Concurrent Credit Programs
Western Arkansas Technical Center (WATC)
- Available to students in grades 11-12.
- Students will need to have met the following eligibility requirements for admission:
- 2.0 GPA
- Test scores on file from ACT Aspire, ACT, or ACCUPLACER. Students in the LPN program must have 19+ subscores in English, Reading, and Math on the ACT.
- Students are eligible for admission to the program with a 2.5+ high school GPA and 19+ sub scores on the ACT.
- Students may also receive placement for the program through the ACCUPLACER exam offered on the UAFS campus.
Interested in applying? Please follow the steps below:
- Complete the Application for Concurrent Admission.
- Complete the Participation Agreement Form. The participation agreement form will need to be signed by the student, parent/guardian, and school official (counselor or principal).
- Connect with your high school counselor to submit your registration form, test scores, and transcript.
- Submit your transcript and test scores. Your high school transcript with test scores must be supplied through your high school counselor. This provides UAFS with information that shows you are academically ready to start taking college courses.
Who We Are
The Western Arkansas Technical Center (WATC) is an area secondary center located on the UAFS campus. WATC was formed in 1998 through a collaborative effort by UAFS, the Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education. WATC provides area high school juniors and seniors with the unique opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The curriculum serves as an extension of the high school curriculum offerings by providing students with hands-on training in technical fields.
What We Do
WATC has three primary goals which define our purpose:
- To aid students in making an informed career choice. Students select a technical program based on their interests and aptitudes and make career choices based on their experiences in the program.
- To prepare students to enter the workforce upon high school graduation. WATC programs lead to a professional certification, certificate of proficiency, or technical certificate from UAFS which equal marketable job skills.
- To encourage students to continue their education after high school. UAFS classes successfully completed by WATC students are credited at both the high school and college level. Students can finish their technical program with as many as 40 hours toward a degree or advanced certification program.
Who We Serve
WATC serves high school students from Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Scott, and Sebastian counties. Services are offered at no cost to the students. WATC provides books, tuition, and fees thanks to funding made available by the Department of Workforce Education and a training fee paid by the local school districts.
What We Offer
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Computer Graphic Technology
Computer Integrated Machining
Electronics Technology/Advanced Manufacturing
Emergency Medical Responder
Network Engineering Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing
The Smart Start program consists of general education courses such as English, College Algebra, speech, psychology, and more offered at area high schools and taught by UAFS and high school faculty members.
Students are eligible for admission to the program with a high school GPA of at least 2.50 and ACT subscores of at least 19.
Students may also receive placement for the program through the ACT Aspire or ACCUPLACER exam (offered on the UAFS campus).
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Academic Program Specialist for Concurrent Programs
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