SouthArk is excited to work with area high schools to help promote college and career readiness. As a result, there are programs and resources available that SouthArk has developed for high school students. These programs and resources include the following:
Early College Start
Arkansas College and Career Coach Program
South Arkansas Community college has participated in the Arkansas College and Career Coach Program (formally known as Arkansas Works) through the Arkansas Department of Career Education dating back to 2010 with career coaches stationed in school districts in Bradley and Chicot counties. In 2018, SouthArk was able to expand it's reach into Union County. Currently SouthArk serves six school districts throughout three countries through the career coach program. The program organizes by grade-appropriate activities a series of college readiness strategies starting in the 7th grade to move students systematically toward college enrollment and completion, leading eventually to a fulfilling career. The career coaches functions as advisors to guide, support, and encourage students in the various activities and strategies employed in the program.
Currently SouthArk serves five school districts, El Dorado, Strong-Huttig, Warren, Lakeside, and Dermott, throughout three countries.
Bridge to College Algebra
Bridge to College Algebra is a grant-funded, four-week program sponsored by El Dorado Public Schools, South Arkansas Community College, and the El Dorado Education Foundation. The program is an activity-rich course that provides students with an authentic hands-on experience in higher-level mathematics. Services and activities provided by the program are at NO COST to participants. Benefits include academic field trips, one semester of credit recovery for Algebra II from El Dorado High School (if needed), a TI-84 graphing calculator, preparation for students’ required fourth-year math course, and an opportunity to enroll in College Algebra concurrently the next school year.
Secondary Technical Center
SouthArk partners with secondary school districts through a consortium that allows Union County high school students to pursue a program of technical skills studies on the SouthArk campus. For more information on the Secondary Technical Center, click here.
Partnering with the El Dorado school district, SouthArk participates in the Federal TRiO program via Upward Bound. This is a pre-college program designed to help at-risk students who demonstrate an academic potential for higher education, prepare for education beyond high school. For more information on Upward Bound, click here.