The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Council voted on Friday to recognize the Arkansas Tech Institute as a non-formula unit of Arkansas Tech University.
The decision is a step in a process that aims to create a credit-free education and training entity that would use career coaching, prior learning assessment, work-based learning opportunities and micro-accreditations to connect adult learners, the underemployed and the unemployed with career advancement and supporting economic development in the Arkansas River Valley.
According to information provided by ATU and reviewed by the Coordinating Council, the Arkansas Tech Institute’s workforce development efforts “will be implemented and supported through collaborative regional partnerships with public and private entities, including ATU and other higher education institutions, chambers of commerce, industry partners, K-12 public schools, Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, adult education providers, and third-party providers. education and training.
Business, engineering, emergency management, agriculture, healthcare, technical programs, and computer science are some of the disciplines that could be included in the programming provided by the Arkansas Tech Institute.