Colleges unveil future plans at Outlook Conway

Hundreds came out to glimpse the city of college’s future plans during Outlook Conway 2016.

 

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway gave the crowd an update on the nearly-completed Donaghey Hall, a mixed-use building set to open in the fall, and revealed plans for an upcoming Arkansas Coding Academy (ACA).

ACA will offer three-month and six-month non-credit courses to “rapidly address the technical skills gap that is in our local economy,” UCA spokesman Christina Madsen said after the conference. UCA partnered with Metova and the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce to bring ACA to the university.

Brad Lacy, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce president and UCA Board of Trustees member, said he was proud of the school.

“[I’m] so proud of UCA for stepping out in an innovative way to meet the needs of our tech industry,” he said after the conference. “The Arkansas Coding Academy is a game changer for us.”

For more information on the academy, visit www.arkansascodingacademy.com.

Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow updated attendees on CBC’s Vision 2020, the school’s plan to accommodate 2,020 students through construction and other projects.

Phase 1 of the plan included three construction projects — the David T. Watkins Academic Building, the Story Library and Dickson Hall, a 150-bed residence hall — totaling $21 million that were recently completed, Kimbrow said.

Phase 2 — a CBC Event Center that will be the largest construction project in the school’s history — is in the planning phase.

“Planning is currently underway to develop a site plan, floor plans and elevation drawings,” CBC spokesman Deanna Ott told the Log Cabin Democrat after the conference. “Once planning is complete, the college, per board of trustee resolution, will need to raise at least 80 percent of the project cost before site work and construction can begin.”

Kimbrow gave the Outlook Conway crowd some comic relief telling them he didn’t have an exact figure of the cost: “I’m working to raise 80 percent of something,” he said, drawing a hearty laugh.

For more information about CBC or Vision 2020, contact Ott at dott@cbc.edu or 501-205-8838.

Hendrix College President Bill Tsutsui gave an update on the Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center and showed plans to update the Hendrix walking bridge during the conference.

The school received a $1 million grant in October to go toward construction of the welcome center, to be named in honor of “the extraordinary generosity of Mary Ann and David Dawkins,” who last year donated $26 million to the college — its largest single donation in history, spokesman Rob O’Connor said.

“The new welcome center will house the Hendrix admission and financial aid offices, which are currently located in historic Ellis Hall, a 101-year-old building at the south entrance of campus,” he said.

No information on plans to update the walking bridge were immediately available.

For more information on the welcome center and more, visit www.hendrix.edu.

 

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