“Be A Model, Break The Mold” event in UA Hope-Texarkana – SWARK Today

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The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana recently hosted the first-ever career-discovery event, Be A Model, Break The Mold, for young women in schools in southwest Arkansas. The event offered female students the opportunity to gain practical experience in non-traditional professional fields.

The event was held in association with Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperatives, including De Queen-Mena Education Service Cooperative, South Central Service Cooperative, and Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative. “We hope this event has helped open these young women ‘s eyes to good careers that they may not have considered before,” said Akili Moses-Israel, Director of Business and Industry Training.

Every young woman was allowed to get to know three different industries. The entire technical and industrial division of UAHT participated, highlighting industries such as welding, industrial maintenance, electricity, diesel mechanics, information technology, coding, economics, solar energy and HVAC. “All of these occupational fields offer well-paying jobs and are in great demand in our region,” said Moses-Israel. “Hopefully, the practical experience these ladies gained at the event will motivate them to deal with these professional fields. UAHT offers high quality training in each of these areas. Many of these certificates can be obtained during high school through our Secondary Career and Technical Education Center. “

The schools visited included:

• Genoa Central High School

• Mineral Springs High School

• Blevins High School

• Fouke High School

• Hope High School

• Nevada High School

• Spring Hill High School

• Harmony Grove High School

A total of 82 students attended the event, along with attendees from the Education Co-ops, the Arkansas Department of Education, the Department of Career & Technical Education, local CTE teachers, and the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on technical and industrial programs available from UAHT, call 870-777-5722.

Registration for spring courses at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is now open until January 12, 2022. The college will be holding extended enrollment hours on January 5th and 6th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Classes start on Monday, January 10th, 2022.

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