Campus News

  • LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has announced projects selected by members of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to receive Regional Workforce Planning Grants under the Workforce Initiative Act of 2015 (Act 1131 of 2015).  Institutions were notified of the awards on September 30, with the following projects approved for funding:

    •   Arkansas State University Mid-South: Arkansas Delta Accelerating Pathways Together (ADAPT)
    •   Arkansas State University - Mountain Home: Creating a Talent Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing
    •   Arkansas State University - Mountain Home: Programming/Mobile Application Development
    •   Arkansas State University – Newport: Northeast Arkansas Educating Agriculture Technology (EAT)
    •   Arkansas Tech University Ozarks: Arkansas Tech University Career Training Alliance
    •   Black River Technical College: Training Tomorrow’s Workers Today
    •   Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas – Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership: Building the Pipeline
    •   College of the Ouachitas: High School Pre-Apprenticeship Career Pathways
    •   North Arkansas College: Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Clinical Healthcare Workforce Initiative
    •   National Park College: Innovative Technologies Center of Excellence
    •   Northwest Arkansas Community College: Regional Construction Technology Pathway
    •   Philander Smith College: Central Arkansas Center for Workforce Innovation and Strategic Economic Public Private Partnerships (WISE P3)
    •   Rich Mountain Community College: Expanding Workforce Programs in Rural Arkansas
    •   Southern Arkansas University Tech: Aerospace Defense Sector Certification Pathways Planning Grant
    •   South Arkansas Community College: Futures in Information Technology (FIT)
    •   University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton: University of Arkansas Workforce Alliance
    •   University of Arkansas Fayetteville: IT Readiness
    •   University of Arkansas Fort Smith:  Data Analytics Academy
    •   University of Arkansas Fort Smith: Automation Academy
    •   University of Arkansas at Monticello: Workforce Alliance of Southeast Arkansas
    •   University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: Jefferson STEM Work Initiative

    Projects were awarded based on how well they met several core requirements built around career and technical education pathways for students and how well they convey four critical elements of their planning strategy, including program need, program plan, strength of community partnerships and a budget plan.

    The Regional Workforce Grants will be implemented in three stages. These projects that have been awarded planning grants will be eligible to apply for Implementation Grants in June of 2016 and Continuation Grants in 2018.

    The Regional Workforce Grant Program seeks to create a statewide, comprehensive structure enabling students in Arkansas universities, community colleges and secondary centers to participate in career and technical education programs developed with input from area employers and address critical workforce skills gaps.

    The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is comprised of representatives from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the Arkansas Department of Career Education and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

    Grant funds are expected to be distributed later this month.

    The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is responsible for carrying out the policy directives of the AHECB, reviewing college and university academic programs and developing funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities.

    In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $150 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds. For more information, visit


  • Former Malvern, Arkansas, Resident & Leading Actress in more than 150 films and TV shows, Julie Adams, will return to her former hometown...

    September 17:  12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
    Book Reading/Book Signing at 
    College of the Ouachitas Library.
        Julie will be reading from her book:  The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon; 
    This story traces the remarkable life and career of Julie Adams, told in her own words. 

    September 18 and 19:  7:30 p.m.
    Movie Screening of Creature from the  Black Lagoon, Ritz Theatre.

        The Ritz will open at 6:00 p.m. for Book Signing.

    September 20:  2:30 p.m.
    Movie Screenings of Tickle Me and Bend of the River, Ritz Theatre, Donations Accepted.

        The Ritz will open at 1:00 p.m. for Book Signing.

    To Pre-Order Books or Tickets, visit:


    Click here to read the Press Release


    All events are co-hosted by College of the Ouachitas and The Ritz Theatre


  • Orientation is a requirement for NEW or Transfer students. If you were unable to attend the Orientation before school started this semester, you must attend a Make-Up Orientation on either September 9 or September 10, at 12:15pm in the Great Room (A300).

  • College of the Ouachitas invites you to attend the GRAND OPENING of the Center for Applied Science Technology.

    August 27, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   829 MLK Blvd Malvern, AR 72104

  • Campus will be closed on Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:00am-1:30pm.  Campus will reopen at 1:30pm.

  • Find out what the future holds for you in today’s high-tech workplace!

    Get a head start on a rewarding career at the 2015 Young Manufacturers Academy!

    • Design and make things.
    • Use computers and new technologies.
    • Learn about career opportunities.
    • Meet and work with other students.
    • Visit high-tech manufacturing facilities.

    For entering 7th - 9th graders.
    DEADLINE for application to this FREE CAMP is July 28!
    Camp runs Auguat 3 - 5.

    To learn more or register:
    Contact Laurie Hawthorne at 501-332-0236 or lhawthorne [at]

  • August 1 is the deadline for turning in a completed Student loan application (with Entrance Counseling and signed Master Promissory Note). Loan Applications turned in after this date will not be ready by the first day of class.

  • Free event open to any female 7th grade and up (adults included) interested in learning more about STEM programs.

    Choose two sessions. Each session will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. 
    Sessions will include:
       An Hour of Code 
       The Science of Cosmetology
       The Many Faces of Nursing
       Criminal Justice

    Lunch will be provided.
    July 24th, 2015, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


    To pre-register, please contact Dana Brownfield at dbrown [at] or by phone at (501)332-0228.

  • Learn how to design and print 3D models using the same software as our College students. 
    This is a one-day camp; 9:00am - 3:00pm.

    $25 per student; please bring a sack lunch.

    July 16 - Grades 3rd-6th
    July 23 - Grades 7th-12th

     All students who participate will get to take home their 3D print.

    For more information or to register, Contact:
    Jody Callahan - jcallahan [at]
    Michael Karr - mkarr [at]
    Or call

  • College of the Ouachitas Bookstore will be closed all day on Friday, June 26, and Monday, June 29, for inventory.