[August 1, 2019 | MENA, Ark.] Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Krystal Thrailkill announced this week that UA Rich Mountain has received approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) to offer Certificates of Proficiency and Technical Certificates for both the Criminal Justice and Phlebotomy programs.
The college has offered “intro” classes in both of these programs before but it hasn’t been until now that students could receive full post-secondary credits for them. Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson credited Dr. Thrailkill and her efforts in making this a reality for students, “This has been a top priority of ours for over a year now. We have always had a high interest from the community in each of these programs. We know that each of these programs have high employability within the local communities’ thanks in part to our partnerships with law enforcement agencies and in the health industry.”
Continuing to expand programs is always a top priority, explained Chancellor Wilson. Programs must reflect the trends in the workforce and what has the greatest value to the student, he added. “The demands of our local communities are one of the greatest drivers within our strategic planning and one of the reasons we now have athletics and on-campus housing. The big picture, with the additional enrollment and revenue that the athletics and housing bring in to our campus and the community, is, in fact, additional programs.”
For more information on how to enter criminal justice or phlebotomy programs, contact Dr. Thrailkill at 479-394-7622 ext. 1300.