Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Prentice Joy Colston Memorial Scholarship Established at ANC

Mr. William Colston of Blytheville presented the ANC Foundation with a $25,000 check yesterday (June 17, 2019) for the establishment of a scholarship in honor of his late wife. It will be available for award this fall semester.

THE PRENTICE JOY COLSTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - The Prentice Joy Colston Memorial Scholarship was established in the summer of 2019 by Mrs. Colston's family. Mrs. Prentice Joy Colston was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, to Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Coleman on October 24, 1937. Joy was raised in Blytheville and attended Blytheville Public Schools . She married her high school sweetheart William E. Colston, both graduates of Blytheville High School, class of 1955. They moved several times over the years but moved back to Blytheville because it was always home. She was a loving Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Joy died April 16,2019, after a lengthy battle of Alzheimer’s. It is the desire of Mrs. Colston's family to pay tribute to her memory through an annual scholarship award of $500 each semester (Fall & Spring) to a student(s) in one of ANC's nursing programs. Qualified students must be accepted in either the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Program or the Practical Nursing (LPN) Program and must maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funds may be used toward tuition, fees, and/or books, up to $1,000 a year, and are available to both full-time and part-time students. Applicants must follow the general application process. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

ANC Hires Chief Academic Officer

New ANC Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Keith McClanahan

Arkansas Northeastern College Hires Chief Academic Officer

Following an exhaustive, year-long search, the Arkansas Northeastern College has selected a new Chief Academic Officer.  Dr. Keith McClanahan will join ANC as the new Vice President of Instruction on July 1, 2019.  In this capacity, he serves as the Chief Academic Officer and is responsible for all academic programs offered by ANC.  McClanahan comes to ANC from Ozarka College in Melbourne where he has served as Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning since July 2015.

McClanahan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Science - Electrical from the University of Mississippi.  He earned his Specialist Degree in Community College Teaching and his Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.

Prior to his time at Ozarka College, McClanahan worked for 20 years at Arkansas State University - Beebe where he held a variety of positions including Director of the Advanced Technology and Allied Health Division, Industrial Relations Coordinator, Director of the Economic Development Center, Director of Continuing Education, Director of Workforce Training, Assistant Director and Director of Arkansas State Technical Institute (ASTI), and Director of ASTI Applied Arts at Arkansas State University - Beebe.

McClanahan has experience working in industry as a supervisor and project manager, and he is a 20-plus year veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he gained extensive training, education, world experiences and received numerous awards for his military service and achievements.  He began his military career as an enlisted electronics technician and progressed to the grade of Staff Sergeant (E-6).  He earned his bachelor's degree during this time and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.  He later earned his master's degree and served three years as a faculty member at the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering.  Additionally, he served in various staff and department head positions throughout his military career.  He served as an Operational Test Project Officer for the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity, Quantico, Virginia, during his last year in the Marine Corps.  His operational testing projects were UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS).  McClanahan left the Marine Corps at the grade of Major (O-4).

McClanahan is a graduate of the Arkansas Community Colleges Leadership Institute, the American Association of Community Colleges Future Presidents Institute, and the American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute.  Additionally, he is serving as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer for Open and Standard Pathways and is a member of the North Central Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board.  He also serves as a Governing Board Member for the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium and has served as a Board of Trustee member for the American Technical Education Association and as a member of the North Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.  McClanahan has also served on the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Committee, the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges Workforce Training Consortium, and the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority Manufacturing Extension Task Force on Advanced Technology.

"ANC is very fortunate to find someone as qualified and proven as Dr. Keith McClanahan, and we look forward to having him on our team and sharing his knowledge and experiences with us," said Dr. James Shemwell, ANC President.  "Dr. McClanahan is well-known and well-respected across the State, particularly in the areas of technical programs and institutional accreditation," Shemwell continued.

McClanahan will be taking over the helm of ANC Academic Programs where he will oversee the College's academic curricula, course scheduling, faculty and program assessment, program development, faculty development, and accreditation preparation and reporting.

"As a first generation college graduate, I am excited to be part of a student-focused and high-achieving college that clearly values student success in all it does.  I believe that ANC makes a difference in student lives and in its community through its educational and community activities.  I look forward to being part of that effort to help students achieve their educational goals at ANC in my role at the College," said McClanahan.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Arkansas Northeastern College Opens New Center for Allied Technologies



Arkansas Northeastern College's new Center for Allied Technologies will officially open its doors at its Grand Opening on Friday, August 17, 2018, just in time for the start of classes for the Fall Semester. A public open house is scheduled from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the new facility.

Construction on ANC’s Center for Allied Technologies  began in April 2017, and the 90,000 square foot center will be opened Friday. This new center will actually decrease the College’s overall facilities by 30,000 square feet by consolidating the Burdette Center, Harry L. Crisp Center, and the ACME Center—with an estimated costs savings for the College of approximately $100,000 a year in maintenance.  The Center for Allied Technologies features the headquarters for the College’s customized training force—The Solutions Group, including general purpose classrooms, electrical classroom & lab, mechanical classroom/lab, safety classroom/lab, HVACR classroom & lab, computer classroom, and large multi-purpose room. Additionally, a world-class welding laboratory will be available for students. ANC Technical Center students from area high schools will also be served on the ANC Main Campus by classroom & lab facilities for Aviation Technologies, Construction, Criminal Justice, Industrial Technologies, Medical Professions, and Welding.  The design incorporates a computer lab specifically for the ANC Technical Center.

Also featured is an aviation complex, combination non-destructive testing (NDT) & composites laboratory, and general purpose classrooms to fully accommodate ANC’s Federal Aviation Administration— certified Aviation Maintenance Program.  Other related facilities include an aircraft apron, paint booth, tool room and compass rose.
 The building design features a two-story-height aviation room, welding laboratory, and glass entrance tower to add to the building’s distinctiveness and appeal.

The Center is home to the newly created Arkansas Steel Academy (a partnership with the SMSgroup of Germany) and is scheduled to begin operations in 2019. By partnering with SMS, the Arkansas Northeastern College has become a satellite training hub for North America as a cost effective way to gain knowledge of cutting edge techniques in steelmaking and processing. The agreement between ANC and SMS group will allow companies to save the costs of overseas travel by providing a North American option for the renowned TECademy training.

The ANC Center for Allied Technologies impressively mixes hi-tech and industrial components into an educational delivery mode. The cost to complete this facility was approximately $14,400,000 including architectural and engineering fees. The new Center is supported by $1,805,000 of private donations. Three distinctive features at the main entrance are a 52-foot vestibule tower, an entrance garden honoring the late John Correnti, and an international flag court featuring national flags representing over two dozen corporate and private donors supporting the construction costs of the Center, including Japan, Argentina, Germany, Canada, and, of course, the United States of America.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

ANC Community Relations Hosted Fun Day at Word of Truth Global Ministries


Arkansas Northeastern College's Community Relations Department hosted a community Fun Day on April 28, 2018, at the Word of Truth Global Ministries where they were welcomed by Bishop Sunny and Tonya Osagie. This was one of several "Fun Days" held by the College as a recruitment opportunity but also as a community appreciation day. Three lucky winners went home with new bicycles while another won a game console.  

There were almost 150 people present for the event which included lots of good food, games, and ANC personnel sharing information about the College and the programs and services it has to offer. The Opportunity Bus was on hand to promote the initiative which provides free rides to and from ANC through the help of a 50% matching grant through the Arkansas Department of Human Services (ADHS) using United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SNAP E & T (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education & Training) funds. The Opportunity Bus operates a daily bus route through designated neighborhoods to bring students to ANC for education and training.  The service is free but requires advance registration. Service is available for all ANC students, including those engaged in non-credit workforce training and adult education programs. SNAP recipients receive first priority to comply with the Arkansas Department for Human Services matching grant that helps support the program .  Interested persons may call 870-780-1205 for further information.    

The next Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Living Word Cathedral C.O.G.I.C./ Pastor Archie Thomas at 503 West Semmes Osceola, from 10:00 am - 1:00pm.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Inc. Donates $25,000 Toward New ANC Center for Allied Technologies

Photo (L to R) Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Inc. board member Neil Burge, President/CEO Brad Harrison, and board member David Wildy, present ANC President Dr. James Shemwell with a check for $25,000 to be used toward the construction of Arkansas Northeastern College's Center for Allied Technologies.


April 26, 2018 – Arkansas Northeastern College’s Center for Allied Technologies project received another boost from local business as representatives of the Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Inc. presented a check for $25,000 to ANC President Dr. James Shemwell today.

“As we come to the final stages of construction on our new Center for Allied Technologies, we are so very pleased to have the Mississippi County Electric Cooperative donate toward the project. The fact that the College itself is not a customer of the MCEC utility company, shows how important they view the economic development work we are doing here for the citizens of this area. MCEC recognizes the value of education and has long been a supporter of educational initiatives in this county,” stated Shemwell.

For their donation to the new facility, MCEC will have naming rights to a general classroom.  
Construction of ANC Center for Allied Technologies began this spring and is scheduled to be completed in time for Fall classes in August 2018. The facility will provide students with more opportunities to learn in an atmosphere that will simulate real world work environments, where spaces and equipment are designed with the curriculum in mind. This facility will be a focal point for not only the campus, but the community as the 90,000 square foot building will boast beautiful architectural lines with the highest technological advances incorporated into the plans. 

MCEC has been a longtime supporter of Arkansas Northeastern College. “We are so very appreciative to have the support of companies like the Mississippi County Electric Cooperative,” said Shemwell, citing a long relationship with the company that includes years of support to ANC Foundation events.

The Center for Allied Technologies, to be located on the ANC Main Campus, will actually decrease the College’s overall facilities by 30,000 square feet by consolidating the Burdette Center, Harry L. Crisp Center, and the Aircraft Metals and Engineering (ACME) Center—with an estimated costs savings for the College of approximately $100,000 a year in maintenance.  This new facility will feature a headquarters for the College’s customized training force—The Solutions Group, including general purpose classrooms, electrical classroom & lab, mechanical classroom/lab, safety classroom/lab, heating, ventilation and air conditioning classroom & laboratory, computer classroom, and large multi-purpose room. Additionally, a world-class welding laboratory will be available for students.

Technical-Secondary Center students from area high schools also will be served by this facility through classroom & laboratories for advanced manufacturing, welding, criminal justice, education, and construction/carpentry.  The design incorporates a computer lab for the Technical-Secondary Center. Also featured is an aircraft hangar/lab, combination non-destructive testing (NDT) & composites laboratory, and general purpose classrooms to fully accommodate ANC’s Federal Aviation Administration—certified Aviation Maintenance Program.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ANC at the Arkansas SkillsUSA Competition

(L-R) Justin Lee, Malory Ennis, and David Carney

April 20, 2018 – The Arkansas Northeastern College Technical Center at Burdette took 15 high school competitors to the Arkansas SkillsUSA State Competitions last week in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  ANC Tech Center’s Crime Scene Investigation Team consisting of Justin Lee of Armorel School District, and David Carney and Malory Ennis of Rivercrest School District placed 2nd in the CSI Competition, and Miss Abby Barnett of East Poinsett County High School placed 2nd in the First Aid & CPR Competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel, and is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The ANC Technical Center offers Skills memberships to all of its students, and encourages Club involvement, even sending students to the National competition in years past.


For more information about the ANC Technical Center, please visit www.anc.edu/technicalcenter/ or call 870-763-1468.

(L-R) Justin Lee, David Carney, and Malory Ennis

Abby Barnett

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ANC TRiO Goes to Washington

Pictured L to R: Tonya Harris, ANC Director of TRiO Educational Opportunity Center and Educational Talent Search and Brooke Siegler, ETS Advisor, meet in Washington DC to promote the importance of the TRiO programs.


March 12-14, 2018 Arkansas Northeastern College TRIO personnel Tonya Harris, Director ETS/EOC, and Brooke Siegler, ETS Education Advisor, attended the 34th Annual Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education (DOED) and the 38th Annual Policy Seminar with the Council for Opportunity in Education.

On March 12, the DOED Seminar provided informative sessions, panel discussions, and guest speakers from the DOED sessions included meetings with DOED Program Officers, an Insider’s View of the U.S. DOED, Using Data to Improve TRIO Programs, and Creating Policy and Procedure Manuals.  The highlight of the seminar was an update from Linda Byrd-Johnson, Senior Director Student Service U.S. DOED.

TRIO programs were established in the 1960s during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. TRIO is a set of seven federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. These programs serve 24,000 students in Arkansas and nearly 800,000 nationwide.

The initial budget proposal to congress put the TRiO programs at risk for elimination. On March 14, TRIO students, alumni, and professionals from all across the country headed to the Capitol to advocate for continued funding of these student focused TRIO service programs. Tonya Harris and Brooke Siegler joined the Arkansas TRIO delegation in Washington and met with all six Congressional offices to discuss concerns with the changes to program funding and shared student stories.

On March 23, President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill into law. This bill guarantees a $60 million funding increase for TRIO programs for a total appropriation of $1.01 billion – the highest funding in the history of TRIO.

Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) is home to three TRIO programs that collectively serve a total of 2,340 students and adults. These three programs are: Educational Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Student Support Services.  Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a pre-college program that provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants, grades 6-12, and encourages them to graduate from high school and to continue on and complete their postsecondary education.  The ANC ETS program serves 14 school districts in Mississippi and Poinsett Counties in Arkansas and Pemiscot County in Missouri. The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program provides counseling and information on college admissions, financial aid, and financial literacy to qualified adult who want to enter or continue their postsecondary education. The ANC EOC program serves adults in Mississippi, Greene, and Poinsett Counties in Arkansas and Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties in Missouri. Student Support Services (SSS) provides opportunities to academic development, assist students with basic college requirement, and motivates students to complete their postsecondary education. The ANC SSS program provides services to students who are enrolled at Arkansas Northeastern College.


Brooke Siegler noted that “It is always interesting working with a new Administration, because you have to figure out where you fit in as a priority for them. These meetings were a great way to raise awareness for TRIO and the great things this program does for our students. We actually brought our Arkansas 2018 annual report to our meetings, so we were able to show each Congressman how many students are served and how much money TRIO brings to their district. We are lucky to have representatives in Washington that see the value in and support these TRIO programs.”