Marked Tree Chamber hears about ASUN program

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
The Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce donated school supplies to Marked Tree School District. (DT Photo/Corey Clairday)

The Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce heard from a few guests during their regular meeting last week. Among them was Michael Nowlin, Associate Dean of Applied Science and Senior Instructor of Automotive Service Technology at ASUN-Marked Tree, who spoke about a new program that will help high school students.

The program allows high school juniors and seniors to take classes in Automotive Service and Collision Repair to earn a Certificate of Proficiency or a Technical Certificate. Nowlin said the certificates could serve as building blocks toward an Associates degree and certification.

ASUN-Marked Tree has been in talks with the principals at Marked Tree and EPC schools, who reached out to ASUN about the need for such programs.

"This is a pipeline to bring students into college to help those students succeed," Nowlin said. "Once they graduate high school, these students will be ready to immediately enter the workforce."

Nowlin said ASUN-Marked Tree is looking at taking on the cost for the first two years. The cost for one student to enter the program per year is $1,300 for Collision Repair and $1,365 for Automotive Services, and the programs are two-year programs. Nowlin said ASUN is currently reaching out to community sponsors about helping to fund students. He said they hope to have the program be grant-funded after the first two years.

Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder also spoke to the chamber about the need for a one cent sales tax for the sheriff's office and detention center. Town Hall meetings, where Sheriff Molder will speak about the issue in detail, have also been set. These will take place on the following dates:

*Harrisburg, 6 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 4, at the Fine Arts Building.

*Trumann, 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Trumann Middle School Cafeteria.

*Tyronza, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Tyronza Senior Center.

*Marked Tree, 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at Marked Tree City Hall.

*Lepanto, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Lepanto City Hall.

In chamber business, Yard of the Month was announced as David and Rachel Hill, and Business of the Month went to Kingdom Fitness, owned by Larry Crockett. The chamber discussed giving out a gift card set at this year's Cotton Pickin' Jubilee full of gift cards to local businesses. Chamber members will sell tickets at $1 a piece of six for $5. The chamber also made a donation of school supplies to the Marked Tree School District.

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