- (October 5, 2015) SouthArk hosted area students on Friday, October 2, 2015 for Manufacturing Day, a nationwide initiative. Students were able to meet with local industry and business representatives to learn about manufacturing careers and the skills necessary to enter the manufacturing workforce. The purpose of Manufacturing Day is to introduce students to manufacturing-related careers and to address common misconceptions regarding manufacturing.
- (August 10, 2015) For the second year, SouthArk hosted Young Manufacturer's Academy August 3-7, 2015 as part of the State Chamber of Commerce initiative to provide a pipeline of skilled workers throughout the state. Fifteen area 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students from El Dorado and surrounding school districts participated in a variety of manufacturing-related activities including group competitions. Participants also learned about the history of manufacturing and related programs offered at SouthArk. Local sponsors for this years Young Manufacturer's Academty included CB&I, Great Lakes/Chemtura, and Lion Oil.
- (July 22, 2015) SouthArk hosted the first STEAM (SouthArk - Teachers Engaging in Advanced Manufacturing) Conference for area middle and high school science and math teachers on Tuesday, July 21. The conference provided teachers an opportunity to explore science and career opportunities in advanced manufacturing to share with their students. Participating teachers were split into teams for hands-on activities in SouthArk Process Technology and Industrial Technology/Mechatronics Labs including the Hands on Training (H.O.T.) Unit, the heat exchanger, and cooling tower. Teachers also participated in group activities which could be applied to the classroom and an open forum with local industry representatives. The afternoon was spent touring local industries including Great Lakes Solutions' main plant in El Dorado and Martin Resources in Smackover to observe engineering technicians in action and to experience various science applications in advanced manufacturing.
- (June 11, 2015) SouthArk hosted a recruiting event on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Local industry representatives from Great Lakes, Lion Oil, and Systems Contracting were present. Each company spoke to participants about the type of personnel they look to hire and types of jobs available. The representatives from Great Lakes included two current Process Technology students from SouthArk who are employed for the summer at Great Lakes as well as a recent graduate from the Process Technology program who is employeed full-time with the company. Participants also recieved information on SouthArk's Process Technology, Industrial Technology, and Welding programs. Additionally, tours of the Hands on Training Unit (H.O.T. Unit) were provided by SouthArk's Process Technology Director, Dr. Dave Carty. Participants included individuals from SouthArk's WAGE program, SouthArk's Industrial Technology program, Upward Bounds, the Boys and Girls Club, and other community members.
- (May 27, 2015) Foster Antoon, a welding student, demonstrates the virtual welder during a recent recruiting event. The virtual welder is a computer-based tool used to practice welding technique in a simulated environment.
- (April 28, 2015) SouthArk hosted their quarterly advisory committee meeting on April 28. Numerous industry partners were in attendance as well as local and state partners, including Leon Jones, Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor who provided an overview of the agency. Additionally, SouthArk announced the launch of the new Fast Lane program in Industrial Technology.
- (March 25, 2015) Great Lakes Solutions, a Chemtura business, has entered into an agreement with SouthArk to provide an on-site Principles of Quality course for the Process Technology Program (PTEC). The course is a credit-bearing study of the background and application of quality concepts covering team skills, quality tools, economics, and continuous improvement. The class is available to anyone registered as a student of SouthArk and will meet weekly at Great Lakes Solutions training building in Parkers Chapel. The class will be faciliated by the Process Technology Program Director, Dr. Dave Carty.
- (October 3, 2014) SouthArk hosted its 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day on October 2 on East Campus (McGehee Student Center). The free event provided area students and job seekers information on the wide variety of career paths available to them in the manufacturing industry. Representatives from local industries, including Great Lakes, El Dorado Chemical, Martin Operating, Nexans Amercable, Therma-flite, and others were there to discuss jobs available in manufacturing, career paths, skills required, and what they look for in potential employees. Interactive activities included a firsthand look at a H.O.T. unit demonstration and a virtual welder program.
- (August 11, 2014) The first annual Young Manufacturer's Academy was held August 4-8 at the SouthArk Center for Workforce Development. SouthArk partnered with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Institute to offer the free academy to rising seventh and eighth graders in the El Dorado area. Area 7th and 8th grade students learned about manufacturing while engaging in hands-on activities such as engineering sea planes and manufacturing custom ice cream sticks. Students were fortunate enough to meet and learn from several different industry partners throughout the week including representatives from Martin Resource Management, Anthony Forest Products, Cross Oil, Therma-Flite, Lion Oil, and Nexans AmerCable. Students were introduced to a range of manufacturing careers including Safety, Management, Human Resources, Welding, Automotive Technology, Process Operations and Engineering. The Academy featured a showcase on the final day where industry partners and students' family members viewed student presentations and demonstrations. Each student was awarded a certificate of completion. Overall, the academy was a success and we look forward to hosting it in 2015 with the possibility of extending the program to additional age groups.
- (August 1, 2014) Members from the SouthArk team including SouthArk Project Coordinator Angela Lopez and SouthArk Advisor/Recruiter Kevia Clemons along with SWACCC TAACCCT Project Manager Linda S Lephiew, toured the El Dorado Chemical plant, with Lance Owens and Mark Baker as their guides. The tour included a walk through a building that had once served as a recreation hall during WWII as well as a riding tour of the grounds. Part of the purpose for the tour was to gain awareness of the company's production and safety processes and to promote discussion about SouthArk's role in assisting the company with their workforce needs.
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