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Community Development Institute to Train Community Leaders

Community leaders from across Arkansas and surrounding states will gather at the University of Central Arkansas from July 29 – August 2 for the annual Community Development Institute. This year’s theme is Sustain, Transform, and Empower Your Community.

Established in 1987, the Community Development Institute-Central (CDI) trains community and economic development professionals through a combination of lectures, small group discussions, simulations and individual projects, each focused on best practices and current trends in the industry.

The most notable additions to this year’s CDI are two new simulations, the Futures Game Simulation and Miller County Simulation, each designed as eye-opening experiences through unique hands-on learning activities.

Participants leave the institute with an enhanced ability to assess their community, build the capacity of community leaders to collaborate on development efforts, and set goals to improve their community’s quality of life and place.

Mayor Gary Baxtor, CDI Class of 2013 believes his experiences at CDI have provided him with the tools to bring economic development and community development together. “After attending CDI Central for two years, I have taken back to my community valuable ideas and techniques that I have put into action, some almost immediately,” said Mayor Baxtor.

The complete CDI experience is a three-year training program, with one week of training per year. Participants progress through the program curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.

For more information, visit uca.edu/cdi.

Online Courses Cater to Adult Learners

Constant changes in the workplace and an aging population have created major new opportunities in adult education. This new market is already significantly larger than the for-credit higher education market, and demand for adult education and training will continue to outpace supply for some time.

The ed2go network consists of more than 2,100 top colleges, universities, and other organizations. They offer hundreds of engaging non-credit online courses, covering every topic from Accounting to Web Design. Each course consists of a patient and caring instructor, lively discussions, knowledge checks and plenty of practical information that you can put to immediate use.

All ed2go courses are entirely online, which can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at the times that are most convenient to you. Courses begin monthly and run for six weeks; each week composed of two lessons for a total of 12 lessons. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to download a certificate of completion.

Ed2go courses are affordable, fun, convenient and geared towards your interests. It may be as basic as Discover Digital Photography or as complex as Intermediate QuickBooks 2013, but there is one absolute: ed2go can get you there! We suggest you view a demo to determine whether ed2go is right for you.

To register for a class, go to www.ed2go.com/ucaoce, search for the course you’d like to take and hit Enroll Now. Please contact Lawana Hawkins at (501) 450-5811 with questions.

New Course Offerings For Community Education

Each semester, Community Education strives to offer new courses that meet the needs of the community. This fall, eleven new courses have been added to the list, each led by expert instructors. Ranging from personal interest to professional growth, these new courses offer an opportunity to expand your educational horizon. Registration for all fall courses is now available online! 


American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED

Would you know what to do if your loved one stopped breathing? Knowing how to respond in an emergency situation could help save a life. Emphasizing hands-on learning, this course incorporates the latest science, designed to teach you how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for victims of any age, including… [Read More]

American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers

This course is designed to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants, until advanced medical personnel arrive. Those with a professional duty to act, including professional rescuers and medical and public safety workers, will gain the skills needed to… [Read More]

American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers Review

This course is an abbreviated CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers course that briefly reviews course information and allows for the practice of skills before testing. To be eligible to participate in a review course… [Read More]

American Red Cross Family First Aid

Faced with a sudden injury of a family member, would you know what to do until medical assistance arrives? From burns to broken bones, you will gain the skills and confidence to to provide immediate care to adult, child and infant family members. This interactive course includes lessons on how to respond to breathing emergencies and common first aid emergencies…[Read More]

Entrepreneurship- Developing Your Plan

If you are serious about becoming an entrepreneur, you’ll need a solid business plan! The focus of this course is to provide you with a solid understanding of the skills and techniques needed to develop a business plan. You will first identify the importance of having a plan and how it can benefit your business. Then you’ll explore… [Read More]

First Time Homeowner Seminar

Are you thinking of buying your first home in Arkansas? Planning and preparing for your future as a first-time homeowner can be intimidating, but not if you know what to expect. Learn about the entire purchase process and the resources available as a first time homeowner. [Read More]

Positive Vibration Reggae Yoga

If stress is getting the best of you, relax and rejuvenate with this yoga class that moves to the mellow beats of reggae music. Yoga brings together the physical and mental disciples to achieve peace in the body and mind. Move your body in new ways through the exploration of classic yoga poses… [Read More]

Project Management Practical Applications

Project management provides a structure for dealing with the many pressures that most organizations face with projects. This in-depth course, led by industry professionals, will explore techniques and tools used to create a successful project, which can be used to increase productivity. [Read More]

Using Natural Products to Green Your Life and Promote Better Health

Most of today’s household cleaning products include harsh chemicals that are harmful to your health, not to mention your wallet! After you examine the benefits of using nontoxic cleaning products, you will never return to using commercial products. This course will show you recipes for natural cleaners targeting nearly every aspect of your home, including… [Read More]


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Fall Community Ed Courses Released

COMMED_MOBILECommunity Education classes have been selected for the fall! Many of your favorites are back and a handful of new classes will help feed the need to learn something new. Full course descriptions and registration will be available online starting in June. Until then, you can check out the line-up!

  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED  NEW!
  • Beginning Tai Chi
  • Burn & Chisel
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers  NEW!
  • Family First Aid  NEW!
  • Positive Vibration Reggae Yoga  NEW!
  • Self-Hypnosis for Self-Help
  • Smart Cycling
Business & Finance
  • Entrepreneurship: Becoming a Businessperson
  • Entrepreneurship: Developing Your Plan  NEW!
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Resources for Starting a Small Business
  • Project Management Practical Application  NEW!
  • Tending to Your Money Tree
  • Cake Decorating 1
  • Cake Decorating 2
  • Cake Decorating 3
  • Ceramic Hand Building 1
  • Ceramic Hand Building 2
  • Ceramic Hand Building: Dinner for Two
  • Painting in Acrylics 1
  • Painting in Acrylics 2
  • Photography: Basics
  • Photography: Advanced
  • Sew Unique Sewing- Beginner
  • Sew Unique Sewing- Intermediate
  • Arkansas Hunters’ Education
  • Computer Cleanup
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Web Development: Beginner
  • Web Development: Advanced
  • The Alzheimer’s Journey
  • Baby’s First Massage   NEW!
  • Basics of Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic Horsemanship and Beginning Riding
  • Etiquette 101 for Children
  • Nurturing the Pregnant Couple  NEW!


Pre-register by phone.

If you would like to pre-register for any of these courses and reserve your seat, please call Lawana Hawkins at 501-450-5811.


Would you like to receive our catalog?

For those of your interested in receiving our catalog via mail, fill out a catalog request form! You can also select the option to sign up for our mailing list and be the first to know when registration opens online.

New Community Education Classes

Outreach is offering NEW community education classes for the spring!

Self-Hypnosis, Film Studies and Adobe Illustrator are just a few of our newest offerings, all open to the general public.

Registration for spring course offerings is open now. Find a course that interests you!


New Spring Courses:

Introduction to Film Studies/Film History
A very in-depth course on understanding how films produce meaning and elicit responses through the recognition and analysis of film language and reviews and discussion of various films within the history of motion pictures. Taught by UCA and Hendrix professor, Dr. Glenn Jellenik.

Self-Hypnosis for Self-Help
Uncover the myths and discover the many benefits of self-hypnosis. With expert instruction, you will learn the basic mechanics and techniques that can help contribute to an improved quality of life.

Entrepreneurship-Becoming a Businessperson
Gain the tools and skills necessary for starting a new business, including analyzing factors associating with success, developing a business plan, and the importance of marketing, insurance, accounting and management for a small business.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
In this hands-on, instructor-led course, you will learn the fundamental tools of Adobe Illustrator to complete a finished digital illustration, logo or design. Taught by UCA alumni, Jasmine Greer.

Introduction to Computer Programming Using Python
Learn the basics of computer programing; including formal and informal languages, various functions, executions and lists. By the end of the course, you will have practiced programming tasks and created two functioning computer programs.

Charcoal Drawing
An introduction to using charcoal as a drawing medium. Translate three-dimensional information onto a two-dimensional surface while working from a still-life set up.

Mirror Design Art
With just a mirror and a hammer, recognized artist Jimmy McDonald will teach you how to create beautiful art abstracts.

Homeopathic Stress Remedies
A three-part session designed to help educate those seeking emotional enrichment. Part one focuses on anxiety, depression, fear and anger. Part two is centered around guilt, worry, gratitude and stress. Part three covers communication and defining success. All sessions emphasize ways to change those states of being.

View all the spring courses!



Governor’s Challenge Award Presented to Outreach and CDI

Two departments within the University of Central Arkansas have been awarded the Governor Quality Challenge Award by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence.

The award honors groups in the state striving for performance excellence.

The Division of Outreach and Community Engagement and the Community Development Institute-Central were presented the award by Governor Beebe at the 2012 Governor’s Quality Awards Celebration on Sept. 24.

“Excellence is one of Outreach’s core values and we are committed to being the best we can be, and we’re happy to be recognized at this level,” said Kristy Carter, director of Outreach and Community Engagement.

The Governor Quality Challenge Award is the starting point for any organization interested in adopting and applying quality principles to attain performance excellence.

“Even though we’re just at the beginning of the process, we’ve benefited greatly from the experience. UCA is a steward of a valuable state and regional resource and this will help us safeguard its future.” said Kelly Lyon, director of CDI. “Bill Craddock, a leader in the state and national quality process as well as an instructor for CDI, suggested this is a way to help CDI grow to the next level.”

The Governor’s Quality Award program is operated by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence, Inc. Developed by a team of volunteers, the program is designed to provide opportunities for all organizations in the state to measure their progress in the journey of performance excellence.

“I am very happy that our Outreach and Community Engagement and Community Development Institute-Central have been recognized for their work and contributions to the people of Arkansas and beyond,” said Dr. Steve Runge, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “UCA was the only four-year public institution recognized at the awards dinner; a remarkable accomplishment for our people and programs. I look forward to see the work of the people in OCE and CDI-Central and the level of recognition continues to rise moving forward.”


26th Annual Community Development Institute Concludes with Awards Ceremony

Over 100 community leaders from Arkansas and surrounding states participated in the 26th annual Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. The event, held August 6-10, concluded with a special graduation and awards ceremony.

AT&T Arkansas was honored with the Friend of Community Development Award, offered each year to an individual or organization that demonstrates strong support for community development and CDI. Additionally, CDI Advisory Board Member Dr. Mark Peterson received the esteemed Bill Miller Award as recognition for his decades of conducting scholarly research and working with communities to help them realize transformative change.

Kelly Lyon, CDI Director, said, “In addition to the training provided at the institute, we celebrate individual leaders from each class. CDI is about learning and networking, but it’s also about our network supporting the participants’ and graduates’ efforts to apply that training in their own communities. Those who receive awards have demonstrated exemplary leadership here and are well positioned to be leaders in their organizations and home towns. ”

Craig Lindholm, Executive Director for Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas, and a student in the Ph.D. in Leadership program at UCA was awarded the Ernest Whitelaw Award. The Whitelaw Award recipient is chosen by his peers for dedication to the practice of community development, involvement in the CDI experience, and personal leadership and integrity. After the awards ceremony, 25 community and economic professionals graduated from CDI 2012.

The Community Development Institute Central, established in 1987 at the University of Central Arkansas, in Conway, Arkansas, trains community and economic development professionals in Arkansas and surrounding states. For more information about CDI, visit www.uca.edu/cdi.


Outreach Announces Fall Tech Series

Outreach is offering numerous professional development workshops to help educators integrate innovative technology into the classroom. From iPads to Wikis, these workshops will help enhance and deepen student learning.

With the rising popularity of iPads in the classroom, Outreach is excited to offer a workshop blending iPads and the Common Core, iPads in the Classroom: Common Core and E-books.

Additional technology workshops will be offered online starting September 19th. Build your own classroom site with Creating Web Pages, learn how to better interact, share ideas and facilitate collaboration with Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts, or engage your learners through creative multimedia lessons with Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards.

Plus, to ensure all your lessons and activities are free of copyright infringement, Outreach is offering a free, workshop to address the common copyright issues faced by educators, Copyright, Fair Use & Digital Media: What to Know and Where to Go.


Fall Tech Course Offerings:


For more information about our Fall Tech Series or any of our professional development workshops, visit our Professional Development webpage or call 501.450.5261.


Fall Community Education registration is now open!

Work on your body and mind with Burn and Chisel, Beginner’s Yoga, and Homeopathic Stress Remedies.

Improve your fiscal health too with Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship courses.

With a variety of Art Classes and courses on everything from Web Development, to improving Communication Skills, Photography, Cake Decorating and Sewing Classes, there’s something for everyone!

View our full course listings or download the latest catalog!


Arkansas Studies Bouquet Workshop Offered in August

Due to popular demand, the workshop An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics, will be offered again on August 2nd. The workshop offered on July 31 is full and will no longer accept registrations.

An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics is a free workshop for educators focusing on Arkansas studies. It covers a wide variety of topics and helpful resources that will facilitate the teaching of Arkansas studies frameworks. More information can be found on the Educator Development Page.