SELECT Programs was founded in January 2019 by B.J. and McKenzie Hansen. B.J. and McKenzie attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock together, where they actively worked on service learning projects through the university’s Environmental and Spatial Technology program.
After working with students in the community for three years, McKenzie noticed that many students in the Central Arkansas community are not provided with opportunities to learn effective and / or valuable professional and technical skills that they can use after graduating high school.
McKenzie collaborated with her mentor, Jennika Smith, on ways to help students in the Central Arkansas community. After two years of research and brainstorming, SELECT Programs was officially founded and will begin its first year offering programs in the Fall of 2019.