|PTC LR - South students enjoy lunch at The Finish Line, (from left) Haley Chronister, Candace Chandler, Michelle Craig, and Garrison Spicer.|
Pulaski Tech's newest site on at 13000 Interstate-30 officially opened for business Monday as the fall 2008 semester got under way.
Several hundred students are enrolled at Little Rock-South site though official enrollment counts won't be available for a few days.
"After all the hard work that has gone into getting the site open, it's great to finally see students here," said Mike Sneed, dean of technical and industrial programs and site coordinator of Little Rock-South.
Students began arriving well before the start of their classes on Monday to explore the 159,000-square-foot center and its amenities, which include a library, a bookstore, a café, computer labs and student services.
"I like it because it's new and nearby," said Candace Chandler, a student from Benton. "It's more convenient to work on my Associate of Arts degree closer to home."
Small engine repair instructor Ray Hoover greeted students enrolled in his motorcycle-ATV repair technology program beneath the building's clerestory, one of the architectural features of Little Rock-South's interior.
Motorcycle/ATV is just one of the career-oriented programs housed within the Transportation Technology Center. Other programs include diesel technology, small engine repair and transportation facility management. Automotive technology and collision repair technology will remain at the main campus in North Little Rock this semester and will be relocated to LR-South for the spring 2009 semester.
The Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School relocated to the more spacious Little Rock-South this semester from its previous home on Asher Avenue. By 6 a.m. Monday, culinary students had begun arriving by to prepare breakfast pizzas for the first customers at The Finish Line Café, the school-run restaurant.
After the breakfast crowd thinned, the students started preparations on the lunchtime entrees, including baked chicken and lemon pepper tilapia.
Pulaski Tech's other campuses were busy as well as students arrived for classes at the main campus in North Little Rock, Little Rock-West on Kanis Road, and at the Aerospace Technology Center next to the North Little Rock airport.