Adult Ed gets glowing review

The adult education program at South Arkansas Community College recently received a stamp of approval during a state-level program review from Arkansas Division of Workforce Services Adult Education Section.
This is an audit that is completed every four to five years that reviews all aspects of the program including policies, services, curriculum, files, financials, facilities, equipment and software, program data, etc. Due to COVID-19, SouthArk’s adult education program was the first center in the State of Arkansas to conduct this review virtually.
According to the reviewers, the center provided exceptional organization and presentation of the virtual records in addition to a virtual tour during the review. Results of the program review were successful, with high praise and recognition from the team of reviewers.
“Our faculty and staff are passionate about serving students,” SouthArk adult education director Amy Sturdivant said. “I’m very proud of our center and the accomplishments we have made together. It’s a team effort. Now it’s time for us to celebrate a job well done.”

PBL Competes in Nationals

PBL Competes in Nationals

Several Phi Beta Lambda members at South Arkansas Community College competed in National Leadership Conference events recently.

Justin Vansickle was the only PBL member in the State of Arkansas to receive the Presidential Award for the Career and Membership Achievement Program. Will Clayton took 10th place in computer concepts. The team of Dean Bright and Lucas Burn were third in website design. The team of Ashley Holt, Cambry Farrar, and Kenlee Hill placed eighth in chapter business reports.

SouthArk's chapter was selected as an Outstanding Chapter and recognized as the largest chapter in Arkansas.

Johnson is selected for academy

South Arkansas Community College advising director Tim Johnson has accepted an invitation to be part of the Equity Leadership Academy for States.

Arkansas is one of 10 states selected to participate in this pilot program, which is intended to promote student equity in student success among special college populations. The efforts are funded by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, which is steered by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

Tucker named Arkansas PBL Business Person of the Year

South Arkansas Community College vice president for finance and administration Carey Tucker has been selected as the Arkansas Phi Beta Lambda Outstanding Business Person of the Year.

The award strives to recognize outstanding leaders and supporters of Phi Beta Lambda and its members. Tucker has held his current position since 2015, following 30 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Tucker oversees college budgets, safety and security, bookstore operations and several other departments. Additionally, he has volunteered time in support of numerous campus activities, including those of PBL, of which he is a member in the professional division.

SouthArk’s Sigma Epsilon Chapter of PBL nominated Tucker for Business Person of the Year. Future Business Leaders of America and the collegiate-level Phi Beta Lambda are student organizations that promote leadership development, business awareness, career preparation and professionalism.


Adult Ed Program Recognized

Adult Ed Program Recognized

The adult education department at South Arkansas Community College recently was recognized for having the highest student retention of any Arkansas program with less than 300 students in academic year 2018-2019.

The program had a retention rate of 82 percent, which marks a significant improvement from the rate that it had been carrying each year, according to director Amy Sturdivant. Sturdivant credited a shift in how the program is structured.

“Students are more informed of the steps to earn GED or WAGE up front through our orientation class, which is required before testing or class attendance,” she said. “Many other things have happened, such as improved curriculum, structured classes, new software and resources, online learning, etc.

“We are moving in the right direction in providing more quality services,” she said. “We’re so excited about this. We have a great team and I’m very proud of our faculty, staff and students.”

There are 25 different adult education programs in Arkansas. SouthArk provides services in Union and Bradley Counties.