UACCH’s Chuck Jordan Receives ARDLA Award for Excellence in Distance Learning

With the increased use of technology on today’s college campuses it is critical to have a good technical support crew.  The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that the Arkansas Distance Learning Association has recognized Chuck Jordan, Director of Computer Services at UACCH for his outstanding technical support and service.

Chuck Jordan and the Computer Services Department at UACCH have played a vital role in the operations of the University of Arkansas Online Consortium.  The U of A Consortium collectively connects three community colleges through a complex infrastructure that was designed, created and maintained by the UACCH Computer Services Department.  This U of A online intranet that they designed allows instructors and administrators access to critical information across campus boundaries while expanding the student’s access to more online courses than any one institution could offer. 

But Chuck Jordan doesn’t just work with the U of A Consortium Network. He also manages the UACCH network that is enrolling record numbers of students and expanding its technology needs each semester.  It is people like Chuck Jordan and the Computer Services Department at UACCH who make this College a great place to pursue your educational dreams.

Hope’s Own Award Winning Floral Shop Teaches Holiday Decorating Class

With the Holidays approaching, many are already thinking of decorating and entertaining this year. The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that the 2010 Arkansas Floral Designer of the Year, Bitsy Carter, AMF and renown florist Wendel McCorkle, AMF will be holding a holiday floral design workshop. The class will be held at Hope Floral, 501 South Main St, from 10-2p.m. Saturday, November 13th.

Learn how to make your very own beautiful home decor using the newest products, such as DecoMesh. This class is designed to accommodate various skill levels, from beginners to experienced designers. You’ll learn to work with and make fabulous holiday wreaths, swags, arrangements, and Christmas trees. Our award-winning design expert will share wonderful hints and creative ideas for bringing the best of the season into your home. Bring along a friend for a day of floral holiday fun! Lunch and some supplies are included in registration fee.

This Holiday Floral Workshop is $45.00 and prepaid registration necessary. To register contact, Nancy Kenworthy at 870-722-8102.

UACCH Practical Nursing Students Excel on State Board Exams

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that 97% of the 33 Practical Nursing Students who took the State Nursing Board Exam passed the first time. This is an 8% increase over last year’s first-time pass rate. When students and faculty were asked what one element would you accredit to the increased success they were quick to discuss the increased simulation experiences that have been added to the UACCH nursing program as a key aid to the increased success.

Simulation was first added with the purchase of the SimMan in 2007. This technology has allowed students to work through simulated scenarios multiple times and helps with learning and retaining the information that is need to be successful in the nursing field. Last year this simulation lab was expanded with the use of Economic Incentive Funds and added as a rotation in the Practical Nursing program.

Congratulations on a job well done.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Power Plant Technology Program Partnership

Pictured: UACCH Chancellor and Corps of Engineers stop for picture in Blakely Mountain Power House Control Room with Kurt Caldwell who will be the first student to participate in the new partnership between the Corps of Engineers and UACCH.  Pictured Left to Right:  Chris Thomason, Chancellor of UACCH; Brenda Meeks, Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers; Kurt Caldwell, Student Career Experience Participant; Randy Sanders, UACCH Dean of Technical and Industrial Professions; and Dusty Wilson, Power Project Manager for Vicksburg Corps of Engineers.   

Chris Thomason, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, recently met with representatives from the Vicksburg District of the US Army Corps of Engineers to establish a partnership between UACCH and the US Army Corps of Engineers. This partnership will allow a student in the federal Student Career Experience Program to pursue the Associates of Applied Science in Power Plant Technology at UACCH. The Power Plant Technology program at UACCH, which focuses on electrical power generation, has proven to be a needed curriculum for multiple industries across this region.

The Vicksburg District of the US Army Corps of Engineers operates three of the 16 hydroelectric plants in Arkansas which include Blakely Mountain at Lake Ouachita, Narrows at Lake Greeson, and DeGray at Lake DeGray. The Corps of Engineers contacted UACCH when the Power Plant Technology program became available and expressed an interest in having their trainees a part of this program.

Dusty Wilson, Power Project Manager for the Vicksburg District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, said, “We are pleased that UACCH has established the Power Plant Technology program. We feel it will be a key element in training future employees to operate and maintain our hydropower facilities.”

The Associates of Applied Science in Power Plant Technology Program is designed for entry-level employment in the operation of facilities where steam and/or electricity is generated; such as modern fossil fuel power plants, food processing plants, paper mills, tire and rubber product manufacturers, water treatment facilities, or other. Graduates will master the theories and responsibilities of plant operations and the mechanical and chemical technologies needed for working in related industrial operations. All participants in the program must successfully complete the courses listed in the first year of study, referred to as the “Core”. Upon completion of the core, students must select a major emphasis from one of the four options. They are: Power Plant Operation, Electrical and Instrument Tech, Welding, or Machinist.

Chancellor Chris Thomason said, “UACCH is extremely proud of our partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That partnership is direct evidence of the high quality of our Power Plant Technology Program design and our commitment to effective student learning. The Corps represents the highest standard of efficient and effective operation in their mission. UACCH will benefit just from the association with such an impressive organization. More important, our students and their employees will have a tremendous career opportunity through this collaboration. The Corps has high expectations of their employees, while providing them with the highest level of support. I am confident that our Power Plant Technology Program and this partnership will benefit the Corps on both counts.”

The first student to participate in this partnership is Kurt Caldwell of Murfreesboro. Kurt has worked for the Corps of Engineers at Lake Greeson and will be attending classes here at UACCH this Spring Semester. For more information about UACCH and the work we are doing to be the bridge to a brighter future, visit our website at

UACCH Breaks Fall Enrollment Record

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that it has the largest enrollment in the history of the institution this semester with 1557 students enrolled in classes. This is also the first time in the history of the College that Fall Enrollment has exceeded the 1500 mark. This increased enrollment is a 4.4% increase from last fall.

As you look back over the past few semesters, the growth that UACCH has experienced is amazing. The climb in enrollment started during the Spring Semester of 2009 when enrollment hit 1336. Graduation that year also proved to be a recording setting event with the largest graduation since 2005.

The Fall of 2009 semester continued to show increasing enrollment numbers with a Fall of 2009 Semester Enrollment of 1492. This was also the first semester for the new Science Technology Center which was completed on schedule and opened just days before classes began in August of 2009.

UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason reflects on this new enrollment record. Thomason said, “This record enrollment is a great accomplishment for the community and Southwest Arkansas. So many work hard to lend their support to make UACCH successful. I believe our student focus approach is the key to our success and I want to thank each of our students who have enrolled this semester. I applaud them for their dedication to overcoming an array of obstacles to pursue their education.”

UACCH is pleased to be a bridge to the future for the community and looks forward to continuing to serve the area for many years. For more information about UACCH, visit our website at

Beginner Cake Decorating

Learn the creative skills and techniques needed to beautifully decorate cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for special occasions such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, and more! The fee includes some supplies. CALL FOR SUPPLY LIST. 870-722-8102

Monday nights. Sept. 20 to Oct. 11 6 pm – 8 pm

For more information, please contact Nancy Kenworthy at 870-722-8102.

Computer Basics for Beginners

Do you have a computer and want to learn more about it? Do you want to gain valuable computer skills for work? This course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of computers. Topics covered include basic computer parts, Windows, e-mail, Internet, and more.

Tues, Wed, Thurs, September 14-16, 2010 10:00am to 12:00 noon

For more information, please contact Nancy Kenworthy at 870-722-8102.

"Pulling" for Education Trap Shoot



Fourth Annual Trap Shoot to benefit the UACCH Foundation.

Sponsored By: AEP/SWEPCO

Three Person Team Competition

Guns, Ammunition, and Awards Provided By: Farm Bureau

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation
Education Center, Columbus, AR
Friday, October 22, 2010, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Lunch Provided By:

Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas

Live Auction and Dinner
Thursday, October 21
6:00 p.m.
Cajun Shrimp Boil at Fulton Grass

Hosted by:

Congressman Mike Ross

Senator Larry Teague

Representative David “Bubba” Powers

For more information, please contact the UACCH Office of Institutional Advancement at 870-722-8516.

UACCH TRiO Student Success Services Awards

UACCH TRiO Student Support Services recently awarded 7 students Supplemental Grants. Pictured are grant the following grant recipients and UACCH personnel. Individuals on the front left to right include Bobby James, Vice-Chancellor for Student Service; grant recipients Cassandra Muldrow, Hannah Hart, and Amanda Parks; Lekiesa Willis TRiO SSS Administrative Assistant; grant recipient Shawna Cooks, Jerri Nelson; TRiO Coordinator Vergina Smith, and TRiO Director, Mary White. The back row left to right TRiO Counselor Steve Ogden; grant recipient Brittany Beaver; Counselor Carolynn Beasley and grant recipient George Hawthorne.

UACCH TRiO Student Success Services Awards Supplemental Grants to Seven Students

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that the TRiO Student Support Services recently awarded seven supplemental grants to very deserving students. The Student Support Services team at UACCH is striving to help each student further their education. One way they help is with the financial struggles and obstacles that so often get in the way of a student and their education.

In this case, TRiO Student Success Services was able to award seven -$1,097 grants to students who applied for the assistance by completing the TRiO Supplemental Grant Application. The recipients of these grants were very surprised when they were informed during the recent ceremony that they had been selected to receive these funds. The reactions from the recipients ranged from tears of joy to screams of celebration. Each of them almost instantly had a list of financial needs that these funds would help them overcome.

To qualify for the funds the students had to meet the following criteria. They had to be enrolled at UACCH for 3 or more hours, TRiO SSS participant, have an unmet need on the Pell Grant Award, a GPA of 2.0 or better, and be pre-enrolled for the Fall of 2010 semester. Each of these recipients met or exceeded these requirements for the supplemental grant award.

UACCH would like to congratulate these grant recipients. The College is proud to be the bridge to the future for our students and the community. For more information about UACCH, visit our website at