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Fort Smith, Arkansas – April 15, 2016 – Vista College will host a ribbon cutting and open house at its Fort Smith Campus on Tuesday, April 26, at 12:30 p.m., at 1200 S. Waldron Road, Ste. 122. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 12:45 p.m. followed by campus tours and opportunities to visit with staff and faculty. The campus, which opened in 2015, is Vista’s first in Arkansas and its 10th campus overall.

“The ribbon cutting and open house mark the official grand opening celebration of this wonderful and established campus, and this is a perfect opportunity for the community to come see all that we have to offer,” said Sheila Gawne, campus director. “We are so proud of all of our hard-working and talented students, remain committed to their successes, and love being a part of the Fort Smith community.”

The Fort Smith campus offers an assortment of nationally accredited Degree programs and other training opportunities to help students build their skills and become attractive candidates to potential employers. Vista’s Diploma and Degree programs broaden the community’s higher education opportunities. Areas of study include Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Dental Assisting, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (a program unique to this campus), Business Administration or Associate’s Degree in a number of fields including Business Management, Information Technology, Medical Assisting and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. Additionally, the campus offers flexibility to students with day and evening courses beginning every five weeks.

“Because Vista College focuses on expanding industries, it is able to concentrate efforts and bring only the best education and knowledge to students,” said Jim Tolbert, CEO of Vista College. “Today more and more students need to balance school with work and family responsibilities. Fort Smith is benefiting from our flexible class schedules and career services assistance to graduates. Helping students successfully enter the workforce through these valuable programs is one of our main goals.”

Vista College offers a wide variety of career training programs throughout Texas, New Mexico, and online. Each career program is staffed with industry experts and leading professionals, ensuring students an affordable, quality education that will help them pursue successful careers in their chosen fields. Financial aid is available for those that qualify. Graduates benefit from Vista’s career services assistance, which includes resume preparation and interview coaching.
“Vista recognizes the ongoing need for training and re-training in trades to help people get back to work quickly in times of job loss,” added Gawne. “This campus has a strong focus on trades, offering Industrial Maintenance Mechanic and Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) opportunities not found at many career schools. This campus fills an important role in the Fort Smith community, helping to build a stronger workforce and economy. Come see us on the April 26!”

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