the workers in this field is enabling manufacturers to paint a new picture that students are excited to explore as a future career.”

John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series to feature Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart will speak Thursday, October 18, at North Arkansas College in the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series. The Lecture will be open to the public free of charge and will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the L. E. “Gene” Durand Center on Northark’s Center Campus in downtown Harrison. Ms. Smart will share her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her speech will discuss topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery and not allowing your past to dictate your life’s future.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Retention, low tuition contributes to Northark national ranking

The appeal of taking college courses online continues to grow. The list of national rankings for North Arkansas College (Northark) is growing as well.A recent study by greatbusinessschools.org ranked the online associates in accounting the 2nd best value in the United States.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SkillsUSA students earn honors at national competition

Pictured from left to right: Fines "Boone" Walker, Anthony Hall, William "Shiloh" Lyons, Kelby Howerton and Lee Davenport.

Northark students competed at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference in Louisville, Ky. on June 25-29. This competition provided an avenue for students to apply everything they have learned in the classroom. The students represented Northark well.

National Award Placements were:
10th  - Lee Davenport:  Masonry
12th - Fines "Boone" Walker,  CNC Milling
12th - Kelby Howerton:  Cabinetmaking
16th - William "Shiloh" Lyons, Welding Sculpture
29th - Anthony Hall, Automotive Refinishing

Career and technical education students from high schools and colleges across the state competed in contests which included manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality and human service fields to name a few.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Northark Phi Beta Lambda wins national awards


More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Baltimore, Md., to compete nationally and to network, develop leadership skills and attend career planning workshops.

The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference was held June 23–26. Participants from across the United States attended the conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.

Eight Northark PBL students received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program. Top ten placements were:

4th Place - Casey Dean, Sales Presentation
7th Place - Brent Lawrence, Carson Hinrichs, Betty Wade & Odessa Barron, Parliamentary Procedure
7th Place - Carson Hinrichs, Integrated Marketing Campaign
9th Place - Brandy Gatlin, Jennifer Boucher & Casey Dean, Community Service Project

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