At the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges annual conference here last month, it was announced that the Career Pathways program at South Arkansas Community College will receive $30,302 in performance-based student-support funds.
The award was based on the program's meeting established goals for enrollment of students, completion of certificates and degrees and employment placement and retention.
Arkansas Department of Higher Education interim director Shane Broadway made the announcement and presented a plaque to commemorate the achievement to the Career Pathways staff.
The money will be used to provide additional direct benefits to students at SouthArk who qualify for the program.
Career Pathways is an initiative at all two-year colleges in Arkansas designed to help qualifying students reach their educational goals and become employed in their chosen fields. To qualify, students must be Arkansas residents and have children in their homes under the age of 21. They also must receive any one of a list of several different government welfareservices, or have an annual family income below 250 percent of federal poverty level (about $46,325 annually for a family of three). Benefits of the program can include limited tuition assistance, textbook assistance, gas vouchers, child-care assistance, laptop loaners, career counseling and assistance with career placement.
For more information, contact Angela Bacchus at (870) 864-8457 or Tammi McKinnon at (870) 864-8459.
Presenting a plaque to the South Arkansas Community College Career Pathways staff is, second from left, Arkansas Department of Higher Education interim director Shane Broadway. Receiving are SouthArk employees Kathy Reaves, Tammi McKinnon and Angela Kimsey Bachuss. Also pictured is SouthArk president Dr. Barbara Jones, far left.