Colleges and Higher Education
Arkansas State University (ASU) added a Mountain Home extension campus (ASUMH) to their system in 1995. Since then enrollment has grown to approximately 1200 students. As a public two-year institution, ASUMH offers associate degrees and certificates in occupational fields and transfer degrees for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree at another university. Low tuition and small classes, are two of the main reasons students choose ASUMH. Students interested in junior, senior and graduate courses may take them through the ASU-Jonesboro programs also available on the ASUMH campus.
ASUMH offers other educational opportunities include non-credit community interest courses. Senior citizens may take regular college credit courses tuition-free as space is available.
Another community resource provided by ASUMH is the Norma Wood Library, located on the first floor of Roller Hall. It functions as an education center for the college community and beyond. The library houses an open shelf collection of books, films, audio cassette journals and newspapers. It also offers free access to 18 computer workstations connected to the Internet and several online databases. Anyone living within the university’s service area may apply for a library card.
Community support for ASU Mountain Home has been tremendous. More than $7 million in endowments and gifts have been pledged to the university for a lecture series, a concert series, landscaping, construction and more. The Jim and Jill Gaston Lecture Series and the Arvest Bank Concert Series bring two lecturers and two musical acts to the area annually. The programs are open to the public free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Gastons and Arvest Bank.
In 2010, ASUMH added The Vada Sheid Community Development Center to its campus. The Vada Sheid Community Development Center is the largest building on the ASUMH campus, the 65,000 square-foot facility houses an 824 seat auditorium, a convention center, two conference rooms, and a great hall for displaying artwork or for receptions and events. Future plans include a 5,000 square-foot Trout Nature Center. The Sheid is open to the community and is host to many events for the community.
For more information on services offered at ASUMH, call (870) 508-6100 or visit the web site.
The Mountain Home School District is the largest within the Mountain Home Area. It is fully accredited by the North Central Association, a national, independent rating organization, so students may transfer any credits they earn anywhere without question. Year after year, the students and staff rank with the best in America, their accomplishments ranging from music and art to science, math, and agriculture.
Mountain Home High School offers a unique learning model, The Career Academies, that has been recognized at a national level. Mountain Home High School Career Academies capitalize on student interests and aptitudes to provide a curriculum that both challenges and motivates all students. Career related electives are clustered into a coherent sequence of courses and links them to core academic courses. The academy concept provides students with a sense of relevance across the entire curriculum. Teachers work together to integrate lessons around common themes and projects so students receive an enhanced curriculum and a coordinated effort is made to bring outside resources such as expert speakers and real world applications from the world of employment into the classroom. For more information on the program, contact Dana Brown, MHHS Principal or Brigitte Shipman, Academy Coordinator. (870) 425-1215.
Other area public school districts include Cotter, Norfork, Yellville-Summit, and Flippin. There is also a private academy, Mountain Home Christian Academy, offering Pre School through grade 12 education.