Over $2 million for high school computer science programs and robotics has been committed to high schools in Arkansas through the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith to bolster skills necessary for the local economy.
The award is the largest received by any educational institution from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Employees from local industry partners will be mentors to participating students. The students will have the opportunity to earn a technical certificate, and move forward into a degree program afterward.
“I am pleased the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith has been awarded $2 million in workforce development grants from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “I am proud that our state continues to gain momentum in computer science education and high-tech job growth. I look forward to watching UAFS help create the next generation of tech-professionals in Arkansas.”
The awards come in the form of two workforce development grants from the ADHE, for high demand career fields. In addition, a $987,000 grant will support the development of a robotics lab at three public school districts, supervised by the University.