college history

The 1961 Arkansas General Assembly established Petit Jean Vo-Tech as the state’s second adult vocational-technical school. The first building was completed in July 1963 and classes began in September. The school initially awarded diplomas in occupational-specific areas.

In 1991, the General Assembly converted Petit jean Vo-Tech to a degree-granting, two-year college, Petit Jean Technical College. The conversion permitted expansion of the curriculum to include technical, academic and workforce education; community education; and adult education. This created a comprehensive curriculum to serve the varied needs of students. In 1997, the College again made a name change to Petit Jean College. Finally, in 2001, Petit Jean College merged with the University of Arkansas System and became the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. Through all of its growth and change, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has worked to maintain its focus on student learning.

UACCM’s conversion to a college and its affiliation with the University of Arkansas System has stimulated a continuous expansion of UACCM’s programs and the growth of its campus. UACCM currently consists of 92 acres, 17 educational buildings, and various support facilities as well as our off-campus Community Education Center. The College annually serves approximately 4,100 students in technical, occupational, academic, adult education, and non-credit community education courses.

From its inception, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton has served west central Arkansas by providing quality educational programs at an affordable cost. UACCM’s academic programs make it possible for students to complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree while meeting the general education requirements for transfer into a baccalaureate program at state universities. The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) allows easy transferability of credits from UACCM to state universities. Additionally, UACCM offers technical and occupational programs which allow students to prepare for direct entry into the job market after graduation. This diverse curriculum makes the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton a truly comprehensive two-year college offering vital educational opportunities to the people of central Arkansas. UACCM has additional articulation and 2+2 agreements with many state universities. A cooperative degree program with the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute is offered in the fields of crime scene investigation and law enforcement administration.

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation is emblematic of UACCM’s commitment to providing a quality education for its students.