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1961 – The Arkansas General Assembly approves funding for a second state vocational-technical school

1962 – Marlin and Marvine Hawkins donate 21 acres of property, ensuring Morrilton is selected for the future location

1962 – State Board of Education names school after a local landmark – Petit Jean Mountain

1962 – Thurston Kirk appointed as first director of Petit Jean Vocational Technical School

1963 – Construction of first building completed; first classes begin in September under direction of Thurston Kirk

1985 – Nathan Crook named director; Technology Building II opens

1990 - Petit Jean Vocational-Technical School (PJVTS) enrollment stands at 318 students

1991 – Act 1244 is passed by the Arkansas Legislature converting Petit Jean Vo-Tech and 13 other vocational-technical schools to technical colleges

1991 – Petit Jean Vocational-Technical School officially becomes Petit Jean Technical College (PJTC)

1993 – Science Building/Kirk Building renovations completed

1993 – PJTC receives initial candidacy status from the North Central Association as an institution of higher education

1995 – PJTC gains full candidacy status from the North Central Association

1997 – Petit Jean Technical College changes name to Petit Jean College to reflect its more comprehensive mission

1997 – PJC receives full accreditation status from North Central Association

1999 – Fine Arts phase I and The Plaza open

2000 – Conway County voters pass a ¼-cent sales tax to support the college

2001 – Petit Jean College merges with the University of Arkansas System to become the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton; enrollment is 1290

2001 – Business Technology Center and Fine Arts phase II open

2004 – University Center opens

2007 – University Bookstore opens

2009 – Library Complex opens

2010 – Dr. Larry Davis named chancellor, becoming 3rd leader of the institution

2010 – Enrollment is 2460; UACCM named as one of the nation’s fastest-growing community colleges

2011 – UACCM marks fifty years of transforming lives through opportunity, access, and hope

Enrollment 1990-2011

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has experienced an enrollment increase of over 600 percent since becoming a community college.

1990 – 318
1991 – 454
1992 – 468
1993 – 512
1994 – 628
1995 – 651
1996 – 701
1997 – 900
1998 – 1,059
1999 – 1,238
2000 – 1,173
2001 – 1,290
2002 – 1,488
2003 – 1,507
2004 – 1,511
2005 – 1,739
2006 – 1,763
2007 – 1,809           
2008 – 1,963
2009 – 2,425
2010 – 2,460
2011 – 2,297

*Based on Student Headcount for Fall Term