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Ozarka College

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Type  Community College
President  Dr. Richard L. Dawe
Phone  +1 870-368-7371
Color  Maroon
Established  1975
Students  1,325
Total enrollment  3,124 (2012)
Ozarka College
Former names  Ozarka Vocational-Technical School; Ozarka Technical College
Motto  Providing life-changing experiences through education.
Address  218 College Dr, Melbourne, AR 72556, USA
Undergraduate tuition and fees  Local tuition: 2,680 USD (2015), Domestic tuition: 5,032 USD (2015)
Similar  University of Arkansas, Southern Arkansas University, Cossatot Community College, Arkansas State University‑Newport, Black River Technical College

Ozarka college capping and pinning spring 2015

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 that serves the populations of Izard, Stone, Fulton, and Sharp counties.


Ozarka college student services center


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.

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

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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


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

Notable alumni

  • Gerald Clarke, artist and educator
  • References

    Ozarka College Wikipedia