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UAHT ranked #3 community college in Arkansas by Niche

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana has been ranked as the third-best community college in Arkansas by a website that uses a rigorous analysis of academic, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. The 2022 Best Community Colleges ranking from Niche.com compiles scores based on an analysis of several factors, including academics, value, professors, campus, diversity, student life, student surveys on overall experience, the local area, and safety The overall ‘B’ score for UAHT is as high as any two-year institution in Arkansas. Continue Reading →

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Bonner Selected as U of A Hope-Texarkana Academic All-Star

Karcee Bonner of Blevins, Arkansas, has been selected as the 2021 Academic All-Star at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana.  In her time at UAHT, Bonner has been awarded the Honors Scholarship and made the Chancellor’s List every semester. She is a member of the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Association of Baptist Students. “This small college has made a big difference to me,” said Bonner.  “I love the fact that I can get a world-class education only thirty minutes away from home. Continue Reading →

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Application for the Evening Licensed Practical Nursing Program at U of A Texarkana Now Open

The application for admission to the Evening Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program at the University of Arkansas Texarkana is now open. Students can apply online at uaht.edu now through November 1, 2021. The Evening LPN program is a full-time, 11-month, selective admission program leading to a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing. The program prepares students for licensure through the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). The program meets the requirements for accreditation by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Continue Reading →

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A Bladesmithing Wish Come True

Pictured front row left to right: Steve Hodges and Rose HodgesBack row left to right: Ricardo Vilar, J.R. Cook, Jerry Fisk

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana James Black School of Bladesmithing & Historic Trades was recently contacted by Rose Hodges of Canadian, Oklahoma, about possibly allowing her husband, Steve Hodges, to tour the bladesmithing school.  Steve took up bladesmithing as a hobby about two years ago after purchasing a knifemaking kit at a shop in Colorado while on vacation.  Steve said he messed up the handle that came with the knife kit, but he had some wood laying around the house that he used to make his own handle.  “After that, I was hooked on knifemaking and have made about 300 pocketknives since then,” he said. Steve, who is seventy-one, recently overcame colon cancer. However, he was also newly diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Continue Reading →

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A New Era at UA Hope-Texarkana: Dr. Christine Holt Begins as Chancellor

A new era begins at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana today as Dr. Christine Holt begins her role as the new chancellor of the College. Holt comes to UAHT from the University of Missouri System, where she served as Chief of Staff.  “I am excited to join a team that has been so innovative over the years,” Holt said.  “I appreciate all of UAHT’s accomplishments and look forward to maximizing the innumerable opportunities the College has in the future.” Dr. Holt will spend her first 100 days as chancellor with one primary goal: to listen. Continue Reading →

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UA Hope-Texarkana COVID-19 Mask Update From The Chancellor

Effective immediately (August 12, 2021), masks are required in all University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana campus indoor settings, including hallways, classrooms, common areas, and shared spaces of all buildings.  Personal offices are excluded when alone. “It has become necessary that UAHT take an active role in maintaining the safety of our students while educating them on our campus,” said Laura Clark, Interim Chancellor.  “Today, the UA Board of Trustees approved a Delta Facemask Resolution. While we know that there is much debate and court challenges regarding mask mandates, the UAHT administration has chosen to institute a mask mandate on our campuses.”  

According to the CDC Level of Community Transmission statistics, all of the UAHT service areas are at the substantial or high-risk level of community transmission, as is all Arkansas.  “UAHT administration will monitor the CDC rating and evaluate the rating scale weekly,” said Clark. Continue Reading →

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Building a Pipeline for More Teachers: UA Hope-Texarkana Offering New Teaching Assistant Programs

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is offering two new certificates beginning this fall, a Certificate of Proficiency and a Technical Certificate in Teaching Assistant.  The certificates lead to an Associate of Science in Education degree and are designed to provide students the basic educational skills to work in school districts and assist them in passing the paraprofessional exam after completion.  

The certificate classes can be taken by seniors at their local school district as long as a qualified instructor teaches it.  Taking the courses while in high school allows students to work in the teaching field after graduation while pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in education.  The degrees are part of an effort to build a pipeline for more qualified teachers in Arkansas.  UAHT also has transfer agreements with Southern Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock so students can transfer seamlessly to finish their bachelor’s degree in education. “The CP and TC in Teaching Assistant are excellent opportunities for high school students to earn credentials while completing their high school diploma,” said Jan Whatley, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Education.  “The course work is designed to prepare students for the paraprofessional exam, and students are further benefited in that they will gain valuable experience as a paraprofessional while working toward their teaching degree.  By investing in students, high schools are likely to see many of their own students return as educators.”

To speak to an advisor or register, contact the Purtle Advising Center at 870-722-8124 or email pac@uaht.edu. Continue Reading →

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New Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Partnership Available at UA Hope-Texarkana

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana has partnered with eVersity (the University of Arkansas System’s online college) to offer a transition program from the Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology degree at UAHT to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree at eVersity. Students can take their first two years of classes at UAHT and transfer seamlessly to eVersity to finish their bachelor’s degree. An information technology degree prepares students for a career as a computer programmer, information security analyst, and/or computer system analyst. Annual median wages for the career field begin at $72,000.* Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow by 31% by 2029, much faster than average.*

“Every day, technology secures a more prominent place in our daily lives,” said Brittni Hardie, UAHT Information Technology Instructor. “So, it’s no surprise that IT professionals are among the most in-demand employees. Continue Reading →

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Sign Up Now for the Watermelon Idol Singing Competition at the Hope Watermelon Festival

Sign up now for Watermelon Idol, the premiere singing contest in the Ark-La-Tex region!  Watermelon Idol is live again this year at the Hope Watermelon Festival at Hope Fair Park.  The contest is limited to 20 entries that will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The first round of competition is Thursday, August 5 at 4:30 p.m. on the Farmer’s Bank Stage.  The final round will be held on Saturday, August 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the CMC Steel Concert Stage.  The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to open for Phil Vassar at the Watermelon Festival Concert on Saturday night. Preliminary Round:  Thursday, August 5, 4:30 p.m. – Farmer’s Bank Stage at Hope Fair Park

Final Round:  Saturday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. – Hope Fair Park CMC Steel Concert Stage


3rd place – $50 & Trophy

2nd place – $150 & Trophy

1st place – $300, Trophy, & opens for Phil Vassar

*The Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce provides trophies and cash prizes. Entry Form:  https://bit.ly/3iehhEZ

Official Rules:

No professional singers are allowed to enter the competition.No previous winners are allowed to enter the competition.There are no separate categories for individual and group acts or age.The top 5 acts based on the judge’s scores will make it to the final round.No arguing with or harassing the judges will be tolerated.If you are late for your time slot, you will be disqualified.Contestants must provide their own instruments and/or soundtracks. For more information, contact the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana New Student Orientation Events Scheduled

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) will hold multiple New Student Orientations to help students “Rock” the fall semester! Students can choose from orientations on each campus on the dates listed below. Hope Campus New Student Orientation Options:

MorningEveningMonday, August 16 • 9:00 a.m. – NoonMonday, August 16 • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, August 17 • 9:00 a.m. – Noon 

Texarkana Campus New Student Orientation Options:

MorningEveningWednesday, August 18 • 9:00 a.m. – NoonWednesday, August 18 • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Thursday, August 19 • 9:00 a.m. – Noon 

New student orientation is a mandatory event for all incoming UAHT students. Orientation will prepare new UAHT students for the college experience by reviewing academic expectations, financial aid, and student account information. Students can get their student ID card during orientation, pick up their UAHT parking sticker, and learn about valuable resources to help them succeed in college. Continue Reading →

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