University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of its Little Rock – South site on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The open house event is 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. with a short program at noon. The facility is located at 13000 I-30 Frontage Road in Little Rock on the Pulaski and Saline County border.
The Oktoberfest-themed event features German food, including bratwurst and pretzels, served noon – 2 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m., catered by students and instructors from the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.   Visitors can attend campus tours and learn about the programs the site offers.
Speakers at the noon program include Dr. Margaret Ellibee, UA-PTC chancellor; and Dr. Bentley Wallace, dean of technical and professional studies, and students at UA-PTC Little Rock – South. “Facebook live” tours of the site will be posted at the UA – Pulaski Tech Facebook page at the top of the hour 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In August 2008, then-Pulaski Technical College’s newest site officially opened for business as the fall 2008 semester got under way. Renovation of the site, which was previously known as the Little Rock Expo Center, began in 2007.
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Today, the Little Rock – South site still houses the Transportation Technology Center with transportation –related training that is vital to meeting the workforce demands of the 21st century. Automotive technology, collision repair, diesel mechanics, “power sports” technology for motorcycles, ATVs, and other small engines, and commercial driver training.  General education college courses and cosmetology are also offered at the site.
UA-PTC Little Rock – South also serves Saline and Pulaski Counties with programming in high school career education college curriculum in transportation technology, culinary arts and hospitality management, and general education.
“The Little Rock-South location is so highly visible, some people in the area think that’s the whole college,” says UA-PTC Chancellor Margaret Ellibee. “And for many people in southwest Little Rock, Bryant, Benton, and the rest of Saline County, it is. It represents close, convenient access to college curriculum, cutting-edge technical training, and high school career training.”
An important new initiative at the site was this year’s opening of the UA-PTC Career Center. With the closing of the Saline County Career Center in Bauxite in 2017, automotive, cosmetology, and other programs were relocated to the better-equipped and accessible UA-PTC Career Center, which continues to serve high school students from Saline County as well as Pulaski County.
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