Trade & Industry

Trade and Industry are a group of instructional programs that prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills in one or more trade, technical, and/or professional occupations. Students will engage in activities and instruction enabling them to use, create, problem solve, and control various technology resources; people, tools, machines, information, materials, energy, capital, and time. SkillsUSA or HOSA are integral in each instructional program respectively. Students may participate in leadership activities and state and national competitions in the student’s area of interest.

Darrell McDaniel accepts an $8,000 grant from Haas for the 2019 school year. Mr. McDaniel is the Machine Tool instructor at Monticello Occupational Education Center.

The Monticello Occupational Education Center (OEC) recently received a Haas CNC Mini Mill through the Workforce Alliance for Southeast Arkansas that is funded by an Arkansas Department of Higher Education Regional Workforce Implementation Grant awarded to the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Part of the grant’s purpose is to provide opportunities in southeast Arkansas to prepare individuals for a career in the advanced manufacturing industry. Regional manufacturing industry leaders are developing a unified alliance patterned after a Toyota Developed program entitled Kentucky Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME). Several states now support FAME programs which are an apprenticeship-type work-and-learn experience that can lead to an associate degree in applied manufacturing technology. The new CNC Mini Mill will provide the students at the OEC the opportunity to broaden their knowledge from manual precision machining to automated machining. The Machine Tool program at the Monticello OEC is instructed by Darrell McDaniel. Mr. McDaniel has spent twenty-three years in business and industry at Burlington in the industrial maintenance department and the past fifteen years has taught Machine Tool, the very class he took as a high school student, to Monticello and Drew Central High School students. Mr. McDaniel has a passion for teaching students the trade that he loves so well. The new CNC Mini Mill will add to the program where students will start with manual machining and work their way to the CNC Mill and Lathe. The Director of the Monticello Occupational Education Center, Randy Lay, expressed their appreciation to the UAM College of Technology-Crossett for including the OEC in their partnership efforts to enhance workforce training opportunities in southeast Arkansas through the Workforce Alliance.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING GRANT PRESENTATION

The Motor Vehicle Commission awarded $150,000.00 in Education and Training Grant funds to secondary and post-secondary schools from across the state on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. during a ceremony held at the State Capitol. Governor Hutchinson spoke to the recipients and presented the grant awards.

Since the program started three years ago, the Commission has awarded nearly $450,000.00 to twenty-two (22) deserving secondary and post-secondary institutions. The purpose of the Education & Training Grant Program is to provide funds for education and technical training in the field of vehicle service and maintenance in an effort to increase the available workforce of service technicians.

For 2018, the Commission carefully selected the following eleven (11) recipients for the 3rd Annual Education & Training Grant Program:

Arkansas Tech Career Center, ASUB/ Searcy Campus, Cabot High School, Gentry High School Conversion Charter, Monticello Occupational Education Center, Northeast Arkansas Career & Technical Center, Northwest Technical Institute, Ouachita Career Center, Pulaski Technical College, University of Arkansas Cossatot, and Waldron High School.

The Education and Training Grant Program was created by Act 258 of 2015 and is operated by the Motor Vehicle Commission.