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North Arkansas College is your college, your way.

Founded in 1974, North Arkansas College is a public two-year college offering transfer and technical degree programs, one-year technical certificates, certificates of proficiency, customized business and industry training, adult basic education (GED) classes and non-credit community education courses. In addition, partnerships with area universities provide the opportunity to achieve a bachelor’s degree in Harrison, Arkansas.

You can even get your degree online. North Arkansas College is one of five community colleges in Arkansas offering 100 percent online associate degrees. The college offers associate degrees in business administration management and accounting.

North Arkansas College is more than just a college. It’s a community.

While we pride ourselves in providing a successful academic experience to our students, we also like to have fun. North Arkansas College has many different organizations that allow students to maximize learning experiences outside of the classroom.

Pioneer athletics draw sports fans, student athletes and visitors to Pioneer Pavilion on the South Campus each year. The college field teams in basketball, baseball, softball and cheerleading.

A disc-golf course, wilderness walking trail and student events will keep you busy when not in class.

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    North Arkansas College

    Founded in 1974, North Arkansas College is a public two-year college located in the beautiful Ozark mountains. Northark has four campuses — north, south and center in Harrison, Ark., and the Carroll County Center in Berryville, Ark.

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    North Arkansas College

    Founded in 1974, North Arkansas College is a public two-year college located in the beautiful Ozark mountains. Northark has four campuses — north, south and center in Harrison, Ark., and the Carroll County Center in Berryville, Ark.

Northark History

In 1973 a group of citizens met in Harrison to discuss the methods for establishing a community college. In November of that year the voters of Boone County approved a millage to finance permanent facilities for North Arkansas Community College. The college opened its doors in 1974 with 225 students.

After construction of Pioneer Pavilion, the Student Center, and additional classrooms in 1980, a library and classroom construction project was completed in 1992. One year later, Northark was a partner in a “first” for Arkansas: North Arkansas Community College and Twin Lakes Technical College became the state’s first community college-technical college union. The facilities housing the former Twin Lakes Technical College became the North Campus of the college, which was renamed at the time North Arkansas Community/Technical College. On July 1, 1997, North Arkansas Community/Technical College was renamed North Arkansas College.

In 2005, Northark purchased the former Regions Bank building located in the heart of downtown Harrison and it became the Center Campus. Administrative offices, community outreach programs and the L.E. “Gene” Durand Center are located on this campus.

The Carroll County Center opened in 2008 in Berryville, Ark. The facility makes the college’s programs and services more accessible to citizens of its second-leading feeder county.

An 11,000-square-foot, $3 million Allied Health Addition opened in 2010 on the south campus. The new area houses classrooms and labs for medical laboratory technology, surgical technology, and nursing, plus a computer lab for allied health students.

Just a few months later the Bradley Student Center was dedicated on the south campus. The Bradley Student Center offers a “one-stop-shop” for student services. It also provides an updated, more comfortable student lounge, including the College Grill, as a place for students to relax between classes. The facility is named in memory of Dr. William and Cora Bradley, grandparents of William P. Stiritz, in recognition of a major gift for the project from Stiritz and his wife, Dr. Susan E. Stiritz.

In 2014, the Science Building, which houses two labs and a 60-seat auditorium-style classroom, opened its doors.