The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain held their annual Junior Day event on April 12th in the Ouachita Center on the Mena campus. For the day, approximately 425 high school juniors from eight schools in the UA Rich Mountain service area attended: Acorn, Caddo Hills, Cossatot River, Mena, Mt. Ida, Oden, Smithville, and Waldron.
Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson welcomed the high school juniors to campus and stressed the importance of continuing an education after high school. Wilson stated, “We would like to thank our area schools for allowing students to attend Junior Day at UA Rich Mountain. It is important in today’s world for students to get some education after high school, whether that’s 2 or 4 year degrees or technical education to join the workforce.”
The juniors spent the morning learning about the workforce ready/technical program offerings at UA Rich Mountain. Those programs include Machine Tool Technology, Welding, Nursing, Medical Billing/Coding, Information Systems, Business Administration, and Culinary Arts.
After lunch prepared by Arvest Bank and UA Rich Mountain employees, the students and high school staff enjoyed a concert by the band, Run With It. UA Rich Mountain Recruiter, Jerod McCormick, stated, “This was the first time we have hosted a band for our high school recruitment activities. Run With It knocked it out of the park. I look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.”
We would also like to thank Union Bank, Aleshire Electric, Arvest Bank, Nidec Motor Corporation, and Sysco for helping make this event possible.