December 21st, 2010
A $263,000 3-year matching Delta Bridge Project grant has established the Great River Promise college scholarship program for Phillips County high school graduates.
The Great Rivers Promise will provide funding for Phillips County high school graduates who have exhausted all other scholarship and financial aid programs such as federal Pell grants and the Arkansas Academic Challenging Scholarships first to attend Phillips Community College. Loans are excluded.
The Great River Promise will pay the difference between what the students receive in scholarships and financial aid and the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at PC.
To qualify for a Great Rivers Promise scholarship, a student must attend four years at any Phillips County high school. They must graduate with a high school diploma. They must be accepted as a PC student and enroll in the fall semester following graduation. The student must have had a 95 percent attendance and punctuality record over the four years of high school and have no drug or drunken driving offenses. Once accepted at PC, the students must enroll for a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Phillips College has committed to raise $250,000 to match the DBP grant and create a $500,000 Great River Promise Endowment to guarantee sustainable program funding. The PCC Foundation obtained a federal Title III grant to help fund the scholarship program. Available interest from the foundation’s $674,000 Title III Endowment and the Great River Endowment will be used to fund Great River Promise scholarships.
“Southern Bancorp strongly believes that cost alone should not be a barrier to students furthering their education,” stated Phil Baldwin, Southern Bancorp president and CEO. “The Great River Promise will play a critical role in helping Phillips County high school graduates secure a two-year degree and potentially go on to earn a four-year degree.”
December 21st, 2010
An opportunity for students to use business resources and the business setting to foster professional growth and development is available through internships in the Business Division at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA).
A partnership between the PCCUA Division Business & Information Systems and Southern Bancorp has resulted in a win-win for a PCCUA business graduate. Brandon Knowlton, of West Helena, who recently graduated with an A.A.S. degree in Information Systems Technology, was recently hired at Southern Bancorp after serving an internship there while at PCCUA. Now working at the bank, Knowlton is also pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree through the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
Linda Killion, PCCUA Dean of Business & Information Systems, says by partnering with PCCUA, Southern Bancorp is playing an active role in giving college students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the banking industry.
“A work internship is a great way to integrate students into the daily operations of the business world and can open them to many opportunities for employment. At the same time, it gives the employer a chance to become familiar with our students, their skills, and work ethics and gives them a pool from which they can hire new employees.”
December 14th, 2010
Three-year grant will fund facility in historic downtown Helena.
An $186,000 Delta Bridge Project grant will be used to renovate, equip and staff a 9,100 square-foot business incubator and entrepreneurship training center in downtown Helena.
Phillips College’s historic Ohio Street building will be the home of the business incubator. An innovative model for a flexible, sustainable rural business incubator was developed through a 2009 feasibility study that PCCUA and the strategic support team, Thrive, conducted.
December 7th, 2010
Helena on Ice festivities will officially get started with some good news. The Delta Bridge Project is all set to release the 2010-2020 Strategic Community Plan for Phillips County during the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. this Thursday night at Court Square Park.
“Five years ago, the first phase of the Delta Bridge Project kicked off a flurry of collaboration commitment and accomplishment on the part of the entire Phillips County community,” stated Joe Black, president of Southern Bancorp Capital Partners. “The second phase of the Delta Bridge Project will build on those tremendous successes and help take Phillips County to even greater heights. We invite all Phillips County residents to join us Thursday night as we collectively begin to write the next chapter in our community’s history.”
November 29th, 2010
Ice-skating, of course, will be the main attraction at the first annual Helena on Ice scheduled Dec. 9-12. However, plans also are shaping up for a spectacular four days of Christmas music, food and fun in the Court Square Park.
Thanks to the efforts of the Helena-West Helena Advertising and Promotions Commission, All Year Sports will bring its own Super Glide synthetic ice rink for the event. Skates will be provided so that kids and adults can “glide” or “stumble” around the 40×40 rink.
Tickets are $5 per skater. Children under 5 may skate free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets may be purchased at Helena National Bank, Cherry Street and West branches and Southern Bancorp at the Cherry Street and Plaza Street branches.