On September 13th, the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain hosted area high school seniors for the College’s annual senior day event. The event was held in the Ouachita Center on the main campus in Mena. Over 375 seniors from nine high schools in the UA Rich Mountain service area attended: Ouachita River Acorn, Caddo Hills, Cossatot River, Mena, Mount Ida, Ouachita River Oden, Smithville, Umpire, and Waldron. University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson welcomed the seniors to campus and emphasized the importance of cost of attendance for college. He also discussed the positive impact that obtaining a degree or learning a trade will have to better prepare for a career and to enter the workforce. Wilson stated, “We would like to thank our area high schools for allowing students to attend Senior Day at UA Rich Mountain. We strive to offer a quality education at an affordable cost to students in Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties as well as neighboring counties in Oklahoma of LeFlore and McCurtain.”
The seniors spent the morning learning about the admission process, degree and certificate programs, university partnerships, financial aid deadlines, scholarship opportunities and about why attending a community college is a great transition from high school. After lunch, prepared by UA Rich Mountain employees, seniors enjoyed a performance by hypnotist and mind-reader, Josh McVicar from St. Louis, Missouri.
The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain would like to thank Union Bank and Aleshire Electric for their sponsorship in helping to make the event possible.