C4 board approves partnership with NorthArk
By Haley Schichtl
The Connect 4 board voted at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 5, to approve a memorandum of understanding with North Arkansas College to allow students to receive concurrent credit.
C4 students will be able get between 25 and 30 hours of college credit once they finish their apprenticeship. C4 will work with North Arkansas College when developing curriculum to make sure it meets college requirements, but will otherwise maintain control of the program.
The MOU will go into effect at the start of the 2020-2021 school year if all three school boards approve it.
“If our kids leave Carroll County and go somewhere else, they’ll have a certificate that says they did this work through North Arkansas College instead of just C4,” Eureka Springs superintendent Bryan Pruitt said.
C4 also will receive funding from the Office of Skills Development, and 15 percent of it will go to NorthArk for its administrative fees and accreditation.
“This is a tier 1 program, which is $8,000 per student, but a C4 student only attends half a day, so it would be $4,000 per student,” Green Forest superintendent Matt Summers said. “Right now we’ve got about 50 students, so that would give us around $200,000.”
After taking out 15 percent for NorthArk, this would leave C4 with $170,000 for supplies, equipment and salaries.
“It benefits our kids in C4 again, because it gives them the potential to almost have an associate’s degree when they graduate from C4 if they’re on the right course of study,” Summers said. “It also opens up some funding to NorthArk and C4 to better equip our kids and better equip their program.”
Also at the meeting, the board approved to purchase some HAAS equipment for a total of $2,286.96.