Connect 4 instructors Dustin Wilson (front left) and James Knight (front right) met with local manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and state education officials April 30 to discuss possible changes and improvements to the program’s curriculum, especially as it applies to machining. Attending the meeting were (back, from left) Brandon French of Wilson Combat, Danny Muilenburg of the Arkansas Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education division, Ben Phillips and Carey Beevers of Phillips Corp., Brent Boyer of Wilson Combat, and Jeff Parks from the Department of Education. The three-year-old Connect 4 program — or C4 — offers junior and senior students from the Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest school districts the opportunity to pursue a technical education during the school day. The program is housed in the Carroll County Career Center, formerly the Berryville Readiness Center, and offers instruction in a number of different disciplines with an eye toward industrial maintenance, machining, welding, robotics and electrical work, providing students with a cross-curricular background in different trades. The Wilson’s Combat representatives were on hand to outline the types of skills they’d like to see from new employees, while the Phillips representatives were there to discuss how the company, which manufactures HAAS machining tools, can assist.
Robert Cox / Carroll County News