UA Cossatot marks 40th anniversary After four decades, college has not forgotten vo-tech roots;
$700,000 commons area to be built on De Queen campus
DE QUEEN – UA Cossatot will reach a milestone anniversary in 2015 with the commemoration of its 40th year and though the official date isn't until Nov. 26, the celebrations are already underway.
"We couldn't be more excited about this milestone," said Chancellor Steve Cole. "It's amazing to think we've been part of this community for four decades."
It all began in 1972 when members of the De Queen Chamber of Commerce applied to the state for the creation of a vo-tech college in this particular corner of Southwest Arkansas. Thanks to a group of local community leaders and educators, the application process succeeded and Cossatot Vocational-Technical College opened its doors in 1975 with an initial enrollment of just several dozen students - the college's first commencement ceremony numbered just 15 graduates.
Since then, the college has grown to include many more students, three full-fledged campuses and extension learning sites in Dierks, Foreman, Lockesburg and Murfreesboro.
"The college has grown tremendously over the years," said Cole. "I think it's evidence of how vibrant and important of an institution this college has become in our community."
Although the college is highlighting its history this year, UA Cossatot officials are still very much focused on the future. The college has a number of renovations, new programs and student-oriented projects in the works this year.
Cole said one of the college's most anticipated projects is the creation of a Physical Therapy Assistant program to complement its existing Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Although these programs as well as the college's welding courses are centered on its Ashdown campus, the programs are open to everyone.
"The biggest thing we're doing right now is tying our courses to the needs of the workforce," said Cole. "We want to offer the right programs that meet the needs of our area industries and land our students jobs as soon as they graduate, and there's a lot of need for people in the OTA/PTA fields."
To read the complete article, please see the Aug. 27 edition of The De Queen Bee.
Rodeo Royalty – The 2015 Sevier County Rodeo Royalty contestants are, from left to right in the front row, Sarah Wollcott, Abbie Clay, 2014 Little Miss Hadlie Dixon, Gracie Wollcott, Kaylee Wollcott and Ashton Wollcot. In the back row are 2014 Queen Bailey Denton, Karley Wollcott, Morgan Sweeden and 2014 Princess Heather Bradshaw. The winner will be announced Saturday night at the rodeo.
Ringgold Rodeo to begin on Thursday DE QUEEN – Things are heating up at the 78th annual Sevier County Fair and Rodeo with many activities lined up for the rest of the week and weekend.
The Ringgold & Sons Co. Rodeo will start off its first performance tonight at 8 p.m. Anyone who misses tonight’s show can plan to attend either Friday or Saturday, with both shows also starting at 8 p.m. Cost is $6 for persons 13 and up, $3 for kids six to 12, and free for children under five.
The annual fair and rodeo parade will begin tonight at 6 p.m. with the route going through downtown De Queen and towards the Sevier County Fairgrounds.
The carnival opened Wednesday night and will remain open through Saturday night. Cost for an arm band is $20.
The commercial booth and exhibition building will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
The Sevier County Premium Sale is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.