Hot Springs Region Offers Abundant Options at Collegiate Level

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 12:00 am  

Ouachita Baptist University

HSU is part of Arkadelphia’s plan to give children every educational advantage. Children ages 3–4½ are eligible for a preschool program at the university’s Child Service Center.

HSU is also working to make higher learning a goal for motivated high school students through the Arkadelphia College Preparatory Academy. The program utilizes specialized testing to identify students who have a desire to pursue college, but may need additional education to succeed.

In 1974, OBU and HSU formed The Joint Educational Consortium through funding and developmental assistance from the Arkadelphia-based Ross Foundation. The partnership between Arkadelphia’s intense athletic rivals allows students to take classes at each university at no additional charge.

National Park Community College

National Park Community College in Hot Springs offers 21 associate programs, 22 technical certifications, an Adult Education center, and continuing education and workforce development. It is the fourth-largest community college in the state and averages about 3,800 students per semester on the credit side, over 425 in the National Park Technical C benter and about 350 students in the adult education program. Some 2,727 students and 97 businesses are served in workforce and continuing education.

National Park Community College and Henderson State are collaborating to provide baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in Hot Springs. The partnership is part of an agreement between Hot Springs Metro Partnership and the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance.

College of the Ouachitas

College of the Ouachitas, in Malvern, provides professional workforce training in Hot Spring, Clark, Dallas, Saline and Grant Counties.

Key indicators of the curriculum involve: leadership, technology (MicroSoft Suite), teamwork, quality practices, manufacturing skills (PLC, CNC, blueprint reading) and customer support training.

The College of the Ouachitas will work with any business or industry to establish credit bearing classes. Local leaders agree the college provides the up-to-date workforce training needed for current and future businesses.

The College currently partners with Sykes, General Cable, Primeline Inc., CoorsTek, Flakeboard, Kohler, and Pactiv to provide training opportunities for current and future employees.



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