ATU-Ozark receives workforce grant

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus was recently awarded a $644,000 regional workforce grant, according to a news release from the university. The grant program, sponsored by the Arkansas Legislature, seeks to establish career and technical education programs designed with input from area employers and industries.

ATU-Ozark will use the funds for its existing automation, robotics and industrial control systems degree program with additional training in machinist technology and computer-aided drafting.

Online school to hold meeting

The Arkansas Connections Academy will hold a Fort Smith information session on its offering for the 2018-19 academic year. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hampton Inn Fort Smith, 6201-C Rogers Ave. Arkansas Connections Academy is a virtual public school offered tuition free to Arkansas students in kindergarten through 11th grade.

Visit ArkansasConnectionsAcademy.com or call (800) 382-6010 for information.

Orthopedic therapy course available

Dr. Rhett Polka, owner and founder of One80 Physical Therapy, a multi-office practice based in Colorado, will offer a 40-hour continuing education course based on anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, manual therapy and functional exercise practices to Little Rock. The One80 System course for physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other licensed medical professionals will be held Sept. 14-16 and Sept. 28-30 at Advanced Physical Therapy, 10014 N. Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock.

Cost is $1,200 and includes both weekends and all course materials. The course includes 26 lab hours, earning licensed professionals up to 40 continuing education units and a One80 System certification.

Visit One80PT.com/TheOne80System/ to register or for information.

 

Names of note

Ryan Ropp of Fort Smith recently graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

 

Several area students recently graduated from Harding University in Searcy including Alize Boatright, Bethany Brown, Joshua Ha, Chelsie Jones and Murphy Perkins, all of Fort Smith; David Hart of Hartman; Shelby Petty of Huntington; Connor Purvis of Mena; and Ken Tackett of Sallisaw.

 

Several area students were recently named to the dean's list for the Spring 2018 semester by Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., including Paige Beachy and Erin Coffman, both of Fort Smith; Regan Jones of Greenwood; and Daria Wiederkehr of Van Buren.

 

Scholarships

Five Fort Smith students — Northside High School graduate Ricardo Martinez and Southside High School graduates Bilal Momand, Stephanie Nguyen, Dania Rahal and Wesley Schwartz — were recently named University of Arkansas Honors College Fellowship recipients. The Honors College Fellowship is a $70,000 award over four years.

Rahal is the son of Ahmad Rahal. Martinez is the son of Ricardo and Marina Martinez, Momand is the son of Elizabeth and Mohammad Momand, Nguyen is the daughter of Vandy and Phuong Pham, and Schwartz is the son of Donald and Karen Schwartz, all of Fort Smith.

 

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia recently awarded scholarships to several area students. Recipients and their awards include Eric Biggers of Charleston, Dillon Goodman of Clarksville, Cortney Hicks of Greenwood and Trey Brown of Mena, the Blue and Gold Scholarship, which has a four-year value of $26,400 and includes $3,300 per semester; Joshua House of Cove, Jace Garrett of Greenwood, Josey Webb of Mena and Dustin Dilbeck of Mena, the University Scholarship, which has a four-year value of $36,000 and includes $4,500 per semester; Lilliah Pugh of Greenwood and Taylor Williams of Lamar, the achievement scholarship, which has a four-year value of $8,000 and includes $1,000 per semester; and Jacob Mohr of Van Buren and Hannah Hale of Waldron, presidential scholarship, which has a four-year value of $44,000 and includes $5,500 per semester.

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