Tech Center receives Arvest Grant

Photo: (from left) David McBee, EVP and sales manager for Arvest in North Central Arkansas; Mike Willard, president and CEO of Arvest in North Central Arkansas; Kyle Davidson, Arvest commercial banker; Sally Gilbert, Arvest community president; Mollie Morgan, ASUMH development officer; Karen Heslep, ASUMH dean of business and technology; Dr. Robin Myers, ASUMH chancellor; and Nathan Lueck, ASUMH director of secondary center.

ASUMH Technical Center benefits from Arvest Foundation Grant

The Arvest Foundation has awarded the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Technical Center a grant for $5,000 to help fund equipment and program needs.

For the past 18 years, the Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic has been held to help raise funds for the college’s various funding needs. Like many other fundraisers and events this year, the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

“Proceeds from this year’s Charity Golf Classic were going to be used to support our programs at the Technical Center,” says Robin Myers, ASUMH chancellor. “In addition to offering programs for college students, the Technical Center also serves as a secondary center for high school students to earn a certificate of proficiency before graduating high school. These programs available to high school students are offered tuition free.”

“We are proud to present this grant on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” says Mike Willard, president and CEO of Arvest in north central Arkansas. “The ASUMH Technical Center provides a pathway to valuable careers for students in our community through much-needed programs offered in welding, mechatronics, automotive services and heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration. It’s exciting to help contribute to creating a positive future for so many in our community.”

“We are very grateful for our community partnerships,” says Myers. “This grant from the Arvest Foundation will help many local folks who were perhaps displaced from the pandemic and now seizing an opportunity for themselves through an education that will forever change their life for the better.”

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