New College Born in Mississippi County

July 1, 2003 - Posted at: 4:11 p.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- The merging of two Mississippi County community colleges was completed Tuesday, and Arkansas Northeastern College was born.

The former Mississippi County Community College in Blytheville and Cotton Boll Technical Institute in Burdette came together after a long process by administrations at both schools to receive the state's blessing for the merger.

"In the legislature this session, some folks said well progress is painful," State Representative Marvin Childers of Blytheville said. "I'm proud to say for Mississippi County this has been a painless experience."

The new college will have its main campus located in Blytheville, while satellite campuses will be located in Burdette, Leachville, Osceola and Paragould.

The closeness in curriculum between both schools will allow for an efficient combination of programs for students in northeast Arkansas, according to Vice President of Instruction Dr. Robin Myers.

"Because some of our programs were closely related," Myers said. "We were able to combine a few (programs) which allows us to maximize the offerings and really tailor them to meet student needs."

"Our success will be built on the combined efforts of individuals from both institutions," Vice President for Advancement, Sherri Bennett said. "It will be through your combined professionalism, and your commitment to work cooperatively in the future that we will be able to achieve our greatest potential."

The new school will have an operating budget of $12 million, and employ 150 full-time staff.