Ozarka Vocational-Technical School opened in 1975 to service residents of Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties. The first class of 43 students graduated in July of 1976. In 1999 it became Ozarka College, offering a wide range of degree programs and having agreements with four-year colleges and universities around the state to allow students in the associate of arts program to transfer easily.
In addition to offering an associate of arts program (general education and transfer program), other academic programs include: Automobile Service, Business Technology, Criminal Justice Leadership, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Development, EMT Basic, General Technology, Health Information Management, Information Science Technology and Licensed Practical Nursing.
This fall, nearly 1,000 students are expected to attend Ozarka classes at one of three sites: Melbourne (Izard County -- main campus), Mountain View (Stone County), and Ash Flat (Sharp County). Classes in Ash Flat are held in Remington Plaza as construction of the new Ash Flat campus is currently under way.
The fall class schedule can be viewed online at www.ozarka.edu. Classes start Aug. 19.
Returning students should contact their advisors for schedule planning prior to registration. They can log on to my.ozarka.edu using their student IDs and passwords for information on assigned advisors. Registration for returning students has been taking place this week. Students can also enroll during the first week of class.
Orientation and registration for new students will be held in the Miller Complex Lecture Hall at the main campus in Melbourne at 9 a.m. Aug. 13, 16 and 17 as follows: * Friday, Aug. 13 -- All new students enrolling in technical programs or associate of arts in teaching * Monday, Aug. 16 -- New students whose last names begins with the letters L-Z * Tuesday, Aug. 17 -- New students whose last names begins with the letters A-K
I've been teaching computer courses at Ozarka since fall semester of 2001. This fall, I'll be teaching the following classes at the Ash Flat facility: * Introduction to Computers (Monday 6-9 p.m.) * Computer Information Systems (Tuesday 3-6 p.m.)
If you're computer illiterate, the world is passing you by. I've had students of all ages take my intro class, many of whom didn't even know how to turn a computer on. So far, no one has been hurt.
I may also be conducting a creative writing workshop, tentatively scheduled to start in October or late September. This class is only in the planning stage and we're still working out the details. It may or may not become a reality. If this class is offered, it will probably be a continuing education course (non-credit) limited to a small group (10-12 participants) that will meet for two hours, once a week for eight weeks.
When I know about the specifics of this class, I'll mention it in one of my columns. The school will also publish announcements of upcoming continuing education classes in various local publications. You can always contact the Continuing Education Department for further details.
For more information about Ozarka College and fall semester, you can visit the Web site at www.ozarka.edu or contact one of the campuses: * Melbourne at 870-368-7371 or 800-821-4335 * Mountain View at 870-269-5001 * Ash Flat at 870-994-4009
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