UAM College of Technology-Crossett (UAM CTC) is accredited by the Commission of Higher Learning (a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). The college is also recognized as an Eligible Training Provider by the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board and is approved by the Arkansas Department of Career Education and the Veteran’s Approving Agency. Additionally, several of our programs are approved by their respective approving agencies, including:
- Electrical Apprenticeship program - The Bureau of Apprenticeship Training
- Practical Nursing program - Arkansas State Board of Nursing
- Nursing Assistant - The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of the Office of Long Term Care
- Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) - Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems
- Networking courses approved by Cisco and the college is recognized as a Local Cisco Training Academy
The mission of University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-Crossett (UAM CTC) is to support and uphold the mission statement of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. To do so, this unit educates individuals by providing opportunities for academic growth, skill development, and specialized training to meet the needs of the workplace. The programs available at UAM CTC function under the following two Student Learning Outcomes:
- Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate the entry-level/advanced marketable skills necessary to be competitive in the job market.
- Upon completion of technical programs, students will be able to apply their training toward an associate and/or a baccalaureate degree.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-Crossett, formerly Forest Echoes Technical Institute, opened its doors for classes on September 2, 1975, at 1326 Highway 52 West in North Crossett. The institution was built under the authority of Act 227 of 1973. Temporary offices were utilized from September 1973 until August 1975 when the original facility was completed. The first class graduated in the summer of 1976.
The original structure was destroyed by a tornado on January 19, 1988. Salvageable equipment was quickly relocated to five different temporary locations, and all classes were resumed within four days. With overwhelming community, business, and industry support, the Board (then the Arkansas Board of Vocational Education), approved the rebuilding of the institution. An aggressive rebuilding plan led to occupancy of the reconstructed facility in November 1988.
In the fall of 2002, meetings began in earnest regarding the potential merger of Forest Echoes Technical Institute with an institution of higher education. Effective July 1, 2003, Forest Echoes Technical Institute became a campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. This merger has proven to greatly benefit the college's ability to offer expanded services and more comprehensive educational opportunities.
The original Director of the campus was Charles R. Davis who served in that capacity from 1973-1984. The Director position was filled by Jessie Trantham from 1984-1986, and by Jim Statler from 1986-87. In 1987 Linda Rushing was appointed Director and later named President in 1993—a title change due to accreditations. As a result of the merger with UAM in July 2003, Rushing’s title became Vice Chancellor over the campus and she serves under the leadership of UAM Chancellor.