The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) recently awarded a $150,000 grant to the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at Crossett (UAM-CTC).

The funds were part of DRA’s $1.5 million in workforce development grants awarded to 11 organizations across the Mississippi River Delta Region, according to a news release.

UAM-CTC received the largest amount available through the grant, which will be used to expand the welding lab on the campus.

“Our concurrent welding student enrollment has been steadily growing, and along with our full-time welding program, we are in great need of space,” said UAM-CTC Vice Chancellor Linda Rushing. “We look forward to using these grant funds to continue to invest in this valuable career training opportunity for students from Ashley County and beyond.”

A certificate of proficiency in welding and a technical certificate in welding technology are available on the Crossett campus and welding students often progress toward an associate of applied science degree in general technology, according to the release.

“The grant comes during a difficult year for Crossett, whose Georgia-Pacific facilities have seen hundreds of layoffs since the announcement of the closure of its bleached board operations this summer,” according to the release.

UAM-CTC offers associate’s degrees, certificates of proficiency and technical certificate programs.

“DRA is committed to investing in workforce training and education that supports job seekers, incumbent workers, and employers to help foster comprehensive economic development in Delta communities,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell said in a DRA release. “Through the Delta Workforce Grant Program, DRA is providing an opportunity for rural communities to have access to critical resources in order to strengthen their workforce, create jobs and improve quality of life across the region.”

Details: University of Arkansas at Monticello - Crossett, 870-364-6414.