Career Center Grant

Career Center Receives $406,276 Grant

L-R: Stephen Moody, AWS CWE | AWS CWI, Welding Instructor; Dr. Krystal Thrailkill - Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs; Jonathan Lunsford - Machine Tool Technology Instructor

2022-08-24 00:00:00

[August 24, 2022 | MENA, Ark.]  The Arkansas Office of Skills Development has awarded a $406,276 grant to the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain’s Career Center. The funds are allocated for the Machine Tool and Welding Programs. The grant was co-written by Jonathan Lunsford, Stephen Moody, and Janet VanDeest.

            Students of the machine tool program will directly benefit from the $339,055 portion of the grant by the purchase of a new HAAS CNC vertical machining center, Phillips Universal robot EDU, Mitutoyo Crysta Apex coordinate measuring machine, Phillips sharp precision lathe, Sharp LMV KN premier milling machine, and Ingersoll Rand 80-gallon air compressor.

            The welding program will use its $67,221 to invest in a Hypertherm plasma cutter, Subarc Versotrac tractor welder, DeWalt angle grinders, and a MV cutting table that will vastly improve the students’ educational experiences.

            Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Krystal Thrailkill expressed her appreciation to the Arkansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Skills Development for investing in the technical trades and students of west central Arkansas.

            UA Rich Mountain’s mission is to provide transformative education to all learners.