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Industrial Technology Program to Roll Out
Jonesboro - Nine area school administrators and NEA industrial representatives joined Northeast Arkansas Career & Tech Center staff in the latest of several advisory committee meetings January 11th to discuss the upcoming Industrial Technology (IT) program of study.

ITJan11The program is being created and designed to meet the maintenance needs of Northeast Arkansas industry.  The initial advisory meeting was held September 15th, as industrial representatives met with NEACTC Director Eddie Crain and area superintendents to begin discussions for a new program of study.  During the meeting, industrial representatives outlined initial criteria so that curriculum could be created to provide student skills to meet high-demand positions in industrial maintenance.

Initially, Frito-Lay North America Maintenance Manager Boyce Sherrill joined JPS representatives and NEACTC personnel to visit other similar programs of study.  On trips to North Little Rock and Siloam Springs, members of the Industrial Technology Advisory Committee reviewed equipment, trainers, facilities, and met with officials at each school to discuss the process of custom-designing a program of study to meet local industry needs--rather than roll out a select set of curriculum standards designed by the state but not necessarily designed to meet localized industrial needs.

Crain told committee members that approval from the state department is expected "any day now."  Attendees at the January meeting numbered 43 including ASUN representatives (NEACTC post-secondary partner) and equipment supplier Richard Carr of Sivad, Inc.  Joel Sharp of Arkansas Glass Container Corporation provided the keynote message, noting how important the program could be not only for NEA industry, but vital for Jonesboro as well.

Prior to the advisory meeting, members toured local industries Nice-Pak and Camfil APC.  HR Manager Bettina Rogers-Timmons of Nice-Pak, and Brian Richardson, Camfil Quality, Safety, and CI Manager, both IT advisory committee members, worked with Crain to set up tours for the committee.

Applications are also being accepted for the IT instructor position.  Click the employment tab at the top of the screen to learn more or to apply.

Counselors and parents, we urge you to speak to your child today about this new program of study--enroll today or call 870-933-5891 for more information.

Students Ready for National Competition
Jonesboro - Students will travel in the company of instructors Zane Johnson and Raelyne Massey to San Diego California to compete in national FCCLA competition.
Megan Howlett, Avery Howard, and Alyssa Boylan will represent Northeast Arkansas Career & Tech Center in the Golden State this June.

Linda Keys, Arkansas CTE FACS Program Coordinator visited NEACTC in late May to present Howlett, Howard, and Boylan certificates recognizing their state championship efforts earlier this year.

Each student was awarded a medal and scholarship to the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.  Howlett received a $5,000 scholarship (1st place), Howard $3,000 scholarship (2nd place), and Boylan $2,000 (3rd place).

Congratulations all and here's to a tasty summer in San Diego!

NEACTC Students Win State Championships
Hot Springs - NEA Career & Tech Center students won three state championships in the state of Arkansas SkillsUSA competition April 12th.Skills_Sara_2016

A total of fourteen NEA Career & Tech Center students placed first, second, or third at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Skills_Conrey_2016 Three new banners will now don the entrance at your regional Career & Tech Center for state championship performances in Commercial Baking, CNC Turning Specialist, and HVACR.  Banners were awarded in 2015 for state championships in HVACR (2014 also) and CNC Milling.

Sara Chamness (Valley View), Garrett Conrey (Westside), and Hunter Carr (Greene County Tech) were awarded gold medals in the impressive closing ceremony April 13th.Skills_Carr_2016

Silver medals for state runnerup performances went to Zachary Poe (Greene County Tech), David Morrow (Jonesboro), Axl Niemeyer (Westside), Ryan Draper (Greene County Tech), and Ryan Schmidgall (Westside).

Bringing home bronze medals were Zackarie Combs (Nettleton), Jensen Russell (Westside), Justin Prine (Westside), Heather Smith (Valley View), Shayla Burcham (Brookland), and Caylin Fort (Westside) for winning third place in statewide competition.

Skills_Connar_2016Students participated in automotive service, health science technology, criminal justice, advanced manufacturing/CIM, automotive collision, culinary arts, and HVACR.

CONGRATULATIONS once again to all students participating in SkillsUSA state competition!

Haas Foundation Awards Tech Center $7,500

Jonesboro - The Northeast Arkansas Career and Technical Center has been awarded $7,500 for student scholarships.

The announcement was made by Kathy Looman, Gene Haas Foundation Administrator.

This is the second consecutive year that NEACTC has been awarded.  In 2015, Carey Beavers, representing the Gene Haas Foundation, presented instructor Ricky Barker with a check in the amount of $10,000.Haas7500

The remaining $7,000 from the original grant will be announced in the annual Career and Tech Center awards ceremony April 22nd.  Seven students will each be awarded with a $1,000 scholarship to support their post-secondary career in a machining-based program at the college of their choice.

Scholarships are provided to NEACTC current or former students currently enrolled in or that will be enrolling in a machining-based training program at the college level.

Funds may also be used to pay for student certification costs for NIMS, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.  Obtaining student certifications will be crucial in the future to support career and technical education in the state.

According to Barker, “This is the exact type of support that our students need.  I cannot be more appreciative of the support of the Gene Haas Foundation.”

Automotive Students Earn College Scholarships
Marked Tree - Two NEACTC students from Westside earned full tuition scholarships while six NEACTC students overall earned scholarships to Arkansas State University Newport in competitions held on the Marked Tree campus in late March.

AS_AC1Students competed in automotive service (AS) and automotive collision (AC).

AS students competed in parts identification for all eight ASE certification areas although only four areas are included in Career & Tech Center curriculum.

ASWinners in the AS competition:
-Joel Felkins (Westside), first place
-Mason Mitchell (Paragould), second place
-Dylan Hatcher (Valley View), third place

AC students participated in auto body plastic repair, parts identification, and completed an ASE written exam.

ACAC winners included:
-Jensen Russell (Westside), first place
-Mackenzie Butler (Greene County Tech), second place
-Ashton Exum (Paragould), third place

ASUN officials presented scholarships renewable for two years.  Full tuition scholarships were awarded to both Joel and Jensen as champions in their divisions.  Mason and Mackenzie received a $750 scholarship, while $500 was awarded per semester to both Dylan and Ashton.

AS_AC2NEACTC AS instructor David Ashlock noted how proud he was of his students.  "I was really proud of them and was a little surprised at some of them, how well they did," Ashlock said.  The instructor in auto collision is Jeff Smith.

NEACTC is a nationally accredited secondary technical center in both automotive service and automotive collision through NATEF, the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.  NEACTC students learn skills and pass rigorous testing to achieve prestigious ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certifications in both AS and AC.

Congratulations NEACTC students!  Keep up the excellent work!

Tech Center HOSA Students Win at State

Hot Springs - Northeast Arkansas Career & Tech Center students participated March 10th in HOSA state competition at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

HOSASeven students competed including Gwyna Bond (Bay), Leamonie Crawford & Julia Stevenson (Jonesboro), Jazmyn Walker & Haley Huckabee (Paragould), Krissy Fox (Valley View), and Maddie McLaughlin (Westside).

Medals were awarded based on placement including gold for first, silver for second, while third place contestants received bronze medals.

Gwyna Bond was the gold medalist in the personal care aide event.  Winning silver medals were Krissy Fox in the nursing assistant competition and Julia Stevenson in job seeking skills.  Leamonie Crawford was bronze medalist in the designing health poster competition.

The group further received recognition for their national service project with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  The group's sponsor, Ms. Sondra Cline, RN, NEACTC health science teacher noted that she was, "Very proud of her class for their fund raising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  It is a very worthy cause and I am proud of my students for their efforts."HOSA2a

HOSA, future health professionals organization, was created in 1975.  Its purpose is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Technology Education instructional program.

Congratulations to the 2016 NEACTC HOSA chapter for your excellent efforts!


HVACR Students Place in Residential Wiring

Marked Tree - HVACR students ready to wire a new home?  Well, not quite, but four of Robert Tucker's HVACR students who competed, placed in the top eight in competition February 23rd.

According to NEACTC instructor Robert Tucker, students learn basic electrical circuitry during their course of study in HVACR.  "The neat thing is that my students work for about two weeks to get the wiring skills for my course then they go to competition and compete very well.  And, they compete with students that are in actual electrical wiring classes where my students are in HVAC class, and not an electrical class."


Hunter Carr (Greene County Tech) finished as runnerup.  Enrique Lopez (Nettleton) finished number five, Hunter Douglas (Riverside) was sixth, and Caitlyn Patterson (Nettleton) placed eighth in a field of 20 participants in residential wiring.

HVAC_Wire2a"I am very proud of my students.  Last year we did not get to compete because of snow and ice.  But this year they made up for it," Tucker stated.

As a foot​note to this story, Enrique Lopez registered a perfect score on the Unive
rsal EPA Certification exam March 15th.

RTEPA certification allows an individual to purchase refrigerant, a restricted product, and to use in servicing.  Tucker said that this makes a student very valuable to an employer when they pass this exam.  Tucker noted that he has had numerous students pass the EPA exam in the past several years.

Congratulations Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration students!  Now, when you get that home wired, you can install and service your own HVAC system....now that's impressive.


Governor Tours NEA Career & Tech Center

Jonesboro - Recently, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson toured Northeast Arkansas Career & Tech Center, visiting with staff, students, and local administrators.  The governor visited each of the center's twelve programs of study during his visit.


Hutchinson addressed funding concerns prior to the tour.  The governor noted that it is time to revisit funding for Arkansas' career and technical education centers across the state. 

All funding necessary for center operation is derived from local school tuition and state career and technical education funding.  Governor Hutchinson said that he was aware that state funds have not risen in well over a decade.  Career & Tech Center Director Eddie Crain said state funding is actually decreasing as enrollment increases both locally and statewide.

During the facility tour, Governor Hutchinson spoke with numerous students about their post-secondary plans after high school graduation.

The governor noted in closing remarks to local media, that he was impressed with what he had seen during the visit and that the skills students attained while attending the center would lead to higher paying jobs and attract jobs to the state.

Charisse Childers, Arkansas Department of Career Education Director, met with NEACTC administrators following the tour to discuss the changing landscape of career and technical education in the state.