Ozarka College

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Ozarka College
Ozarka College Seal, revised 2013.svg
Former names
Ozarka Vocational-Technical School; Ozarka Technical College
Motto Providing life-changing experiences through education.
Established 1975
Type Community College
President Dr. Richard L. Dawe
Students 1,325
Location Melbourne, Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°03′18″N 91°53′43″W / 36.05489°N 91.89528°W / 36.05489; -91.89528
Colors Crimson, White and Black
Website http://www.ozarka.edu/

Ozarka College (OC) is a two-year public post-secondary institution with a main campus located in Melbourne, Arkansas and satellite campuses in Mountain View, Ash Flat, and Mammoth Spring. Serving the populations of Izard, Stone, Fulton, and Sharp counties, Ozarka has benefited greatly from the Arkansas legislature passing ACT 1244, which permitted it to grow into a full-fledged community college. This was done as part of a wider movement to transform Arkansas' technical schools into community colleges.[1]

The school opened in 1975 as Ozarka Vocational-Technical School and was renamed to Ozarka Technical College by the Arkansas legislature in 1991. In 1999, it dropped the word Technical from its name to emphasize its wider range of programs. Currently the college enrolls approximately 1,500 students per semester.[2]

Aerial view of the campus

In 1996 the Ozarka College was accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[3]

In 2002, the college received a 30-acre (120,000 m2) donation to serve as the site of a distance learning center in Ash Flat, Arkansas. The donation came from First National Bank of Sharp County and Bob Watson of Brooksville, Florida. It had an assessed value of 105,000 dollars.[4][5] In 2008 a new 9,200-square-foot (850 m2) structure designed by Rico Harris of Harris Architecture in Hot Springs, Arkansas was completed to accompany the existing 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) building.[6]

In 2004, the library was renamed to Paul Weaver Library to honor the senator Paul Weaver due to his contribution to Ozarka College and its community.[7]

2015 marked Ozarka College's 40th anniversary as well as the 10th anniversary of permanent campuses in Ash Flat and Mountain View and the 5th anniversary of the Mammoth Spring campus.

On January 29, 2015, Ozarka College held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Student Services Center on the main campus in Melbourne. [8] The Student Services Center is the first two-story building in the history of Ozarka College and houses all of Ozarka's Student Services departments including: Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Pathways, TRiO Student Support Services and others. The new Ozarka College Cafe is also located on the ground floor of the building and is open to the public. [9]

Arkansas State Representative Michelle Gray of Melbourne is a former employee of the accounting office at Ozarka College.[10]


The ratio of males to females is about 31% to 69%.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "ATYC: The Origins of an Educational Success". Arkansas Business. 2000-10-02. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Our History". Ozarka College. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Higher Learning Comissioon". Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Ozarka College receives 30 acres donation". Arkansas Business. 2002-05-06. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Sharp judge looks forward". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Ozarka College is expanding". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Paul Weaver Library Ozarka College". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to take place at Ozarka College". Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ozarka Café is Open to the Public". Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Michelle Gray's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ozarka College". Retrieved 2008-12-09. 

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