Domtar donates $20K to Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute

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Updated: August 31, 2018

By Emily Newlin

UA-Cossatot Media Relations

Pictured are (from left): UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade, UAC Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Ashley Aylett, UAC Director of Public Service and Workforce Development Tammy Coleman, UAC Division Chair of Skilled and Technical Sciences Steve McJunkins, Domtar General Manager Bob Grygotis, Domtar Training and Development Manager Jimmy Ivers, and Ashdown School District Superintendent Casey Nichols.

Domtar’s mill in Ashdown donated $20,000 to the University of Arkansas Cossatot’s newest project, the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute (LIMI).

UA Cossatot’s goal for the Industrial Technology program is to produce quality graduates, trained in a safe environment, equipped with all the tools needed to be successful. Graduates earn industry recognized credentials, accreditation, National Registry through National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and the soft skills that are needed to be successful in the industrial technology field.

Domtar General Manager Bob Grygotis shared that the investment will directly benefit Ashdown High School students and the entire Southwest Arkansas region in the vocational training in industrial technology.

“Programs such as this are critically important to help prepare students for the future and filling the numerous manufacturing jobs that will be available in this region,” said Grygotis.

UA Cossatot Division Chair of Skilled and Technical Sciences Steve McJunkins said, “Without the support of our business and industry partners, we would be unable to provide the quality training we now provide for our students at both high school and college levels.”

According to McJunkins, the donated funds are used to purchase additional equipment for developing higher-level skillsets aiding in increasing the employability of UA Cossatot LIMI graduates.

Grygotis and Domtar Training and Development Manager Jimmy Ivers presented the donation to UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade, UAC Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Ashley Aylett, UAC Director of Public Service and Workforce Development Tammy Coleman, McJunkins, and Ashdown School District Superintendent Casey Nichols.

For more information about UA Cossatot’s Industrial Maintenance programs, please visit www.cccua.edu/IndMaint.