La Warn Rodgers (second from right), director of the Career Pathways Initiative at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee, receives a plaque from Shane Broadway (left), interim director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, during the 23rd state conference of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges held recently at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Also pictured are (second from left) Bob Ware, vice chancellor of the UAM COT-McGehee, and (right) Dr. Karon Rosa, ADHE state director for the Career Pathways Initiative.

Rodgers presented a poster session entitled “Career Pathways Plus Community Service Equals Sustainability,” which depicted the impact community service has on any initiative.

As part of the program, UAM COT-McGehee received a $27,500 performance-based student support award for outstanding performance during the 2010 fiscal year. UAM COT-McGehee will use a portion of the funds for faculty professional development on topics such as classroom management and suicide prevention. The remainder will be used for purchase of new computers and Career Pathways direct student support.