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Southern Arkansas University Tech ‘s Workforce Training Department provides credit and non-credit specialized training courses for business and industries upon request. The college partners with business and industries in its service area through consortium-based services. For Calhoun and Ouachita County, COBITC is the consortium group that meets quarterly to assess needs of area businesses and industries. For the Magnolia area, the economic development group for that area provides a point of contact for working with SAU Tech to provide training.

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.

SAU Tech’s Workforce Training Department can help your business with applying for training funds from the Arkansas Department of Career Education. For more information on SAU Tech’s Workforce Training Services, call 870-574-4769.

Current Training Opportunities

Basic Excel (12 hours)
This will be a basic class that will cover basic functions such as developing workbooks, developing, editing, and formatting skills, formula basics, etc…
o Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays-March 28 –April 6, 2017 (deadline: March 23rd)
o Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays-April 11-20, 2017 (deadline: April 6th)
o Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. each session
o Cost: $118 per person (manual included)
o Location: SAU Tech/COBITC LAB CA 100

Basic Blue Print Reading (24 hours)
Participants will be able to extract and utilize basic blueprint information as it applies to the various industrial disciplines. This will include line work and line type, representational sectioning styles and layout arrangements general to the major disciplines; various dimensioning styles and usages will be identified and interpreted including geometric tolerancing; basic knowledge of standards, symbols and terminology as used by both industry and government; and written information involving both drawing control systems and the blueprint application itself.
o Session 1: Mondays & Thursdays: April 3-27, 2017 (deadline: March 16th)
o Session 2: Mondays & Thursdays: May 1-25, 2017 (deadline: April 6th)
o Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. each session
o Cost: $291 per person (textbook included)
o Location: SAU Tech/TE 116

APICS-Detailed Scheduling & Planning (15 hours)
Detailed Scheduling & Planning includes inventory management, material requirements planning, capacity requirements planning, procurement, and supplier relationships.
o Session 1: Mondays- March 27 – June 12, 2017 (except 5/29/17-Memorial Day) (deadline: March 16th)
o Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. each session
o Cost: $193 per person (textbook included)
o Location: SAU Tech/TE 117

Dale Carnegie: Leadership Training for Managers
This action-learning training explores the fundamentals of leadership, the strategies for decision-making, the tools and techniques for communicating as a leader. But also focus on the nuts-and-bolts situations that managers face regularly: how to get buy-in for change initiatives; how to build cooperation and trust in the workplace; how to convert new ideas into superior results. What’s more, the training integrates the groundbreaking work of Peter Drucker, father of modern management thinking.
o Session 1: Wednesday & Thursday – April 26 and 27, 2017 (deadline: April 6th)
o Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
o Cost: $1,100 per person (manual included)
o SAU Tech/TE 117

Technical Writing Seminar
This seminar will focus on helping participants improve the skills they already use on the job. It will involve team work on tasks designed for both individualized study and collaboration with the group. Topics include diagnostic exercises to determine needs for basic English usage, introduction to the elements and process of technical writing, understanding and using the “6-Question Analysis Method,” and review and analysis of reports, proposals, standard operating procedures, etc.,
o Session 1: Mondays – March 27-May 1, 2017 (deadline: March 23rd)
o Time: 5:00- 7:30 p.m.
o Cost: $183 per person (handbook included)
o SAU Tech/AD 216 or AD 238

Pump Systems Optimization
This course will identify the importance of energy conservation and highlight opportunities to optimize your pumping systems for energy efficiency and other systems improvements. When pumping systems are not optimized for best efficiency, they drain a company’s profitability with higher energy and maintenance costs, shorter down time between repairs, more CO2 emissions and a less reliable system overall. Seating is limited to the first 25 registrations, so register now!
o Session 1: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (deadline: May 25th)
o Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
o To Register for Class Visit: and click on training calendar or call 501-682-1179
o Location: SAU Tech/TE117

Dale Carnegie 2-Day Course
The Dale Carnegie Course® teaches participants how to strengthen interpersonal relationships, manage stress, and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. What’s more, people develop a take-charge attitude that allows them to initiate with confidence and enthusiasm. This training powers people to move beyond their comfort zone as they reach for – and attain – breakthrough goals. This provides a foundation for life-long performance improvement.
o Session 1: Tuesday & Wednesday – June 13 and 14, 2017 (deadline: May 25th)
o Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
o Cost: $1,100 per person (manual included)
o SAU Tech/TE 117

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training
This course is a complete and thorough review of the ISO9001-201 standard. Participants will learn the standard, what is new, what has changed, how it has improved, and what it meant to them. They learn methods to conduct risk assessments and analysis activities that will meet new requirements and that will help the QMS to continue to improve.
o Session 1: (2 days) – Wednesday & Thursday, April 19 & 20
o Time: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
o Location: SAU Tech/TE 117
o To Register for Class Visit:

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