Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus has been awarded a $644,000.00 Regional Workforce Grant.

The Regional Workforce Grant program, sponsored by the Arkansas State Legislature, seeks to establish career and technical education programs designed with feedback and input from local area employers and industries. The goal of the program is to provide access to relevant career training in support of regional industries as identified by employers.

ATU-Ozark will utilize these grant monies to increase development in its current automation, robotics and industrial control systems degree program with the additional training in machinist technology and computer-aided drafting.

These skill sets support the manufacturing needs represented in the Arkansas River Valley region. ATU-Ozark recognized the need for machinist training and its relation to the automated systems found in today’s manufacturing.

“Automation is a key component of the future of our industries. ATU-Ozark recognizes and prioritizes automation and its economic role in our river valley region,” stated Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Chancellor Bruce Sikes. “This grant opportunity enables our campus to continue providing relevant educational access to the communities we serve.”