Griffin visits Lockesburg for LIMI Open House

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Updated: October 26, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin spoke Friday, Oct. 19, at the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute Open House. LIMI offers high school and college students a program that leads to superior skills in multi-craft industrial maintenance and the opportunity for immediate employment with area industries.

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin was one of the many dignitaries and speakers for the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute (LIMI) Open House on Friday, Oct. 19. Located in the newly restored Lockesburg High School building, LIMI offers high school and college students a program that leads to superior skills in multi-craft industrial maintenance and the opportunity for immediate employment with area industries. Currently, more than 40 students are enrolled.

“When I was in Congress, we told folks you need a four-year degree,” Griffin told those in attendance. “But we failed over the years as a country to meet people where their passions were; to meet people where their needs are; and to meet people with their job choice. You can pursue excellence all up and down the spectrum.”

The program was created through the collaborative funding efforts of UA Cossatot, area K-12 school districts, Arkansas Career and Technical Education, Tyson, Ash Grove Cement, Domtar, SWEPCO, Weyerhauser, and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

“We’re not just talking about jobs, we’re talking about careers. This is an event I’m attending where we’re talking about what we’re doing right,” Griffin said. “No track is better than the other. They’re just different. We’ve recognized that.”

Other speakers at the event were UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole; UA System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt; Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Mike Preston; Deputy Director of Arkansas Office of Skills Cody Waits; Technical Education Liaison for Tyson Rodney Ellis; Tyson Nashville Complex manager Mike Hanson; Tyson Grannis/Broken Bow Complex Manager Ronnie Eddy; and Dr. Donald Bobbitt, University of Arkansas president.