A regional partnership between Fort Smith school and highschool educators has helped open the brand new Peak Innovation Heart for well being care, first responder and different vocational profession alternatives for college students.
The Peak Innovation Heart opened Monday, March 28, College of Arkansas Fort Smith officers introduced.
Monday was the primary day for lessons on the new Fort Smith Public Colleges facility. By the UA-Fort Smith Western Arkansas Technical Heart, the scholars at Peak can full school programs and earn credentials whereas nonetheless attending highschool, a lot of which move seamlessly into superior levels and job placement.
The UAFS WATC program serves 22 college districts from Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Scott, and Sebastian Counties, offering concurrent credit score lessons at no cost to taking part high-school college students.
“On the Peak Innovation Heart, college students full school programs and earn credentials whereas nonetheless attending highschool,” defined Dr. Latisha Settlage, Dean of the Faculty of Enterprise and Trade at UAFS. “By WATC, we will supply concurrent credit that not solely bolster school portfolios and shorten the timeline to incomes bachelor’s levels, however which additionally result in completion of technical certificates, certificates of proficiency, and even affiliate levels in high-demand fields whereas college students are nonetheless in highschool.”
Dr. Gary Udouj, director of Profession Training and District Innovation for Fort Smith Public Colleges stated, “We’re thrilled college students from across the area can have the chance to expertise hand-on coaching in labs that function state-of-the-art gear unmatched in our state, making certain that we will proceed to boost the trajectory of scholars’ success.”
The next programs now energetic at Peak embrace automation and robotics, pc built-in machining, electronics expertise/industrial upkeep, emergency medical responder, medical workplace assistant, community engineering, and unmanned aerial programs.
College students enrolled in automotive expertise, computer-aided drafting, and welding will stay on the College of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus. The licensed nursing assistant and licensed sensible nursing packages will end the spring semester on the College of Arkansas- Fort Smith campus, however will likely be provided at Peak this fall.
“Peak Innovation Heart is a key element of the Fort Smith Public Colleges’ Imaginative and prescient 2023 Strategic Plan and the results of Fort Smith and Barling citizen funding and a collaborative partnership between our public colleges, the College of Arkansas – Fort Smith, the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, enterprise and trade companions, and state and nationwide assist, securing an impactful funding for the expansion of our college students,” Udouj added.
The UAFS WATC program serves 22 college districts from Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Scott, and Sebastian Counties, offering concurrent credit score lessons at no cost to taking part high-school college students, reported Rachel Rodemann Putman, UAFS spokeswoman.