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Education

The following is a summary of area educational facilities and programs:

  • Arkansas State University Mountain Home campus (ASUMH)

  • Three public school districts in Baxter County: Mountain Home, Cotter, and Norfork

  • Arkansas State Customized Training programs for individual groups and businesses

    Industrial Training: The Center for Continuing Education at Arkansas State University Mountain Home develops programs and offers workshops, seminars, and courses that meet the employers' needs. Customized programs are held both on the ASUMH campus and at area business sites. The center provides high quality programs at an affordable cost to local businesses for their employees. Its main service area is Baxter and Marion Counties.

    Existing Workforce Training: The Existing Workforce Training Program provides financial assistance to Arkansas manufacturing businesses and eligible consortia of businesses for upgrading the knowledge and skills of the existing workforce.

    Customized Training Incentives: Pre-employment training for Arkansas workers is provided by the state through Customized Training Incentives to meet the skills needed in the state's new and expanding businesses. A customized training coordinator is assigned to companies which have made a commitment to locate in Arkansas. The coordinator develops the training plan with the business.

  • Baxter County Alternative School

  • Two private schools: North Central Christian and Baxter County Day Service Center (adult day care for the mentally challenged)

  • Several nurseries and pre-schools including a Montessori school

  • Baxter County Library and the Norma Wood Library at ASUMH

  • Educational programs developed in cooperation with local businesses

  • Twin Lakes Literacy Council

Arkansas State University Mountain Home (ASUMH)
  • Since 1995, ASUMH has grown from 400 students and 26 employees to over 1,500 students and over 120 employees.

  • The impressive campus consists of six main buildings.

  • ASUMH is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers associate degrees, technical certificates, adult and continuing education, and certificates of proficiency. ASU-Jonesboro offers bachelor's degrees and master's degrees through ASUMH.

  • In addition, the university offers a state-of-the art library available to students and the public, as well as donor-funded lecture and concert programs.

  • For more details about ASUMH, call 870-508-6100, or visit their Website: www.asumh.edu.


Public Schools

Mountain Home is the largest in the Twin Lakes area with enrollment at approximately 4,000 students (K-12) and around 300 certified teachers at six campuses based on grade level. The district offers gifted programs, federal assistance programs, special education, and Head Start. Examples of specific highly rated programs are: Odyssey of the Mind, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics and LEGO League, Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), Mountain Home High School Band (has won over 1,000 awards during the past 20 years), Advance Placement Program, ASUMH Concurrent Credit classes, agriculture programs, numerous athletic programs, and three academies. The academies are “small learning communities that provide students with an understanding of how knowledge in specific academic areas can be applied in the real world.” The school also sponsors high school foreign language club-sponsored trips and foreign exchange students, a variety of clubs and activities. For more information on the Mountain Home schools, call 870-425-1201 or visit: www.bombers.k12.ar.us.

Mountain Home is one of the top twenty districts in the state (out of around 200) tabbed as offering a “rich curriculum” by the Department of Education. The high school offers Advanced Placement classes, foreign languages, medical professions education, A+ certification and Cisco Academy I and II, and courses students may take for credit at Arkansas State University Mountain Home. The elementary and middle school programs are bountiful, as well, and include Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning, Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas (ELLA) strategies, Effective Literacy strategies and Math Their Way among others.

Special and Continuing Education Resources

Nurseries, daycare, pre-school, alternative school, a mostly-volunteer Literacy Council (for GED, second language, tutoring and other services), two private schools (K-12), technical training, and specialized training programs available through the Arkansas Department of Economic Development (ADED) are all accessible to individuals, groups, and businesses relocating to the area.
   
   
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