Pulaski Technical College officials have announced plans to open an off-campus instructional site this fall at 8901 Kanis Road in Little Rock. Previously, the building housed Southeast College of Technology.
John E. Barnes, chairman of the Pulaski Tech Board of Trustees, said the Little Rock location would greatly assist the college in meeting the needs of its service area, which includes all of Pulaski, Saline, Lonoke and Faulkner counties.
"Accessibility is an important part of the mission of a comprehensive two-year college," Barnes said. "Right now, the classrooms and labs on our main campus in North Little Rock are filled to capacity. This additional site will enable us to meet the growing demand for our course offerings. We are excited about the opportunities we have to grow in response to the needs of the community."
Dr. Dan F. Bakke, president, said Pulaski Tech is the largest community college in the state with 7,000 students enrolled currently and an average growth rate of 15 percent annually.
Beginning in August at the Little Rock location, the college will offer both day and evening courses in areas such as business, education, English, fine arts, health sciences, history, mathematics, social sciences and developmental education.
"Several full-time faculty will be devoted to this site," Bakke said, "and we hope to continue to expand our offerings in the spring 2005 semester."
The average age of Pulaski Tech students is 28, Barnes said, adding that he hopes the new location will attract more traditional college students from nearby high schools. He said he also expects the new site to be attractive to students living in Saline County, employees of nearby healthcare institutions and students who live and work in the area.
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