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Phillips Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602, (800) 621-7440. The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; (212) 363- 5555, ext. 153. The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), P.O. Box 75634, Chicago, IL 60675-5634, (773) 714-8880. The Phlebotomy program is approved by NAACLS. The business programs are accredited by The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland Park, KS 66211, (913) 339-9356.

The College is also approved by the Arkansas State Approving Agency for Veterans Training.

Phillips Community College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Mission Statement

     The Phillips Community College District is a multi-campus, two-year college serving Eastern Arkansas.  The college is committed to individual, organizational and community development.  It provides accessible, affordable education, training and public services that are consistent with the goals and objectives of its students and the communities it serves.  Through its numerous programs and partnerships, the College provides high quality educational opportunities and supports the economic growth of Eastern Arkansas.  Phillips Community College is a member of the University of Arkansas System. 

© 1996, Board of Visitors of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.

History of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

     Dr. Alan Sugg and Dr. Steven Murray (Chancellor PCCUA)
In 1964, leaders from all parts of Arkansas became enthusiastic about the public community college concept and undertook the difficult task of amending the state’s constitution to permit the development of system of community colleges in Arkansas.

The official history of Phillips County Community College dates from two events in 1965: (1) Act 560 of the Arkansas State Legislature, which paved the way for establishing community colleges; and (2) an affirmative vote by the people of Phillips County on October 23, 1965, which provided the local financial support forth college.

The Board of Trustees was appointed by the Governor of the State and met for the first time on November 1, 1965, officially creating Phillips County Community College. An early order of business for the Board was the election of Dr. John Easley as the first President of the College. The Board of Trustees decided that since construction of a new plant would take approximately two years, classes would begin in the Naval Reserve Building in Helena. The building served as home for Phillips County Community College for two years. In May, 1968, the first class was graduated. Construction of the permanent College facilities was also completed in 1968.

In 1972, the Fine Arts Center and Lily Peter Auditorium were completed with the help of generous support from the community. In 1976, the Nursing Education Complex was completed. In 1982, the Technical & Industrial Education Complex was opened. In 1986, the administration/data processing building was completed, and a year later, the college library was renovated and named the Lewis Library, thanks to the generosity of the A. B. Lewis family.

In 1988, Dr. Easley retired, and the administration building was renamed in his honor. Dr. Steven W. Jones was elected by the Board of Trustees to be the college’s second president on March 8, 1988.

Since that time, the College has experienced dramatic growth with an expansion of the curriculum and facilities. Enrollment increased steadily in the early 1990’s, and the Asa W. Bonner Student Center was dedicated in 1991. The Mitchell Science Annex was added to the Nursing Education Complex in 1992. In 1993, the College was given the historic Pillow-Thompson House in Helena by Josephine Thompson and her son, George de Man. The house was renovated with the generous support of community donations and historic preservation grants and reopened in May of 1997.

In March 1996, the people of Arkansas County passed a referendum to annex that county into the PCCC taxing district. The Board of Trustees changed the name of the college to Phillips Community College to reflect the multi-county support and began plans to expand the off-campus programs in Stuttgart. In June 1996, the State transferred the former Rice Belt Technical Institute in DeWitt to Phillips Community College and on July 1, 1996, Phillips became a member of the University of Arkansas System.

Facilities in Arkansas County have grown to include day and evening classes in Stuttgart and general education programs in DeWitt. The Stuttgart facility is equipped with nine traditional classrooms, two science labs, six computer labs, a large technical training lab, two compressed video labs for distance learning, a library, large lecture room, bookstore, and offices. The DeWitt facility expansion and reconstruction included an addition of 14,000 square feet AND renovations to 15,000 square feet. The addition includes five classrooms, two distance learning classrooms, library, and student center. In 2003, the Grand Prairie War Memorial Auditorium Board voted to offer a long-term lease of the auditorium to the college as a technology training center. In 2007, the National Guard Armory in DeWitt was leased to the College as a headquarters for the agriculture program.

Phillips Community College has always been a leader and innovator in higher education in Arkansas. The College has grown from an original enrollment of fewer than 250 students in 14 program areas to over 2,300 students in academic, occupational/technical, and continuing education programs. New programs are continually being researched and planned so that PCCUA will remain responsive to the needs and interests of the people of Eastern Arkansas and on the Grand Prairie. In the Fall of 2003, Dr. Steven Murray was named Chancellor of Phillips Community College. Dr. Murray is the college’s third Chancellor.

DeWitt Campus, (870) 946-3506  Helena-West Helena Campus,  (870) 338-6474   Stuttgart Campus (870) 673-4201
Street Address:
PCCUA Helena, Campus Drive, Helena-West Helena AR 72342| PCCUA DeWitt, 1210 Rice Belt Ave Hwy 165, DeWitt AR 72042| PCCUA Stuttgart, 2807 Hwy 165 South, Stuttgart, AR  72160-2408