SouthArk offers a wide-range of degrees and certificates in health sciences, industrial technologies, liberal arts, and business. For students who want to obtain two years of education and transfer to a four-year college, SouthArk offers the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, and a number of associates degrees with professional emphasis. SouthArk is a leading institution for training health care professionals in Arkansas. Programs include, but are not limited to: Nursing, Emergency Medical Technology, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology.
SouthArk’s Corporate and Community Education Division provides training via the classroom and on-line so that employees from the region’s various businesses and industries are able to access training they need to upgrade skills. The Center also provides training to dislocated workers, underemployed workers, and those changing careers. Local businesses and industries contract with the Corporate and Community Education to provide customized training, recognizing the value of helping their employees acquire new skills so they can remain competitive in the global economy.
Affordability and convenience bring many students to SouthArk, but the quality of education and personal attention keep them here. SouthArk is the most affordable choice for higher education in the region. SouthArk offers financial assistance including grants, loans, student employment, a tuition payment plan, and numerous scholarships.Mission Statement
South Arkansas Community College promotes excellence in learning, teaching, and service; provides lifelong educational opportunities; and serves as a cultural, intellectual, and economic resource for the community.
South Arkansas Community College will be a regional leader in education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Collectively, we will build and maintain an accessible, inclusive and attractive environment that provides leading-edge technology and dynamic service to a diverse student body on campus, in our communities and at a distance. We will convey enthusiasm for our mission and continuously endeavor to increase opportunities for learning, teaching, mentoring and service, in an atmosphere which fosters academic freedom. Through systematic analysis, ongoing communication and outreach, we will address unmet needs in our service area; provide academic, professional and occupational curricula, as well as opportunities for cultural enrichment and maintain rigorous standards of excellence.
Purposes of the College
The college has identified six values statements that serve as guiding principles in fulfilling the Mission Statement.
South Arkansas Community College, known locally as SouthArk, is a public, comprehensive community college with an open-door policy, providing educational programs, workforce development, civic and cultural enrichment, and support services to students and residents in its service area.
Formed from a merger of Southern Arkansas University, El Dorado Branch (SAU-EB), and Oil Belt Technical College (OBTC), South Arkansas Community College was approved by a 62 percent majority vote in Union County in March 1992. Then Governor Bill Clinton appointed a nine-member Board of Trustees, and all assets and liabilities of Oil Belt and SAU-EB were transferred by June 30, 1992, to SouthArk. The former OBTC became known as the East Campus and SAU-EB the West Campus.