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Workforce and Community Education

The Business & Industry Training program provides tailored training for professional advancement as well as personal enrichment classes and workshops for the community.

General and customized courses and training can be specifically customized for a company's unique needs at a cost that is fair and reasonable by utilizing training grants. Our programs are available to meet the growing need of the workforce. Workforce staff is available to provide free initial consultation upon request to determine need, scope, and location of all training services. We can provide you qualified, professional trainers with business and industrial experience to meet your training needs.

Funding Assistance for training services is available at a cost that is fair and reasonable utilizing training grants. Local proposals for funding can be developed and coordinated for eligible industries.

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available for qualified training programs and are issued promptly to individual participants. Records of participation, class content, date, and location are kept for documentation and evaluation purposes.

Credit for Prior Learning can be earned from non-credit workforce training and job experience and applied to degree programs at SAU Tech for students may have gained knowledge through work history, life experiences, certifications, or training. SAU Tech offers several methods to help students obtain up to 30 college credit hours (half of a degree) by converting that knowledge into college credit and applying it to a degree. Read more about Credit for Prior Learning.

Community Education Classes and Events allow participants to renew their skills or learn something new. Courses provide a wide range of educational and lifelong learning opportunities taught by experts from the community. Whether you want to learn how to create a floral arrangement or a webpage, play guitar or build one, get in shape or help your dog shape up, Community Education courses offer convenient times and locations throughout the community. If you’re interested in teaching a non-credit Community Education course in a subject that you are an expert in, or have a course in mind that you would like for us to consider offering, send us a proposal! For more information on community education, contact us at 870-574-4495.

Fall 2016 Community Education Classes

Intro to Photography/Videography

Do you want to get started in photography or videography but aren't sure how? Here's your chance! In this introductory course, you'll learn the essentials that the pros use everyday. Learn the difference between an establishing shot and a medium shot, the rule of thirds, how to "properly" get your shot in focus, white balance, and more!

Dates: September 12-13
Time: 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Location: SAU Tech Campus TE215 Cost: $35
Bring: Note-taking supplies, Camera (cell phone camera okay)

Advanced Camera Techniques

Do you enjoy photography/videography? Enhance your skills with these advanced tips and tricks that the pros use everyday! Learn how to use appropriate ISO and gain settings, advanced shot composition & framing, and more. This class is slanted more towards video, however there are many tips and tricks that photographers can take advantage of as well.

Dates: September 19-20
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: SAU Tech Campus TE215 Cost: $35
Bring: Note-taking supplies, Camera (cell phone camera okay)

Intro to Video Editing

Have you ever wondered how the pros edit their TV programs, commercials, and basically every thing else that you see on TV? Perhaps you would like to make a nice, edited montage of last year's family vacation. Learn the basics of video editing on software that the pros use like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. Students will learn the basics and will ultimately be challenged to edit their own music video during this 2-night course.

Dates: September 26-27
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: SAU Tech Campus TE215 Cost: $35
Bring: Flash drive, a song and about 20 photos for the video. The song should be classroom appropriate. Song and photos can be brought on flash drive or downloaded in class.

Customer Service Training

With an emphasis on the skills needed to build external and Internal relationships, our training tackles issues such as how people can exceed customer expectations, Initiate new services to generate add-on and cross­selling opportunities, and leverage industry-wide "best practices" to strengthen customer ties. Companies tell us the training brings measurable gains in improved service quality, better resolution of customer conflict, and increased customer loyalty.

Dates: November 1, 2016
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: SAU Tech Campus Cost: $280
Deadline to Register: October 13, 2016

All-Sports Officials

Have you ever thought about becoming a sports official? Sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play. They detect infractions and decide penalties according to the rules of the game. You will get professional insight about officiating for an official with over fifteen years of experience. You will learn about the rules, regulation, and income opportunities of officiating for volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, and softball games. Officials of the Arkansas Officials Association must be eighteen years old, must complete the AOA application to become a member, and must be able to pass a background check.

Dates: September 14 - November 9, 2016
Time: 1:30-3:30pm or 4:00-6:00
Location: SAU Tech Campus Cost: $90
Deadline to Register: 5 days prior to start of first session

Meet the Staff

Photo: Ophelia Lindsey

Ophelia Lindsey


Photo: Rita Givens

Rita Givens

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