MCGEHEE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee (UAM-CTM) was awarded a $225,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s (ADHE) Workforce Initiative Act Regional Workforce Grant Program on July 7, 2022. This award will benefit the UAM-CTM Heavy Equipment program by providing funds to purchase a new semi-truck and trailer.
Bob Ware, vice chancellor of UAM-CTM, stated, “This is wonderful news for the program and the institution. It will be used to upgrade CDL and Heavy Equipment programs.”
According to ADHE, “Passed into law in 2015, the Workforce Initiative Act Regional Workforce Grant Program, seeks to create a statewide, comprehensive structure enabling students in Arkansas universities, community colleges, and secondary centers to participate in career and technical education programs developed with input from area employers.” ADHE explains, “The primary goal of this program is to create long-term relationships between employers and regional workforce alliances to identify and address the challenge of job candidate skills gaps in the regional workforce pool. By ensuring that post-secondary educational institutions are producing the credentials employers need through consortia and data-driven decision-making, Arkansas can meet the needs of current employers and also be more effective in recruiting new industries to the state.”
Registration is currently underway for fall classes in the Heavy Equipment program, and financial aid is available. For more information, call 870-460-2130.