Industry Workshops Completed at Ozarka College
Published on June 26, 2017
Ozarka College hosted industry workshops for students majoring in health professions, criminal justice, culinary arts, and automotive service
technology this past semester. Students who attended the workshops had the opportunity to speak with industry representatives from their respective fields of study about potential careers, job requirements, and day-to-day expectations of their employees.
"Ozarka College Career Services Department sponsored the industry workshops to help students clarify career goals by learning from seasoned professionals about skills, qualities, and commitment levels necessary for success in a particular career, and also to help students start making some valuable professional connections, " said Kay Adkins, Ozarka College director of career services. Career Services is funded primarily by the federal Carl Perkins grant which prioritizes career technical education (CTE) and helping CTE students complete training programs, obtain industry credentials, and become employed in high-demand occupations.
The College appreciates each industry representative for volunteering their time to attend these events! The Basic Health Skills workshop took place on March 9, 2017 at Ozarka College - Ash Flat, with healthcare representatives Stacy Layne, North Arkansas Home Care, Community Based Services; Elizabeth Anderson, White River Medical Center, Batesville; and Rachel Everett, White River Medical Center, Batesville who shared with students about various job opportunities open to Certified Nursing Assistants.
Criminal Justice students met with experts from seven law enforcement/public service agencies in Ash Flat on April 14. Special thanks to James Irvin, AR Department of Community Corrections; Dale Weaver, Drug Task Force; Mary Medlock, Victim Witness Coordinator, Third Judicial District; Christy Kissee, Division of Children and Family Services; Special Agent Wendall Jines, Arkansas State Police; Kevin Dienst, Juvenile Intake/Probation Officer; Allen Wallis, Military Police and program coordinator/faculty at Ozarka College.
On April 17, the culinary industry was represented in Melbourne by Chef Richard Quiblier, The Grill at Whispering Woods; Cliff Brown, Caf` CIX; Penny Rueter, Woodcrest Assisted Living; Barry Barnes, Sysco Foods. The final industry workshop took place in Melbourne on April 25, when automotive students met with Danny Vest, Mark Martin Ford; John Kent, Kent's Bridgestone; Ben Baker and D.J. Cole, Mountain View Walmart.