Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Art Exhibit Coming to ANC

Arkansas Northeastern College
“Selections from A-State’s
Delta National Small Prints Exhibitions”

“Selections from A-State’s Delta National Small Prints Exhibitions” will open to the public beginning Monday April 14 in the Adams/Vines Gallery on the Blytheville ANC campus. Founded in 1996 by Arkansas State University professor of art Evan Lindquist and produced by the Bradbury Gallery, this exhibition has received great acclaim as it has grown to be one of the country’s foremost annual competitions for prints.
Artists from across the country and around the world submit their prints annually to be considered for inclusion in this exhibition.  Each year as the popularity of the show increases a greater number of artists from a larger number of states and countries apply.  These entries are then reviewed by a nationally respected expert who determines which prints will be included.  The juror, as the position is called, also selects all of the award winners, including the purchase prizes which become a part of the A-State Permanent Collection of Art. This blind process is done without the juror being informed of the name or location of the artists, only the title, medium and dimensions of each print are known.
This exhibition features a selection of award winning prints which span several years.  Included in the exhibition are prints by Yuji Hiratsuka, Florence Alfano McEwin, Babette Mayor, Anne Chesnut, Ross Racine, Norman Wagner, Sang-Mi Yoo, David Warren, Dodie Warren, Kathy L. McGhee, Ella Weber and Chunwoo Nam.
 ANC Gallery hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Or call for an appointment. The exhibition is free and open to the public.  For additional information please contact Mary Ann Garren , Community Education , 870-762-3168

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Upcoming Community Education Classes

April 12: Saturday only- One Day Crash Course in Excel- 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.- ANC campus
Fee: $40 for class and $21.00 for book
April 14,15,16: Mon-Wed: 5:30-9:00- Hunters’ Education – ANC Sullins Bldg.- Lecture Hall Fee: Free
April 14-April  22: Mondays: 6:00- 8:00 -Basic Automotive- Burdette Center- Learn some basic information about how to maintain your car. Fee: $40
April 17: Leachville Library- Thursday: 5-7 p.m. Getting Our Hearts Right- Cost: Free
(for teachers, childcare providers, parents, community leaders. For anyone who has ever experienced conflict at home, work or school! Facilitator: Pam Pruett, University of Ark. , County Extension Office.
April 24: ANC- Adams Vines Bldg- Rm L101- Getting Our Hearts Right- Cost: Free
May 8:  Leachville Library- Thursday: 5-7 p.m.- Identity Theft: How to Prevent It- Cost: Free
May 9-May 30: Fridays: 9-11 a.m. Microsoft Word – ANC- Sullins Bldg. Rm.B-207-
Cost: $48- Learn the basics, along with how to create bulletins, flyers and scrapbooks.
For more information or to register for classes, call Mary Ann Garren at 870-762-3168 or e-mail For a complete list of all classes, check out your local library, Facebook, and the ANC Community Ed Calendar.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Upcoming ANC Community Ed Exercise Classes

April 3-May 6: 6-7 p.m.- Zumba- Tues/Thurs- ANC Wellness Center- Fee: $40- Exercise to dance music.
April 7-May 1: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dig Deep Boot Camp- ANC Wellness Center- 3 days a week for 4 weeks- $60-
April 15-May 8: Tues/Thurs- 5:00-6:15 p.m. Aerobics- 0-5K with Keith Hearnsberger- ANC Wellness Center
Fee: $40
For more information or to register for classes, call Mary Ann Garren at 870-762-3168 or e-mail For a complete list of all classes, check out your local library, Facebook, and the ANC Community Ed Calendar.

ANC to Offer 2 New Scholarships

In a special board meeting of the Arkansas Northeastern College Board of Trustees held Wednesday
(March 26), two new institutional scholarships were approved.

An institutional scholarship was approved as a temporarily-available scholarship to be offered the Fall 2014 semester. The INET 40 Scholarship decreases the Internet courses to a flat $40 dollars per credit hour for students interested in pursuing an online degree at ANC who have either never attended ANC or who have not attended within the previous two years. The INET 40 Scholarship does not have a residency requirement and officials hope to reach individuals living inside Mississippi County as well within ANC’s service region, including Craighead and Greene Counties and the Bootheel of Missouri.

The INET 40 Scholarship offers qualifying students a net tuition/fee cost of $40 per credit hour for up to 12 credit hours per semester. It will be made available for the equivalent of up to approximately 100 full-time students and will be available to those attending either part-time or full-time. This scholarship is only available to students pursuing degrees that ANC offers entirely online.

Because developmental coursework is not currently designed or best delivered online, only students
not requiring remedial coursework will be academically eligible. The scholarship will carry forward for qualifying students enrolling in the Fall 2014 semester to provide these students the opportunity to finish their degrees with the scholarship’s assistance. Students starting the Fall 2014 semester on part-time status only will be able to receive elevated amounts of scholarship assistance in subsequent semesters (to attend full-time, for instance) if scholarship funds are available.

To take advantage of this scholarship opportunity, new students or students who have not attended ANC for at least two years, must enroll this coming Fall semester. This scholarship opportunity is temporarily available. There are no current plans to offer this scholarship to new students entering after the Fall 2014 semester. Students not taking advantage of the INET 40 Scholarship this Fall may not have the opportunity to receive it in the future.

The purpose of the INET 40 Scholarship is to advance online education and encourage college attendance at ANC for students who have never attended ANC or who have not attended in recent years.

The second institutional scholarship, the Early College Scholarship, was approved. It offers students
enrolled in all Mississippi County high schools, public or private and including Buffalo Island Central, net tuition/fee cost of $25 per credit hour for up to six hours of concurrent credit per semester for students. The Early College Scholarship applies to blended online/Advanced Placement courses, live general education offerings delivered to local high schools, and courses taken independently by county high school students while concurrently enrolled in high school.

ANC can serve up to 300 county high school students each year through this scholarship. If all 300
scholarships are not utilized by Mississippi County students during their registration process for each
upcoming school year, remaining concurrent credit scholarships would be offered to students at other
Arkansas high schools within the ANC service district such as Greene and Craighead Counties. ANC
officials met with all seven county school superintendents on March 19 to present this proposal. The
superintendents predicted high interest and demand. To allow the local schools to factor this opportunity into their planning for FY15 that is occurring presently, staff made a request of the Chairman to call a special meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The Early College Scholarship will be ongoing from year to year. The purpose of the scholarship is to
increase affordable college access to area high school students and to increase college matriculation rates, particularly students matriculating to ANC.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Community Employers Meet at ANC

Local representatives from business, industry, and education gather at ANC's Governors Ballroom to hear details about the newly revived WORK Program.

WORK Program Coordinator Doug Echols explains the attendance policy of the Work Orientation and Retraining Keys Program to representatives of business, industry and education to emphasize that participants in the program will be expected to be dependable employees.

Community members from all sectors including business, industry, Workforce Services and education gathered for breakfast at the Governors Ballroom, on the campus of Arkansas Northeastern College, Friday, August 15, to learn about the newly revived WORK Program. Workforce Orientation & Retraining Keys (WORK) is a sixty clock hour program designed to lift under-skilled local residents living in poverty out of poverty and, simultaneously, advance economic development by expanding the local workforce.
“Through industry and community support, this program will reach out and find people who currently are not supporting themselves and give them the opportunity to learn the skills to be productive in the workforce. Not only is the WORK Program free to participants, it also incorporates an incentive pay to the students as long as they continue to meet the demands of the program, including showing up for each class on time,” said Dr. James Shemwell, President of Arkansas Northeastern College.
The eight-week program represents a comprehensive partnership effort among Arkansas Northeastern College, the Great River Economic Development Foundation, the Mississippi County Equal Opportunity Commission, area industries, community and faith-based leaders, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and is offered to participants at no cost.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Certificate Program in General Industry Technology

In its efforts to prepare individuals for the local job market, Arkansas Northeastern College is proud to offer a new Certificate Program in General Industry Technology.  Requiring only 16 credit hours (five or six courses depending on the electives taken), the General Industry Technology Program offers interested individuals a quick option for preparing for the Mississippi County manufacturing workforce.

The General Industry Technology Certificate Programis eligible for federal financial aid. Additional funding opportunities are also available to students and can be explored with members of the ANC Financial Aid staff.

“This new certificate program in General Industry Technology will develop basic skills and knowledge that could be useful in applying for a position with an industrial employer,” said Gene Bennett, ANC Dean for Economic Development who added that holding such a credential could be beneficial for someone looking to get his or her foot in the door with local industry. “We have lots of job growth facing us here in Mississippi County. This certificate could be the ticket for someone wanting to get a job with one of our industrial employers.”

Given the prospect for industrial growth throughout Mississippi County, this new offering will help students, who complete the program, delineate themselves fromother applicants as they will be able to bring needed skills to the workforce. With courses such as Basic Electricity, Industrial Safety, and Introduction to Manufacturing, students will receive a general knowledge and preparation of different areas of a manufacturing plant.

“This program offers a wonderful opportunity to learn the employability skills needed to find work in our local job market and to do so in a relatively short amount of time,” said Bennett.

With courses for the program being offered both day and evening and in Blytheville and Osceola, students have flexibility in managing their schedules. Still, to ensure class availability and the opportunity for additional financial assistance, individuals are encouraged to enroll now.

Because the new program in General Industry Technology has been designated as Trimue Pathways Travel Stipend eligible, students living in Mississippi County may receive financial assistance with their travel expenses.  Gas vouchers will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to General Industry Technology studentsthrough the ACE Advising Center. Students enrolling in the program could receive a travel stipend (roughly equal to $40 every two weeks) if they meet regularly with an advisor and demonstrate satisfactory progress.

“The goal is to break down barriers for students and help promote intensive, one-on-one counseling to increasestudent success and to incentivize certificate programs with local job demand,” stated ANC President Dr. JamesShemwell.

“It’s just another way that ANC can help students while also training for our local workforce,” added Bennett.

Anyone interested in this program or other ANC offerings should contact the Admissions Office at 870-838-2948 to get started. Registration is currently ongoing for the fall semester, but once classes begin it will be too late to enroll.  

“Trimue Pathways Travel Stipends and course availability cannot be guaranteed, so interested individualsshould call as soon as possible,” said Bennett.


Friday, June 21, 2013

ANC and ART Partner to Provide Internship for Aviation Maintenance Students

In an effort to establish a stream of highly qualified job applicants for the aviation maintenance workforce, Arkansas Northeastern College has partnered with Aviation Repair Technologies (ART) in Blytheville to provide an internship program for its aviation maintenance studentsThe desire is to provide incentive to students to complete the program and become certified aircraft maintenance technicians.

This relationship should mutually benefit both parties as well as the students served by fulfilling the needs of ART for a qualified entry level workforce and supporting ANC’s effort to build a viable Aviation Maintenance Program that will benefit residences of Northeast Arkansas.
Though in its initial planning phase, the desire is for ANC todevelop students for ART to interview for possible acceptanceas an ART intern who will also attend the ANC Aviation Maintenance program.  ANC will establish a late afternoon cohort dedicated to (but not exclusively) ART interns. This cohort will meet four days a week for six hours each day. The total time from start to completion is estimated to be twenty-six months.

Because of the commitment on the part of the student, ART has agreed to provide interns with a minimum of 30 hours of paidwork per week with the opportunity to work additional hours, if required, during periods when there will be no classes. No hours are guaranteed by ART but it is hoped that a steady, weekly,workload can be maintained so the interns derive a steady flow of income while being full-time students.

Though ART will not cover the cost of tuition, fees and books, intern students will have the same funding options available to them as other ANC students. This includes federal financial aid and privately funded scholarships. To be retained in the Aviation Maintenance Program, interns must follow all policies and requirements of the ANC program. They must also maintain a2.5 grade point average.

The decision to hire full-time or remove students from the intern program rests solely with ART, but does not extend to the student’s status in the ANC program. ART will determine the number of interns it accepts each semester.

Registration for the Fall semester aviation maintenance courses is currently underway. For more information, contact the ACME Center at 870-762-2726.