East Arkansas Community College Company History Timeline

The vocational school s first official students were accepted in September 1967, and six programs were offered.
In June 1969, to fulfill the goal of establishing a community college in the area, the Crowley Ridge Community College Corporation received its charter.
In August 1973, the Arkansas Board of Higher Education announced that St Francis County had met all the requirements and criteria for the formation of a community college district.
Governor Dale Bumpers appointed nine members to the Board of Trustees, and college representatives officially took office on December 13, 1973.
On August 26, 1974, classes opened in a temporary facility in downtown Forrest City.
Also in 1974, the newly appointed board authorized construction of 11 buildings at a cost of 1.5 million at the College s current site at 1700 Newcastle, contiguous to the vocational school.
Classes began at the new campus in August 1975.
In 1992, Crowley's Ridge Vocational Technical School was approved by the State Board of Workforce Education to become a technical institute, and the name was officially changed to Crowley s Ridge Technical Institute.
In 2005, EACC began offering classes in Wynne in the Technology Center for the Delta Bill Thomas Building.
In 2010, following a successful capital campaign, EACC opened the Fine Arts Center, one of Arkansas only Class A performance facilities.
In 2017, the Arkansas State Legislature introduced a bill Act 636 that paved the way for East Arkansas Community College and Crowley s Ridge Technical Institute to consolidate.
In January 2018, a new President was appointed and a new institution began to emerge under the theme Stronger Together.
The Higher Learning Commission notified the institution that on February 22, 2018, the HLC Board of Trustees officially approved the merger.
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