NEWPORT, Ark. (9-4-2014) — Arkansas State University-Newport announced Thursday that the two-year college has received a contribution in the amount of $90,000 from Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. The contribution will be used to fund scholarships for ASUN’s High Voltage Lineman Technology Program.
The High-Voltage Lineman Technology at Arkansas State University-Newport is a unique program. It is part of an industry-specific partnership between Electrical Cooperatives of Arkansas and ASUN, and enables ASU-Newport the ability to provide students a program of study that will fulfill a unique career goal.
“We are extremely happy to continue our support of the High Voltage Lineman Technology program and Arkansas State University-Newport,” said Michael Henderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for ECA. “The HVLT program at ASU-Newport produces highly-trained linemen for electric cooperatives across the entire state. The skills that these linemen receive as part of their training at ASU-Newport help provide the electric cooperatives of Arkansas with much-needed, workforce-ready graduates who in turn help provide reliable, low-cost electricity and improve the lives of rural Arkansans.”
Henderson, along with Larry Bright, General Manager of Farmers Electric Cooperative Corporation in Newport, presented the check to ASU-Newport Chancellor Dr. Sandra Massey and Ike Wheeler, Dean for Institutional Advancement, last week on the ASUN campus.
“We are certainly very appreciative of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas for their continued partnership with ASU-Newport and our High Voltage Lineman Technology program,” said Massey. “We take great pride in our HVLT program and the quality linemen that it produces. Our partnership with Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas helps to keep the curriculum rigorous and relevant and to provide our students with state-of-the-art learning opportunities. As the only HVLT program in the state of Arkansas, our program provides unique training that leads to outstanding career opportunities.”