Pulaski Technical College hosted a grand opening of its newest site, Little Rock-South, on Monday to celebrate and showcase the site's academic and career-training opportunities.
Gov. Mike Beebe praised the college's efforts to train students with the skills they need for today's workforce.
The college has provided training for several industries relatively new to central Arkansas, including LM GlasFiber, which makes windmill blades.
"All of us - all Arkansans - benefit when a struggling family becomes successful," said John Suskie, chair of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees. "We are dedicated to the success of each and every student, day by day, year by year. The change we need in Arkansas will come about when better educated people get better jobs and our economy grows."
More than 300 people, including legislators, business leaders, and state, city and county officials attended the grand opening. Other guest speakers included U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder; U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor; Arkansas Sen. Shane Broadway; Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola; Elizabeth Small, chair of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president; and PTC Student Government Association president Tyrone Sanders.
About 900 students are currently enrolled in general education courses, developmental education classes, or career-oriented programs offered at the Transportation Technology Center and the Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School.
View a photo gallery from the event here.
To view a photo gallery from Governor Beebe's Web site click here.