Lockesburg Industrial Technology Institute receives grant for PLC Trainers

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Customer Service Representative Paul Knowles (second from left), Turk Plant Manager Tim Gross (fourth from right) and External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland (foruth from left) presented the donation to UA Cossatot administrators. UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade; Skilled and Technical Sciences Division Chair Steve McJunkins; Chancellor Steve Cole; Director of Public Services and Workforce Development Tammy Coleman; Ashdown Campus Director Barry Reed and Vice Chancellor of Academic Services Ashley Aylett all accepted the donation. Photo by Emily Newlin.

The AEP Foundation donated $30,000 to the University of Arkansas Cossatot Foundation to purchase industrial technology training equipment for the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute (LIMI).

“This training equipment will provide students with the opportunity to program PLCs, operate other equipment utilizing the trainer, and gain valuable knowledge about how these systems control the electrical outputs of nearly every piece of equipment within a facility,” said External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland.

“Our goal at SWEPCO is to play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work. The American Electric Power Foundation is honored to support the LIMI in creating a workforce that will meet the demands of local industry.”

The UA Cossatot LIMI will open for industrial technology classes August 13. The institute will provide training for local industries such as Tyson, Ashgrove, Domtar and SWEPCO.

“AEP SWEPCO has been a long-tome industry supporter of UA Cossatot. We are honored that they are helping with this groundbreaking program in Lockesburg,” said Chancellor Steve Cole.

“This program helps hundreds of students that will be working towards high-wage, high- skill jobs in the industrial maintenance field, which is a huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to economic development for our area.”

There will be an open house event later this fall.

Compiled from a University of Arkansas Cossatot Foundation Press Release

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