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Welcome to Arkansas Northeastern College. I'm delighted you've taken the time to explore the College through our user-friendly website.

If you are interested in becoming a student here, a stroll through these web pages will introduce you to a unique and dynamic rural College.
Since offering its first classes in 1975, Arkansas Northeastern College has grown to become one of the most successful community colleges in the state.

It is important to us to prepare our students for success both in the classroom and the real world. In that endeavor, we work closely with area businesses, industries and the public sector to strengthen the economic and cultural fabric of this region.

At ANC you can enroll in classes near where you live and work. Choose from day or evening classes, or take a class online from your home or office computer. With flexible schedules and classes offered at ANC campus locations in Blytheville, Burdette, Leachville, Osceola and Paragould-- students can find the courses they need --when and where they need them.

Whatever your destination, Arkansas Northeastern College can help you get there. ANC can help you train you for a new career, strengthen your current skills, prepare for a bachelor’s degree, or simply broaden your perspective. Students at ANC are as diversified as its locations. Whether you’re male or female, young or old, you’ll find others like you at ANC.

The ANC web site provides complete information about the college’s admission procedures, program requirements, course descriptions, articulation agreements and student policies. You also will find information about the college’s student service centers including counseling, financial aid, library, tutoring, child care, and career services. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with all that Arkansas Northeastern College has to offer and make an appointment with one of the college’s Admissions Counselors to discuss your interests and educational goals.

All of us at Arkansas Northeastern College look forward to making your experience here both enjoyable and rewarding. Welcome to ANC.

- Dr. James Shemwell                   

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ANC at a Glance


  • A student profile reveals that female students outnumber male students and account for over 70% of the enrollment.

  • Minority enrollment is approximately 30%.

  • Over 200 high school students each semester are taking classes on one of the ANC campuses.

  • The average age of students at ANC is 28.

  • Approximately 55% of the College's enrollment is full-time.

  • Of current ANC students, approximately 30% are utilizing off-campus centers.

  • Students living in the Missouri Bootheel account for approximately 15% of the College's enrollment.

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Arkansas Northeastern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the

North Central Association. The Nursing Programs (RN & LPN) at the College are approved by the

Arkansas State Board of Nursing. ANC’s Aviation Maintenance Program is approved by the Federal

Aviation Administration and students are eligible to take the FAA certification examination for Airframe &

Powerplant Mechanics. Arkansas Northeastern is officially approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the

State Dept. of Higher Education, and the Veterans Administration. The Paramedic Program is accredited

by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Dental Assisting

Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. In addition, the College holds

memberships in various professional organizations, including the American Association of Community

Colleges, and is listed among the Service Members Opportunity Colleges. Students may request, from

each respective division head, copies of all documents describing the institution’s accreditation, approval,

or licensing.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604


HLC Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS)

The Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park St.

Clearwater, FL 33756

(727) 210-2350

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Building
1123 S. University, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 686-2700


Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

8301 Lakeview Pkwy, Suite 111-312

Rowlett, TX 75088

Phone: (214) 703-8445

Fax: (214) 703-8992


Federal Aviation Administration

Little Rock FSDO-11

1701 Bond St.

Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 918-4400

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On December 17, 1974, the voters of Mississippi County approved the establishment of a
community college district and the levying of a three mill tax to finance construction of the new
campus. The State Board of Higher Education and the State Legislature had previously
approved establishment of the institution. Governor Dale Bumpers appointed a nine
member Board of Trustees who began a search for a President for the institution. Dr. Harry V.
Smith, selected as the first President of the College, began service in February 1975, and
served until October 1, 1983, when he was succeeded by Dr. John P. Sullins. An
administrative team and faculty were assembled, and on August 25, 1975, classes began for
the first time in renovated, temporary facilities located in the former Sudbury Elementary
School at 200 South Lake Street in Blytheville. Approximately 800 students enrolled for credit
the first term. Non-credit community service courses began with an additional 500 students in
the spring term. In February 1976, the Board of Trustees purchased 80 acres of
land for construction of the campus on South Highway 61.

On April 29, 1977, United States Vice President Walter F. Mondale announced that the
College had been awarded a $6.3 million federal grant to build the nation’s first solar photovoltaic
prototype facility. An additional $500,000 was received and combined with the $6.3
million grant and a $2.5 million county bond issue. The campus on South Highway 61 was
occupied in August of 1980. In May 1980, the College was notified that it had been
accredited and had attained membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and

Cotton Boll Technical Institute first opened its doors on November 14, 1966. At that time
approximately fifty students enrolled. The school was housed in a single 26,462 square foot
building surrounded by cotton fields off Interstate 55 at Burdette. That facility has grown
substantially since its beginning and now consists of over 68,000 square feet of building
space and sits on 45.8 acres of land.

With more than 60 years of history between them, Cotton Boll Technical Institute merged with
Mississippi County Community College on July 1, 2003, to become Arkansas Northeastern
College. This merger expanded the technical opportunities offered by the College as well as
the expansion of physical facilities including the Burdette campus and Paragould (Greene
County) Center. Today, the College enrolls students at the main campus in Blytheville, as well
as the Harry L. Crisp Center, and the Moore Center. Additionally, students are also enrolled
at the Burdette Center, the Leachville Center, the Osceola Center, the Paragould Center, and
other locations throughout Mississippi County. An additional 2,500 students are served each
semester through the College’s non-credit and adult education programs.


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Campus Locations

Main Campus (Blytheville, AR)
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Street Address
2501 South Division Street
Blytheville, AR 72315




Burdette Center

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Street Address
Highway 148 and Interstate 55
Burdette, AR 72321




Crisp Center

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Street Address
4213 East Highway 18
Blytheville, AR 72315




Leachville Center

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Street and Mailing Address
105 North Main Street
Leachville, AR 72438






Osceola Center

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Street Address

2868 West Semmes Avenue
Osceola, AR 72370




Paragould Center

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Mailing Address
PO Box 458
Paragould, AR 72450



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Find Us on the Web

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