Campus News

  • COTO congratulates the winners of our 2017 Academic Showcase!  Great work, all. 

    Judges' Award Winner:  Eric Gaither
    Viewers' Choice:  Nicole Reynolds and Amy Caddy
    Best Visual Display:  Lynn Green
    Best Real-Time Presentation:  Parker Hope
    SAU Prize for Technology:  Eric Gaither

    Prizes will be awarded during the annual COTO Awards Ceremony, on May 5.

  • The Financial Aid Office will be closed this Friday, April 7th from 8 am - 1:00 pm for employee training.

  • Subject: IRS and Department of Education Statement‎ About the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

    The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on and is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. However, at this time, the IRS anticipates the online data tool will be unavailable for several weeks.

    This does not limit families’ ability to apply for aid. Applicants have other options while the data tool is unavailable. Applicants filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or applying for an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan can manually provide the requested financial information from copies of their tax returns. The online FAFSA and IDR application remain operational, and applicants can continue filing the FAFSA or applying for an IDR plan as they normally would.

    As part of a wider, ongoing effort at the IRS to protect the security of data, the IRS decided to temporarily suspend the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) as a precautionary step following concerns that information from the tool could potentially be misused by identity thieves. The scope of the issue is being explored, and the IRS and FSA are jointly investigating the issue. At this point, we believe the issue is relatively isolated, and no additional action is needed by taxpayers or people using these applications. The IRS and FSA are actively working on a way to further strengthen the security of information provided by the DRT. We will provide additional information when we have a specific timeframe for returning the DRT or other details to share.

  • College of the Ouachitas recently announced the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Fall 2016 semester.  Students on the President’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.  Those named to the President’s List include Hot Spring County residents: Ashley Clark, Samuel Donoho, Whitney Edwards, Kelsey Elrod, Eric Gaither, LaHannah Harp, Gary Loughren, Sheena Loy, Jerrilyn Moreno, Jessica Robertson, and Seth Williams; Clark County residents: Billy Adams and KiaQuana Jones; Grant County residents: Samantha Hankins, Emily Jordan, Kayla Reed, and Allison White; Saline County residents: Michelle Barrett, Timothy Haynes, and Samantha Patterson; Garland County residents: Guadalupe Cruz and Clint Turner; and Jefferson County resident: Dana Smith.

    Students named to the Dean’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 3.50 grade point average for the semester.  Those named to the Dean’s List include Hot Spring County residents: Aaron Brown, Amy Caddy, Leann Carroll, Miles Donoho, Shelby Fugate, Kimberly Henderson, Lloyd Howerton, Sara Johnson, Jace Keeney, Payton Kehner, Clarence Kellogg, Jared McCarver, Kayla Overton, Austin Owens, Madison Paine, Alana Parish, Nicole Reynolds, Robert Rimmer, Stephen Rogers, Shayla Warner, and Scott Whitehead; Clark County residents: Tia Gulley, Brianna Porchia, and Shaquita Webster; Grant County residents: Collin Boatright, Alyx Bohannon, Bryanna Burks, Emily Funderburg, Brandyn Gilbert, Brookelynn Holysz, Parker Hope, Emily Monroe, and Marvin Simmons; Saline County residents: Bryan Chaney, William Jackson, and Raegan Norris; Garland County residents: Shaunasty Clark and Johnathan Nkameni; Calhoun County resident: Robert Aulds; Dallas County resident: Yessenia Gonzalez; and Ouachita County resident: Ashley Mello. 


  • College of the Ouachitas wants to welcome you to Spring classes for 2017. We want to remind you that either a payment or your financial aid needs to be completed and showing on your account before January 18, 2017. If you have made a payment plan, we still need a payment on your account by this date. Otherwise, you risk the chance of losing your classes. Classes start Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

    The Business Office offers a payment plan. Payments are divided into three payments for spring classes. We charge a $35 finance fee (non-refundable) for this service. You may also make payments online through your self-service account. Be sure to review your self-service account to verify all payments have been applied and all charges are correct. Contact the Business Office at 501.332.0237 to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding your student account.

  • Due to the unanticipated band of snow that should move into our area around 12:00, College of the Ouachitas will close TODAY (1/6) AT 11:00 AM to allow our employees to get home ahead of this band.  Stay safe and stay warm!

    January 5, 2017
    Contact: Amber Childers, Executive Director of College Advancement
    College of the Ouachitas
    One College Circle
    Malvern, AR 72104

    DLM Division of Systems, Inc. in collaboration with College of the Ouachitas, COTO Adult Education, Department of Workforce Services, Department of Human Services, and the West Central Arkansas Workforce Development Area is pleased to announce a free training program which could potentially lead to full-time employment with DLM as a mig welder. 

    No experience is necessary to apply for this free training program which will be conducted to prepare applicants for employment opportunities with DLM. Trainees will not be paid for their time while attending class however DLM will hire welders from those who successfully complete the training. The training will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on one Saturday beginning January 21, 2017 for approximately five weeks to accommodate those who are already employed but are looking for a better opportunity.  The training will also include four weeks of paid work experience before full-time employment is determined.  DLM offers excellent pay & benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

    Successful completion of the training does not guarantee employment.  Other factors for consideration include: passing a drug screen, Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment scores, interview, lifting and transferring materials of up to 50 lbs., following safety rules and general company policy, showing up for training and work on time and every day, demonstrating a positive can-do attitude, demonstrating a good work ethic, and producing a quality product.

    If you think you have what it takes and are interested in investing in your future you may apply at the Malvern Workforce Center located at 1735 East Sullenberger, or at the College of the Ouachitas, CAST Building located at 829 MLK Blvd, Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Applicants can also fill out applications at any Arkansas Workforce Center where they will be forwarded via email to the Malvern Workforce Center. Application deadline is January 13, 2017.  Applicants will be required to attend one of two information sessions on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM or Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the COTO CAST Building in order to be considered for the training.  If you have any questions or for more information please call Laurie Hawthorne at 501.332.0236. 

  • Malvern, Arkansas – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the Southern Arkansas Regional Alliance (SARA) Wednesday between College of the Ouachitas (COTO), National Park College (NPC), and Henderson State University (HSU). 

    The institutions collaborated to form the alliance in response to the Governor’s Closing the Gap 2020 master plan for higher education. The goal of the regional alliance is to create an innovative, collaborative, 21st century delivery model for higher education and workforce development initiatives in Arkansas that will prioritize student success, degree attainment and workforce development ahead of tradition and turf. The agreement also includes strategies for creating institutional efficiencies through shared resources. 

    Dr. Maria Markham, Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) reflected on the Governor’s call for more accountability for institutions of higher education in October. She noted a number of initiatives have been announced in response to the Governor’s call. The Higher Education Productivity Funding Model is a productivity-based approach that emphasizes student success, as well as access. She explained that today’s announcement, which includes two of the state’s community colleges and one four-year university – will allow these institutions to prioritize student success, degree attainment and workforce development in Arkansas.

    Dr. Steve Rook, COTO President said, “Alliances of this type are fairly common within community colleges but not necessarily with a mixture of both two-year and four-year institutions. The alliance allows the three schools to set up a framework that will promote student success and workforce development in our region. While the two-year schools focus on meeting our primary mission within our service areas, the additional help from Henderson State University will be instrumental to the alliance’s success. The MOU will be the center of the relationship for the three of us as we work together in higher education and economic development promoting the student success in our area.”

    “Our partnership will create greater opportunities for the students in our region. We will establish more seamless degree options and increase student degree attainment throughout south Arkansas as we simplify transfer pathways between our institutions,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson State University President. “We look forward to serving as a catalyst for economic development in south Arkansas as we work with leaders and communities to promote stronger cooperation, industry engagement and branding throughout our region,” he added.

    NPC President Dr. John Hogan said, “Our main goal is to increase degree completions for our service areas by compressing time to degree and eliminating wasted coursework which will result in keeping quality graduates in the area. NPC has prioritized expansion of transfer agreements for Garland County students. We believe this alliance will help strengthen our efforts in that area.” He noted, “This alliance is not a merger and it is not exclusive to COTO, NPC, and Henderson State. We look forward to welcoming other institutions who may contribute to the group’s mission.”


    About NPC
    National Park College was established in 1973 and is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The College enrolls nearly 5,000 credit and non-credit students per semester. NPC is a comprehensive two-year institution offering associate degrees and certificates as well as continuing education, community services and workforce training.

    About Henderson State
    Henderson State University, located in the heart of southwest Arkansas, provides a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society. For 125 years, Henderson State has worked to bridge student aspirations to career success by instilling in students the skills employers most want – communication, decision-making, teamwork and problem-solving – through the application of a strong core of liberal arts classes that are applied through professional studies.

    About COTO
    College of the Ouachitas in Malvern, Arkansas, provides high quality, accessible educational opportunities at the freshman and sophomore level in associate degree, technical certificate, and certificate of proficiency programs, a college-transfer program, continuing education, and industry-specific training to support individual and community needs in Arkansas.  As directed by its mission, the College “continually identifies and addresses the changing learning needs of the communities it serves.”  Annual enrollments include over 1,800 credit and over 1,200 non-credit students. To learn more, visit

    Watch the full announcement here

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  • College of the Ouachitas Library will be open for students on Sunday, December 11, 12:00-5:00 pm, in preparation for Finals Week.