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August 2014

ASU-Newport Receives Grant From DENSO Foundation

ASU-Newport Receives Grant From DENSO Foundation

NEWPORT, Ark. (8-8-2014) — Arkansas State University-Newport announced Wednesday that the two-year college has received a grant in the amount of $40,000 from DENSO North America Foundation.

The grant will fund the purchase of a variety of heating, ventilation and air conditioning training simulators that will enhance the Energy Control, Diesel Technology and Automotive Service Technology programs currently offered by ASU-Newport. The simulators will focus on the diagnostic and troubleshooting aspects of training, both of which are a priority of potential employers of ASUN students.

Arkansas State University-Newport is the first institution in Arkansas to receive a grant from DENSO North America Foundation.

George Harguess, Site Manager for the DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas facility in Osceola presented the check to ASUN Chancellor Dr. Sandra Massey Wednesday afternoon. Also attending for DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas were John Beal, Manager and Greg Raney, Human Resources Generalist. Representing ASUN along with Massey were Dr. Martha Shull, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Robert Summers, Dean for Applied Science and Ike Wheeler, Dean for Institutional Advancement.

“We are certainly very appreciative of DENSO’s generous gift to Arkansas State University-Newport,” said Massey. “The funds will be used to install HVAC simulators into programs on our Newport and Marked Tree campus locations. We take great pride in the hands-on training offered in our technical programs at ASU-Newport, and this gift further enhances our ability to put highly-trained students into the workforce, making family-supporting wages. Our students graduate from our programs workforce-ready with skills that enable them to quickly become employed in fields that are in-demand.”

“The DENSO Foundation is committed to supporting education opportunities across North America,” said Harguess. “Through the foundation, we have the opportunity to work with local colleges and universities to help build and strengthen our local workforce. We’re looking to support the next engineers, technicians and professionals that will drive innovation at DENSO and in the automotive industry in the future.“

DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas, located in Osceola, employees more than 500 people and produces heating, ventilation and air conditioning assemblies and new generation modular radiators for its North American customers.

Arkansas State University-Newport is a degree granting community college with campuses in Jonesboro, Marked Tree and Newport, Arkansas. It is a part of the Arkansas State University System. For more information about what is going on at ASU-Newport, visit us on our Facebook page at, where you will find news and photos highlighting achievements and events at all three campuses. Follow us on Twitter at @ASUNewport for quick information about what is going on at ASUN.

A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, The DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more information, visit