ATCC celebrates 40th anniversary | People
The Arkansas Tech University Career Center commemorated its 40th anniversary with a celebration Thursday, April 4.
Founded in 1972 as the Russellville High School Area Vocational Career Center under the helm of Director Bill Lewis – serving students from Atkins, Danville, Dardanelle, Dovor, Hector, Pottsville and Russellville – in 2011 the center (by then known as the Arkansas Career and Technical Center) merged with Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
ATCC presently serves 11 high schools in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties, offering 9 industry-driven, job-specific programs that prepare high school students for immediate employment or further education. In fact, students earn concurrent college credit.
The 40th anniversary ceremony saw alumnus and former administrators, faculty and staff mixing with today’s students, faculty and staff and hearing from several Arkansas Tech administrators, who spoke of the center’s importance in the region.
Arkansas Tech President Robert C. Brown said, “We recognize that education is a continuum, and we consider this center to be one of our most important assets,” adding that “work, life and citizenship” are all core components of a valuable education.
“And that’s the mission here.”
Other speakers included Arkansas Tech-Ozark Chancellor Jo Alice Blondin, ATCC Director Pat Edmunds and Arkansas Tech-Ozark Chief Academic Officer Bruce Sikes.