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story.lead_photo.caption Students from several middle and high schools in Arkansas recently toured the Be Pro, Be Proud truck, which features hands-on manufacturing simulations. Funded through a grant at the University of Arkansas at Cossatot, the truck is touring the state to bring students an awareness of the manufacturing industry. Photo by Submitted photo

The University of Arkansas at Cossatot recently hosted the Be Pro, Be Proud truck at local high schools to give students hands-on simulations of the manufacturing industry.  

Funded through UA-Cossatot's Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership grant, the Be Pro truck not only features several manufacturing simulations but also gives students aptitude feedback.

Students from De Queen Middle and High Schools, Horatio High School, Nashville Junior and Senior High Schools, plus Kirby and Ashdown High Schools toured
the truck.

"I was very impressed with the website demonstration," Tommi Cobb, RAMP grant director, said in a press release. "It is great for anyone interested in manufacturing jobs in Arkansas. The last listing was over 60,000 jobs! You can also select the career field of interest and see the cost and length of time to complete training. It really is an incredible tool for our state."

De Queen High School junior Tyler Miller, who is also a student at UA-Cossatot, said, " I love this truck! It is informational and constructive. It has helped me to see different options for an education and a career after high school."

The Be Pro, Be Proud truck is also sponsored by Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and is touring the state.

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