University of Arkansas Community College Batesville


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The two-year college is the unique American contribution to higher education, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has played an important part in this movement by providing access to education for the people of north central Arkansas since 1991, when it was reorganized as Gateway Technical College.

Among the 14 vocational-technical schools converted into technical colleges and university branch campuses by an act of the Arkansas legislature, UACCB endeavors to provide quality Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree programs in occupational technical areas, a college parallel transfer curriculum including Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, customized training for business and industry, continuing education programs for life-long learning and personal enrichment, and adult education.


In October 1997, Gateway Technical College merged with the University of Arkansas System and with the passage of a county sales tax became the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in March 1998. UACCB is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. UACCB's service area was defined by the State Board of Higher Education to include Independence and Cleburne Counties; UACCB shares Stone and Sharp Counties with Ozarka College.

Conversion, Renovation, & Expansion

Since UACCB's conversion to an institution of higher education, the faculty, staff, and trustees have worked diligently to fulfill its mission of expanded service. New courses and programs of study have been added throughout the Industrial Technologies, Health Occupations, Business, and General Education curricula.

Renovation and expansion of the campus has also been an important part of the UACCB mission. Phase I construction was completed in the summer of 1999 and drastically changed the appearance of the campus. This phase included an 11,000 square foot Arts and Sciences Building, main entrance signs, an arcade on the Main Classroom Building, landscaping, additional parking lots and campus infrastructure.

Phase II of the construction program was completed in the spring 2001. The corner stone to Phase II is Independence Hall, a 37,375 square foot Conference/Student Center. In 2002, the College invested in the utilities infrastructure on the newly acquired 25 acres east of the original campus property, connected the properties with a traffic bridge and constructed a new 14,000 square foot consolidated Plant Maintenance Facility and over the summer the former Business and Community Outreach building was renovated and now houses the Adult Education Center. The renovation of the building brought it in line with the campus motif and provided an added 1000 square feet to the structure. UACCB has a bright future and will strive to provide even greater educational opportunities for the citizens it serves.

Workforce Training

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has access to instructors who can help businesses and industry meet specific workforce training needs. Training can be on site, on campus, or virtual.  Examples of training include:

  • Soft/Essential Skills 
  • Microsoft Office
  • Leadership and Supervision topics
  • PowerSafe
  • Class B CDL Training
  • CPR/BLS/AED/First Aid Training
  • ServSafe Food Safety
  • Customized courses for companies

The Workforce Development program at UACCB partners with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses, and industries to meet their workforce training needs. The Director of Workforce and Career Services works closely with new and existing companies to accurately understand training needs and design and present the type of training packages that will meet those needs.

Training programs often combine classroom learning with hands-on work that allows learners to practice the skills they are learning. To conduct the training, the Workforce Development program may look to people from the company requesting the training as well as other experts in the area of skills needed to assist in delivering quality training.

To see the current training opportunities on the schedule Click HERE.

Whether you are beginning your college career, seeking continuing education or looking for personal enrichment courses, the faculty and staff at UACCB are dedicated to offering a personalized experience to help you achieve your educational goals. UACCB’s daytime, evening and online classes make it easier to earn a degree through flexible scheduling. Specialized programs such as Cosmetology, Nursing, EMT-Paramedic and Industrial Technology are offered in modern facilities with updated technology at affordable costs. A seamless path to earning a bachelor’s degree is provided through the 70-plus program agreements UACCB has with several 4-year universities. No matter your goals, UACCB can help you reach them. Your seat is waiting!