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Weyerhaeuser donates $10,000 for industrial training at UA Cossatot

Weyerhaeuser donates $10,000 for industrial training at UA Cossatot

December 12th, 2018 by Gazette Staff in Texarkana News

From left, UA Cossatot Director of Public Service/Workforce Tammy Coleman, UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Academics Ashely Aylett, UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole, UA Cossatot Division Chair of Skilled and Technical Sciences Steve McJunkins, Weyerhaeuser Maintenance Superintendent Jody Abernathy, Weyerhaeuser Maintenance Lead Kevin Helms, Weyerhaeuser Human Resource Manager Kristie Broussard, UA Cossatot Post-Secondary Instructor for Industrial Electricity Randy Thompson, UA Cossatot Instructor for Secondary Industrial Maintenance Scott Surber, and UA Cossatot Instructor for Secondary Industrial Maintenance Gary Wagner. (Submitted photo)

LOCKESBURG, Ark.—Weyerhaeuser donated $10,000 on Tuesday to the University of Arkansas Cossatot foundation for the development of a pump transfer training system for the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute.

Cossatot opened for industrial technology classes in August and provides training for local industries such as Weyerhaeuser, Tyson, Ashgrove, Domtar and SWEPCO.

"The $7,500 previously received from Weyerhaeuser helped purchase parts and supplies to launch construction of the trainer, and the funding received (Tuesday) will be used to complete the project, enabling us to develop further skill sets required by our business and industry partners in preparing our students for jobs withing the pathway of instrumentation," said Steve McJunkins, division chair of Skilled and Technical Programs.

The program will assist students who will be working toward high-wage, high-skill jobs in the industrial maintenance field, which in turn helps economic development for the area, according to UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole.

For more information, visit cccua.edu/.

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