Gov. Hutchinson stops in Jonesboro, visits tech students

Gov. Hutchinson stops in Jonesboro, visits tech students

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The governor of Arkansas made a stop in Region 8 Monday and took the time to learn about education in Northeast Arkansas.

Governor Asa Hutchinson was invited to visit the Northeast Arkansas Career and Technical Center at Jonesboro High School.

The technical center offers courses for schools across Region 8 including Bay, Harrisburg, Greene County Tech, Paragould, Valley View, Hoxie, and Westside.

Hutchinson received a full tour of the center and used the opportunity to learn what the students' futures hold.

He spoke directly with students about the courses they are taking including culinary arts, certified nursing assistant (CNA), welding, automotives, and criminal justice.

Stefanie Hickson, Jonesboro High School senior, completed the CNA program and explained to Hutchinson she already has a job.

"I did my clinicals at Craighead Nursing Center and I pretty much got hired on, and I started out at $10 an hour," Hickson said.

Hickson hopes to go on to nursing school following graduation.

She was just one of many students Hutchinson asked about their future plans and how technical classes have helped them.

While technical training helps the students, the tech schools also help grow Arkansas' economy.

"We need those kinds of workers to make sure we attract industry, keep our industry, and there is great money involved in that," Hutchinson said.

He said his office plans to look at funding for these types of schools to see how they can better help grow the programs.

Hutchinson also visited with Region 8 superintendents and discussed the success of math courses in their districts.

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