Northark, ASUMH partner for workforce programs

Mon Apr 3, 2017 at 10:59 AM

ASUMH signingIt’s not every day one see’s a robot programmed by Northark industrial automation class students hand pens to representatives from two local community colleges.  That’s what happened last week when college leaders officially agreed to help students seamlessly transfer classes between institutions in two high-demand career fields. 

Students labored for weeks to ensure the robotic arm picked up pens and inserted them into a tunnel.  The tunnel led to a motion-sensing holder that ultimately provided the pens to college leaders.  The robot performed its duties as instructed during an official signing ceremony held on Northark’s north campus.  Representatives from Northark and Arkansas State University Mountain Home (ASUMH) inked an agreement to ensure students who have begun an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Industrial Electronics Technician from Northark and are interested in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Workforce Technology-Mechatronics from ASUMH will have transferable courses.

“Harrison and Mountain Home share many resources,” Dr. Esters commented.  “This agreement reaches back 5 years to help students who may have moved to Mtn. Home or Harrison and provides a clear path for transferability and application toward their chosen degree paths of Workforce Technology-Mechatronics or to become Industrial Electronics Technician.  We’re extremely pleased to partner with ASUMH.”

“It’s great to get world-class workforce training close to home,” ASUMH Chancellor Dr. Robyn Myers emphasized.  “Agreements like this are the basis for additional transfer programs in the future and provide the resources for graduates to earn high wages of up to $50-60K per year with an associate’s degree.”

Likewise, students who have begun an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Workforce Technology-Mechatronics from ASUMH and who are interested in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Industrial Electronics Technician from Northark will have specified transferable courses.

Not all classes completed at Northark may be accepted for transfer credit at ASUMH and not all classes completed at ASUMH may be accepted for transfer credit at Northark, but in general, courses completed at Northark or ASUMH with a grade of “C” or better, courses taken within the last 5 years, and listed in this agreement will be accepted for transfer and can be applied toward completion of the AAS Degree in Workforce Technology-Mechatronics at ASUMH or toward completion of the AAS Degree in Industrial Electronics Technician at Northark.

After the signing ceremony, college representatives, students and instructors toured the technical programs located at the north campus.  Students entering Industrial Electronics Technician programs at Northark can qualify for free tuition through a scholarship program provided by PACE Industries, Inc.  Deadline to apply for the program is April 15, 2017.  For more information on free tuition and to apply, visit https://www.cognitoforms.com/NorthArkansasCollege1/PACEScholarshipApplication.

Pictured from left are: Cindy Mayo, Northark dean of allied health and technical programs; Dr. Donna Wood, Northark vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Randy Esters, Northark President; Dr. Robyn Myers, ASUMH Chancellor; Dr. Martin Eggensperger, ASUMH vice chancellor for Academics and Karen Heslep, ASUMH dean of school of Business and Technology.

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