CCCUA Expands to Murfreesboro
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas will expand into Pike County beginning with the spring 2011 semester.
The property that was purchased is located the north side of Main Street or one block west of the Pike County Courthouse. The building belonged to the Raymond Walls family and has housed the Napa Parts Store for many years and formerly a discount retailer. Mike Johnson, manager of Napa plans to continue business in the present location. Maria Parker, Vice Chancellor for Academics for CCCUA, said the other half of the building will be remodeled featuring four classrooms and a computer lab. General Education classes will be offered and within the coming year, plans are to offer college courses for high school students through the Secondary Career Center Program.
“We are excited about our expansion but his endeavor could not have happened without the work of three people; former Cossatot Chancellor Frank Adams, Cossatot Board Member Kathy Beavert, and especially the family of Raymond Walls. It was their thoughtfulness that will bring education to Pike County,” said Steve Cole, Chancellor of CCCUA. “This was a major project that took almost a year to complete. We had many hurdles to clear, especially that of financing. It was the community-mindedness of First State Bank that made the final deal go through. They considered it an honor to invest in the community and the University of Arkansas, and we consider it an honor to do business with a bank like First State.”
Cossatot will not only be involved in providing access to education, but will also be at the table for economic development projects located in Pike County.
Signing documents for the CCCUA purchase for the future home of the Murfreesboro Extension site. Seated Left to right: Maria Parker, Peggy Walls, Raymond Walls and Steve Cole, standing is Mike Johnson.