Business & Community Outreach


The mission of the Business and Community Outreach department at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is to provide relevant customized and open enrollment industry training as well as community based educational and leadership initiatives. We seek to help Arkansas Tech University meet its mission to empower members of the community to achieve their goals and strive to better Arkansas, the region, and beyond through staying responsive to current needs.

Business & Industry Training customized courses


ATU-Ozark specializes in providing customized industry training for your employees. We can utilize the expertise of our faculty or by sourcing third party training providers to meet your needs. Below are some of the customized trainings we have set up for employers in the past:


  • Organizational Leadership
  • Leadership for Supervisors
  • Welding certification
  • Business communication skills
  • HVAC
  • Precision Maintenance
  • ISO
  • ACLS, PALS, BLS Instructor
  • Crane & Mobile Crane Training
  • Train the Trainer
  • AC-DC Motor Workshop


  • Painting for Industrial Applications
  • Hydraulics
  • Procurement
  • Rigging
  • Pump and Seal
  • Efficiency Principles in Manufacturing
  • Lean
  • HVAC and Refrigeration
  • Gauge Calibration
  • Computer Applications
  • Cybersecurity


  •  NFPA 70E Electrical Safety
  • Steam Systems
  • Technical Math
  • Onsite Sootblower
  • Safety Interjection
  • Cause Mapping
  • Pipe Welding
  • Aluminum Welding
  • ICD-10
  • JLG and Scissor Lift 


GBP Facility

Open Enrollment Courses

Green Bay Packaging Morrilton Training Site 

ATU-Ozark has a one of a kind partnership with Green Bay Packaging in Morrilton, AR to offer a full line of non-credit electrical and mechanical courses to your employees. Over 60 companies send their workforce to be trained at the Morrilton Training Site and registration is low cost and convenient.             **Courses meet one day a week for 5 weeks. Currently, registration is only open to employers**

2024 Schedule of Courses          electrical & Mechanical Course SCHEDULE JAN 2024- JUly 2024                            

        Electrical course offerings in Morrilton include:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) – Level 1 and 2
  • Basic Electricity and Electronics for Industrial Applications
  • Intermediate Electrical/AC Control Equipment
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Batteries and DC Circuits for Industrial Applications
  • Transformers and AC Circuits for Industrial Applications
  • Three Phase Systems
  • Reading Technical Diagrams
  • Electrical Measuring Instruments

       Mechanical course offerings in Morrilton include:

  • Precision /Laser Alignment
  • Introduction to Hydraulics and Hydraulic Equipment
  • Hydraulic Systems Maintenance
  • Pneumatic Systems Maintenance
  • Pump Systems for Industrial Applications
  • Introduction to Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Welding: Welding Fundamentals and Mechanical Layout
  • Intermediate Welding
  • Millwright Practices
  • Machine Shop Practices








To register your workers please contact Ryan Mikles (479) 508-3348 or email; Alina House (479) 508-3365

OnLine short term-Credentials | Micro-Credentials

Arkansas Tech Universiyt-Ozark Campus in partnership with Focus EduSolutions, is excited to announce the launch of micro-credentials in Food Truck Entrepreneurship and Trucking Operations. These two innovative micro-credentials were designed by industry experts for those looking to start a new profession or further their career in either the food truck or trucking industry. Both micro-credentials will teach the basice and fundamentasl of how to be successful in either career path. 

Food Truck Entrepreneurship

Food Truck Entrepreneurship offers start-to finish content on starting a food truck, successfully operating a truck, and navigating the challenges that can arrise in the industry. From your business plan to menu designing, marketing to financial planning, inventory to hiring, and knowing your state's food truck regulations, this credential provides the details and information you need to know to successfully get your food truck up and running. Food Truck Entrepeneurship can also be very helpful to those currently in the industry and operating a truck who are looking to improve their skills and business success. 

Trucking Operations

Trucking Operations is for the new-to trucking or entry-level trucking industry employee looking for an overview of trucking company operations, roles within the industry, and critical indusrty standards and regulations. This credential is also for the aspiring transportation operations manager who is learning to manage all transportation or hauling needs within a business. Trucking Operations covers how trucking and freight operations work across the United States, the foundations for various types of freight, trucking equipment, trucking loads, driver planning and driver hours of service, processes for being able to plan and dispatch loads to drivers, customer service, and basic understanding of accounting principles that are necessary for trucking management.

Click Here for Micro-Credentials Information and Enrollment:

Certified Nursing Assistant Program (CNA) 

ATU-Ozark offers non-credit CNA courses through Adult Education at two locations.
*Scholarships can be available to cover the course fee but certain provisions may apply.*
Please contact the following location if interested in enrolling to become a CNA.
Ozark Adult Education: (479) 667-3520

Medication Assistant Certified (MA-C) Program

Regional Long-Term Care facilities are eligible to register their existing CNA's if they meet the criteria as set by the ASBN. Employers should register their
employees instead of employees self registering.
- Please contact Ryan Mikles 479-508-3348 or email
More information -Click Here
*Current classes are full but we can add your employees to the wait list*
We will be adding capacity/classes in the future

Machining/CNC Boot Camp

Each Summer, ATU-Ozark offers a machining/cnc boot camp to local employers needing to upskill their employees with basic CNC skills. .
Costs are normally covered by the Gene Haas Scholarship when available. 
- Please contact Ryan Mikles 479-508-3348 or email
More information -Click Here  


(with a focus on industrial applications)
4 - year electrical apprenticeship program |576 hrs. classroom | 8,000 hrs. work experience.
*Classes meet August - May, one night a week for 4 hours.*
Upon successful completion, participants are eligible to sit for the State Journeyperson's Electrical Exam
Ideal for those already working in maintenance with some electrical knowledge and want to advance their career or gain their Journeyperson’s Electrical License.
Location:  Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville, AR
For more information contact ACEF at (501) 372-1590 or
Click Here for Additional Information

Community Outreach

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark is proud to be a partner in several Arkansas communities through outreach and support. We strive to advance the mission of the institution in the communities we serve by working to identify potential community and educational partners, by attending community meetings, and events. We build lasting and reciprocal relationships at groups which include chamber of commerce, government agencies, educational entities, professional groups and associations. Our presence is noted through membership in the following communities.

Alma, Altus, Booneville, Charleston, Clarksville, Fort Smith, Ozark, Paris, Russellville, and Van Buren

Leadership Franklin County

Leadership Franklin County is an organization housed at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus that develops current and emerging leaders to work together to serve the good of Franklin County and the surrounding area. To learn more or to apply for the next class, please click on the link above or contact Laura Rudolph at (479)508-3315 or

The ten-month leadership development program is an experiential curriculum, during which class participants:

  • Explore the history and culture of Franklin County;
  • Identify and examine important issues that are relevant to the community and become active agents of positive change;
  • Meet a network of diverse people who are interested in making a difference;
  • Practice team building through work in small groups to achieve common goals.

Pre-College Programs

Arkansas Tech-Ozark's Pre-College program offers exciting course and campus activities to students Pre-K through high school in an effort to promote the arts, technical learning and higher education.

  • ACT Test Prep with Chad Cargill 
  • Manufacturing Day
  • FFA Day/Prep Contest
  • Ready for Life 





Contact Us 


Ryan Mikles

Chief Business and Community Outreach Officer
Technology and Academic Support
1700 Helberg Lane, Room 121
Ozark, AR 72949
(479) 508-3348


Laura Rudolph

Director of Community Outreach 
Public Relations & Leadership Frankin County
1700 Helberg Lane, Room 114
Ozark, AR 72949
(479) 508-3315