The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) embraces a practical approach to education providing students with diverse educational opportunities and job enhancement programs. For more than 20 years, UACCB has crafted a unique blend of associate and transfer degrees and technical certifications by focusing on the needs and demands of industry leaders and residents in the community.
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, Associate of Arts in Teaching 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.
In the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, UACCB celebrated the highest enrollment increases the college has seen in the last five years. The 2019 fall enrollment increase was the highest enrollment increase among community colleges in the state over the last five years. UACCB is a major area employer with approximately 280 employees, which includes full-time and part-time employees, as well as work study students. The campus is actively involved in providing training opportunities for the community’s workforce, logging 10,592 workforce education contact hours in 2019.
Located in the heart of the Ozarks, UACCB's campus includes 12 buildings on 58 acres. The new addition to campus is a state-of-the-art Workforce Training Center that includes areas for career and technical education, a makerspace and a business and industry meeting room. UACCB has been recognized as a leader in education both locally and nationally. The college has been recognized twice by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges. UACCB maintains partnerships within the community and across the state. The college readily partnered with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Lyon College in IMPACT Independence County, a strategic plan to improve education and promote economic growth in Independence County and hosted the initial IMPACT committee meetings. UACCB also has partnerships with all major four-year institutions in the state, providing seamless paths to four-year degrees for students.