Campus News

  • Malvern, AR – College of the Ouachitas recently received more than $1.8 million to expand education and career training programs for the high-skill fields of advanced manufacturing and transportation.  The announcement was made on Thursday by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) Grant Program, which was authorized by the stimulus bill.

    Mr. Ruben Keisler, COTO Dean of Career and Technical Education, stated, “I am grateful that the College will receive these funds from the Department of Labor allowing us to train our area workforce in advanced areas of manufacturing and distribution to fit our current and future needs of industry.”

    “College of the Ouachitas is very appreciative of this funding from the U.S. Department of Labor that will address the workforce needs in both Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation.  As a result of this funding, the College will be developing two new programs, Industrial and Nano Robotics, as well as Machining and Fabrication,” remarked Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker, President of College of the Ouachitas.  “These programs will produce Machinists, Electro-Mechanical Technicians, among others – all of which have been identified by the Arkansas Economic Developers as an immediate need in the state.”

    Dr. Schoonmaker continued, “In addition, the grant can enable the College to build and equip a mobile truck driving simulation lab, thus producing a much-needed truck driving workforce that is also experiencing a shortage, according to the Arkansas Economic Developers.  These advancements are vital to the economic development of our local communities and region.”

    The Southwest Arkansas Community College Consortium will receive a total of $8,419,390 to help address gaps in services currently provided to businesses, create systems to ensure quick responses to business needs, and establish new regional collaborations.  The schools receiving funding are as follows:

    College of the Ouachitas, Malvern: $1,801,912
    Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, DeQueen: $450,000
    National Park Community College, Hot Springs: $1,003,800
    Rich Mountain Community College, Mena: $300,000
    South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado: $3,904,256
    Southern Arkansas University Tech, Camden: $417,800
    University of Arkansas Community College at Hope: $541,622

    “If we want to stay competitive in today’s global economy, we need to equip our students with the needed skills, degrees, and training,” Pryor said.  “Thanks to this funding, our community colleges now have the resources they need to help their students obtain high-wage, high-skill jobs in our nation’s fastest-growing industries. This is a win-win for Arkansas students and businesses.”

  • The last day to charge books to your Financial Aid is Monday, September 9th

    Financial Aid refunds will be disbursed Friday, September 20th. Refund checks will be available after 9 a.m. at the Business Office windows. Students must have their Student ID and Driver’s License.

  • Want to learn something new?
    Join one of these evening Community Education classes at College of the Ouachitas!

    2 hours/1 night per week/4 weeks
    Cake Decorating Basics - $40
    Beginning/Intro to Golf - $60

    2 hours/2nights per week/4 weeks
    Computer Basics - $80
    Welding Basics - $150

    1 hour/1 night per week/4weeks
    Line Dancing - $40

    3 hours/1 night/1 week
    Google Apps - $75

    1 hour/1night/4 weeks
    Barre None Exercise Class - $50

    Call Mary Ann Harper for more information at 501-332-0208!

  • Free Tutoring Services available in the COTO Library Mon-Thurs 8:00-4:30 ALL Subjects. Visit the COTO Library for more information or to schedule an appointment.

  • ATTENTION STUDENTS: Arrangements for payments, payment plans or financial aid must be made by 4:30pm on Friday, August 30. 

  • Normal parking will resume Monday, 26 August. Please observe all posted parking signs. If the main front lots are full, don’t forget that we have additional parking along the sides and back of the main building complex. 

  • All College of the Ouachitas offices will be closing at NOON on Friday, August 23rd, for a campus wide meeting. 

  • In an effort to relieve some of the “first week of class” confusion, College of the Ouachitas is trying something new.  Selected areas that are normally designated as Faculty/Staff Parking will be temporarily open to students. 

    As students arrive on campus Monday morning, they will be greeted by members of administration, faculty, and staff who will be acting as parking attendants.  COTO asks that everyone abide by the directions of these parking attendants so that traffic will flow smoothly and no one is late for class.

    Signs have been temporarily covered, once they are uncovered normal parking will resume.

    Follow this link to a map showing all available parking spaces on campus.

  • Don't forget to get your ID Card made for Fall Semester. It is FREE until August 30 in the Library/Learning Resource Center. You must have your fall schedule to get your card.

  • There is still time to register for the Fall 2013 semester, but classes are filling up quickly!

    What to do:
    Go to Admissions & Financial Aid

    Visit Student Affairs and submit official transcripts - either High School with the date of graduation or GED scores or if transferring from another college, submit official College Transcript(s) from each college attended.

    Submit immunization records
    (TWO measles, ONE mumps, and ONE rubella)

    Submit placement scores from one of the following:
    (Scores must be dated within the past five years. Transfer students must have their transcript(s) evaluated to determine if placement tests are needed. COMPASS may be taken at COTO.)

    See Financial Aid Personnel for available financial aid and scholarship information.

    Visit the Business Office for payment options and class schedule.

    New Students attend Freshman Orientation on August 15 at 12:00pm.