New adult education center open in Trumann

New adult education center open in Trumann

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new facility is ready for students in Trumann.

Non-traditional students will now have access to education just steps away.

A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday in Trumann at the new Sims-Talbot Adult Education Facility where they are partnering with Arkansas State University Newport.

The facility has several classrooms, a meeting room, kitchen and two offices and the entire building is Wi-Fi accessible.

Chancellor of Arkansas State University Newport Dr. Sandra Massey said they've offered adult education classes in the past in Trumann.

"But we've not had a facility of this magnitude," Massey said. "This will allow us to expand our offerings. We will not only teach adult ed, we hope to teach some credit classes."

Massey said they also plan to offer English as a second language class and partner with a workforce program.

Massey said the mayor of Trumann, Barabra Lewallen, did a great job strategically locating the facility so many adults could walk.

Multiple partnerships made the facility possible including Columbia Forest Products, Roach Conveyors, Southern Bancorp, Trumann Area Fine Arts Council, Ernest and Anna Ritter Family Endowment, Arkansas Department of Rural Services, Delta Regional Authority, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, The Patteson Family, Reverend Jimmy and Patti Swinford, Jerry Talbot Simms and Angie Hasty Sims.

Massey said they hope to have classes going in the coming months.

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