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THE COMPASS TEST
THE ACT TEST
THE WORK KEYS TEST, CRC TEST, OR ARKANSAS CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE TEST
THE CLEP TEST
SEARK College does not offer the CLEP Test
THE KEYBOARDING TEST
To schedule an on-campus tour click here, or contact the Recruiting Office at (870)-850-3074 or (870) 850-3116 to arrange for an individual or group tour of the campus. To view the SEARK College Map please click here.
The number of credit hours you take determines the cost to attend SEARK College. The basic tuition rate is $84.00 per credit hour plus fees. The State of Arkansas does not charge tuition for citizens age 60 and over. All other fees apply.
High school students must meet the general enrollment requirements and present a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor or principal. High school students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and the required college-level test scores to enroll in college courses. For additional information about the Advance Placement Program, please click here
Yes. SEARK College requires the ACT Admissions Test or the Accuplacer Placement Test for enrollment at SEARK College.
Students who scored less than 19 in Reading, Writing, or Math on the ACT Test must take the Accuplacer Placement test to enroll in SEARK College.
If you have missed two or more semesters at SEARK College, you must file an Application for Readmission with the Admissions Office.
The Academic Calendar includes dates for all activities at SEARK College.
Standard office hours are 8:00 am -5:00 pm Monday through Friday for the regular school year with extended hours for Student Services and Cashier until 6:00pm on Tuesdays. Summer hours may vary.
Please click here for information on transferring credits from another institution.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education maintains the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS). To view courses that transfer from college to college or university please visit http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/academicaffairs/Pages/aa_acts.aspx
1. Within the first two weeks of the start date of classes, students are able to drop a class or classes (but not
all classes) online via WebAdvisor. To drop all classes see # 2 below.
2. If a student wishes to drop all classes and withdraw from SEARK College, the student must
go to the Registrar’s Office to complete a Withdrawal Form. The student’s instructor,
advisor, financial aid officer and Retention Center officer will need to sign off on the withdrawal form.
3. The last date to drop a class (and to receive a full refund of tuition) is found in the current
For information and procedures for requesting a transcript click here
No. Once information is submitted for admission to SEARK College, it becomes the property of the College and is not available for release.
No. However, UAPB does have an Adult Education Center satellite office located at SEARK College. The phone number is 870-534-0749.
GED’s from accredited institutions are accepted.
No, transcript requests cannot be made over the telephone. You must complete a Transcript Request Form, and fax it to 870-543-5958 or submit to the Data Entry office.
You must request a copy of your GED from the GED Testing Center.
Replacement ID cards cost $5.00, payable to the cashiers in the Business Services office. IDs are made in the Data Entry office of Student Services.
Forms and procedures for applying and enrolling at SEARK College can be found by clicking here.
Transfer students making application for admission to Southeast Arkansas College must submit an official transcript from all colleges/universities where they have been officially registered. Students who have successfully completed English Composition I and College Algebra or have proof that they have satisfactorily completed remediation may be admitted without ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores. Meeting these requirements will enable them to enroll in college level English and math courses. Students may request a transcript evaluation by completing a Transcript Evaluation Form and submitting to the Admissions Office to determine the credits that may be transferred.
In the event that receipt of a student's transcript is unavoidably delayed, a transfer student may be admitted provisionally pending receipt of the official transcript. SEARK College reserves the right to require the transfer student’s immediate withdrawal (with loss of tuition and fees) if the student’s previous record does not meet admission requirements. Transfer students who are seeking a degree or certificate from SEARK College need to request an evaluation of their transfer credits. A form is available in the Admissions Office for this purpose. Only grades of “C” or better from institutions of higher education which are accredited or candidates for accreditation by a regional accrediting association will transfer as "credit".
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) and the Arkansas Health Department require shot records.
For information please click here
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This online form must be prepared each year by current and prospective college students to determine their eligibility for federal student financial aid.
View the procedures for obtaining Financial Aid by clicking here.
The school code is 014893.
The number is 1-800-829-1040. If you continue to press 0 after calling this number, you will be directed to a live operator. You may have the operator fax all transcripts to (870) 850-8516.
Regular hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Tuesdays.
It will take up to two weeks to finalize your financial aid, once your file is considered complete. However, during peak processing times, it may take up to three weeks to finalize your aid. Be sure to complete all documents before submitting to the Financial Aid Office. Omissions and reporting errors will delay processing.
Information concerning refunds will be posted on campus monitors during each enrollment period.
Financial Aid Forms are available for printing on our website. Forms are also available in the Financial Aid Office.
Go to http://www.fafsa.gov and sign in with your personal identification number (PIN – usually a four-digit number). Next, select "make a correction". Click “submit” after your corrections have been made. You will be notified by FAFSA (by e-mail if eligible) when the corrections are processed.
Please print and complete The Student Loan Request Form. Next, visit www.studentloans.gov, complete Loan Entrance Counseling & print the confirmation page. If this is your first time securing a loan with SEARK College, you will need to complete the Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov. Submit the Student Loan Request Form, Loan Entrance Counseling Confirmation Page, and the Master Promissory Note to the Financial Aid Office.
Unfortunately, you will only be eligible for a private loan through your personal bank or other financial institution. If your Federal aid is suspended for any reason, you will not be eligible for a Pell grant, SEOG grant, work-study or any federal student loans (subsidized/unsubsidized).
You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to be eligible for any type of federal student aid. You will need to see a Financial Aid Advisor for this determination.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is passing a requisite number of hours (completion rate), achieving a required Grade Point Average during any semester or academic year, and completing a program of study within maximum time limits. When a student fails to maintain SAP, he or she is no longer eligible to receive Title IV aid. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.00 and the completion rate is 67%. This is required each term and overall.
Yes – you must submit all transcripts from each institution attended even if you have earned credits that will not officially transfer to SEARK or have taken classes in which you officially withdrew or earned failing grades.
Yes. Click here to establish a payment plan
You can access your payment plan through WebAdvisor.
Click here to access WebAdvisor. Login and select the link to pay your tuition
Click here to access WebAdvisor. Login and select the link to check your account balance.
Contact the Cashier Window for information about your balance due and make payment.
No, this option is not available, as all payment plans must be set up online.
Yes. Drop dates for non-payment of tuition and fees can be found on the Academic Calendar,
Yes, you can re-register after you have made your required payment, until the last day to add classes.
All payments are due at the time of registration, and will have to be taken care of prior to the next drop date.
Contact Nelnet at 1-800-609-8056 and give them the new card number. They may have terminated the contract due to the invalid card and Nelnet will advise you what to do about your contract terms.
Important activities and dates can be found in the current Academic Calendar.
For services available through the Retention and Advisement Center, click here.
The Office of Disability Services is located in The Retention and Advisement Center in Student Services Building, Room 160. Fill out a Student Intake form along with an Accommodation Request form in the ODS and then meet with the ODS Counselor, preferably within the first two weeks of the semester, to discuss required documentation and available accommodations. If requesting accommodations that require time to prepare, such as scheduling a sign language interpreter, request the accommodation with two months advance notice
1. To determine the benefits you qualify for visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/index.asp.
2. Please visit the VA Advisor in the Retention and Advisement Center located in Student Services Building, Room 160
A student’s declared major determines the advisor assignment. There may be only one advisor for certain majors. A student must come to the Student Retention and Advisement Center located in Student Services Building Room 160 to change advisor
Students must see their academic advisors each semester to review the courses that have been completed towards their degree plan as well as courses that must be completed. Proper academic advisement ensures correct course placement. Students will not be able to register until they have visited their advisor.
To identify your advisor, click here. You will need to your seven digit SEARK Student ID number.
Instructors are required to have office hours posted for students to view on the instructor’s office door. If a student is not able to meet with his or her advisor at the posted times, request an appointment at another time or visit the Division Chair for assistance.
A student may change his or her major in the Student Retention and Advisement Center, Student Services Building Room 160. However, changing to another major may affect the student’s financial aid. Therefore, before changing their major, it is recommended the student check with the Financial Aid Office.
The Retention and Advisement Center is located in Student Services Building, Room 160. Simply come in, fill out an intake form, and speak with one of the Advisors. This is part of the curriculum for Strategies for College Success.
TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a comprehensive program of intensive support services, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, designed to increase retention and graduation rates and to facilitate transfer from SEARK College to a 4-year college or university.
The purpose of the SSS program is to increase the number of disadvantaged low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level.
1. First-Generation College Student (neither parent/guardian has Bachelor’s degree) and/or
2. Low Income (based on Federal Income Guidelines) and/or
3. Student with Disabilities (verification required)
To participate in the Student Support Services program at SEARK, you must apply and be accepted to the program. Applications are available in the SSS office located in the Administration Building, Suite 100, across from the entrance to the Commons
The Vice President of Academic Affairs must approve a course load over 18 hours.
Students must log onto their WebAdvisor account to check grades and print an unofficial transcript.
A student wishing to appeal a grade has 45 days from the end of the semester to appeal a grade. Please go to the index of the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Select Academic Appeals to view the steps to appeal a grade.
Developmental courses are courses that must be taken if a student does not achieve college level scores on the Compass or ACT Test. Developmental courses include Fundamentals of Math, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Developmental Reading, Basic English, and Fundamentals of Writing.
Moodle: Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment is an online supplemental instructional tool utilized by SEARK College faculty where you will interact with your instructors and fellow students in your online or on-campus courses.
Courses will be in Moodle on the first day of classes
DO NOT use Internet Explorer as the web browser for Moodle. Use Firefox or Google Chrome as your Moodle web browser.
WebAdvisor is an electronic database containing valuable resources and information students use to manage their academic progress. Find more information about WebAdvisor by clicking here.
Through WebAdvisor, students can plan their academic program, register for classes, view their class schedules, pay tuition, check account balances, check grades as when they are posted, view their transcripts, and request transcripts to be sent to other schools
Your student ID number determines your WebAdvisor username.The username should be the student ID number (0012345), including leading zeroes. In some cases (particularly for returning students), the student’s username will be last name, first name, middle initial (or middle name); for example, smithjohnr or smithjohnrobert.
Users can find the username on WebAdvisor by using the "Account Information" link on WebAdvisor. If you are unable to access your WebAdvisor account, please call the IT Helpdesk at 850-4900 for assistance.
Try to recover your user name and password by visiting the WebAdvisor home page. Use the three links “Account Information”, “I’m New to WebAdvisor”, and “What’s my Password” on the bottom of the page to recover your information. If this process does not work, please call the IT Helpdesk at 850-4900 for assistance.
Your print code user name is your student ID number and your password will be your 6-digit birth date (010113). If this does not work, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 850-4900 for assistance.
Each student gets a credit of $5.00 per semester for printing of schedules and other information. Each page printed costs $0.10 toward this balance. Any unused credit can be carried forward up to a cap of $50.00. This credit is non-transferable and non-refundable. Print funds are non-refundable, so it is recommended to add only small amounts of funds toward printing if necessary.
The student will need to go to cashier to pay the amount that they want to add.
The print software will show a pop-up that displays the existing balance when the print option is selected. If this does not occur or the balance seems incorrect, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 850-4900. The helpdesk cannot add funds or credit funds to accounts.
Student email is provided by GoogleApps. Users can log in through Google using the full email address as the username (for example, 0011111student.seark.edu). Alternatively, click here to access student email and follow the directions on the page.
The username, as noted above, will be your student ID number (0012345) @student.seark.edu. Your password will be your 8-digit birth date (01012013).
Students may use any open lab to check their email.
It will be the primary means of communication used by the College for emergency notifications, important news and information. It will also serve as a communication link between you and your instructors outside the classroom. It can be used for submitting papers (if the instructor allows submissions via email) and asking your instructor questions when not in class. We recommend using an app to receive your email on a smart phone.
Yes, but have to bring laptop to the IT Department to be checked for antivirus and have no file sharing software installed. We will show you how to connect to the wireless network while you are there.
Yes. You can connect up to 3 devices, but not all devices are supported and we do not provide support for non-college equipment. Devices must allow the user to log into the WIFI through the login page; no exceptions will be made for devices that do not accommodate the login page.
No, it is an on-campus service only. It does not reach outside of most buildings on campus.
No, we do not provide support for non-college equipment and cannot assist with any financial transactions of any kind.
Please contact 850-4900 (IT Help Desk) for other questions or assistance
Students may use any open lab to check their email.
The Accuplacer test is given in the Intake Testing Center located in the Student Services Building, Room 142.
Along with your receipt, you will need a photo ID, your Social Security Number, and a pen or pencil. You may also bring a calculator for the math portion of the test.
You will get a printout of your scores immediately upon completion of the test.
The test may be taken again after you have spent time in some type of skill improvement efforts. The fee for a retest is $10.00
Yes, SEARK College is an official testing site for the ACT test. Refer to www.act.org for test dates and registration.
The Arkansas CRC Test certifies that a person has core employability skills required across multiple industries and occupations. The certificate earned by successfully completing the test will help distinguish job seekers from the competition and help them enhance their workplace skills.
First, you must visit the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services or the Arkansas Workforce Center, both located at 1001 Tennessee to register for a skill-building program called KeyTrain. You will be given a user name, password, and instructions on how to complete the KeyTrain component of the Career Readiness Certificate program.
When you successfully complete KeyTrain you will be given a report showing your scores for Key Train and a Referral Letter authorizing you to take the CRC test at SEARK College, the authorized test center for our area. You will receive instructions to take the Score Report and Referral Letter to the Library at Southeast Arkansas College.
The Referral Letter contains required information to register each person for the test. In order to be registered for the next scheduled test, the Library staff must receive the Referral Letter and Score Report no later than 12:00 noon on the Wednesday prior to the test date.
Generally speaking, the CRC test is scheduled every two weeks, on Friday’s. If demand for the test is high, additional test dates are scheduled.
The test is a timed test that normally takes approximately four (4) hours to complete.
There is no fee for the test. The state of Arkansas is paying all costs for the tests.
Immediately upon completion of the test, you will receive a report showing the level of certificate you have earned. The actual certificate will arrive at SEARK College in 4-6 weeks and will be mailed to you.
Log into your KeyTrain account and work Level 4-7 lessons in Reading for Information and Applied Math, and work Level 4-6 lessons in Locating Information.
Bring a photo ID, a basic 10-key calculator, and pen or pencil.
The Keyboarding Test is given in the New Student Intake Testing Center located in Student Services Building, Room 142. There is no fee for this test.
Yes! Southeast Arkansas College students can receive free tutoring by completing a Request for Tutoring Form and submitting to the Library desk attendant. Based on information provided on the request form, you will be contacted to schedule tutoring services.
Tutoring Services are located in the Library and eLearning Center from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. After hours tutoring is available by appointment.
Your tutor will be determined by the subjects you need help with, the day/time you have available for tutoring, and the availability of either a Peer Tutor or Professional Tutor
Tutoring sessions are normally one hour but are very flexible based on student’s needs and the availability of tutors.
As often as you need assistance and a tutor is available.
Appoints are preferred, especially if you feel you need continued assistance, but walk-in tutoring is available, provided a tutor is available.
Please contact the Tutoring Coordinator if you are unable to attend a scheduled tutoring session. Excused absences will continue to reserve your scheduled appointment. Three consecutive unexcused absences will result in the loss of your scheduled appointment.
Do you need a high school diploma or GED to take a non-credit course?
Specific education levels are not required for most SEARK College WDC courses. The type of course in which you are enrolling and your experience are generally the criteria for determining eligibility. Any pre-requisites will be listed in course announcements. Return to the top
How can I get a replacement CPR card?
CPR cards are purchased from the American Heart Association through the Southeast Arkansas Medical Information Center (SEAMIC). Contact their office at 4010 Mulberry Street, Pine Bluff, (870) 541-7627 for cost and procedure. Return to the top
What is contract training for a business?
Contract training is a contractual agreement between an employer and SEARK College to provide specific training requested by the employer. Return to the top
What specific training does SEARK College WDC provide?
SEARK College WDC provides many different areas of training: ranging from leadership excellence, outstanding customer service, business foundations, administrative professional skills, and computer excellence. Return to the top
What specific certification testing does SEARK College WDC provide?
What is EWTP?
The Existing Worker Training Program is a program that is funded by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). Eligible companies may receive up to 50% reimbursement on the cost of training or an income tax credit. Training must be clearly tied to specific business goals and performance objective. There are two primary objectives:
- To deliver customized, industry-specific training to upgrade the skills and knowledge of Arkansas’s existing workforce.
To increase the capacity of state-supported educational institutions to supply the ongoing training needs of Arkansas companies. Return to the top
How can I find out if I qualify for the EWTP grant?
Eligible businesses are companies in the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes:
- Manufacturing – codes 31-33
- Biotechnology – code 541710
- National/regional corporate headquarters – code 551114
- Air transport – code 488190
- Building trades – codes 236 and 238 (23899 not eligible)
Companies that derive at least 75 percent of sales revenue from out of state:
- Computer firms
- Intermodal facility or distribution center
- Office sector (non-retail business)
- Scientific & technical services
- Motion picture production
- Training is for full-time, permanent employees who work at least 30 hours a week and who are subject to Arkansas personal income tax.
Skills Upgrade Training
The training helps a company and its employees to:
- Adapt to new or altered technologies of management and supervisory systems, continuous improvement or production methods
- Acquire the skills needed to remain competitive, productive and economically viable
The EWTP covers classroom instruction at a work site, an educational institution or a neutral location. Training delivered by means other than traditional classroom training may be considered by the EWTP governing council, who will establish a flat rate of reimbursement if the training is approved.
Contact SEARK College WDC (870) 543-5947 or (870) 543-5950 for additional details. Return to the top
What is open enrollment?
Open enrollment is the process of registering for non-credit classes which are open to the community, businesses, industry, and college students.Return to the top
Are you certified at the end of an open enrollment class?
A certificate of completion can be awarded to each successful participant at the end of the class or course as applicable. Return to the top
What kinds of training classes are offered?
Classes range from computer skills, Microsoft applications, Welding, PLC, HVAC, Business Technology, Customer Service, Fiber Optic, ACT Prep, Fitness, and others. Please see Workforce catalog. Return to the top
When are classes held?
Classes in Continuing Education are held during the day and evening. A monthly schedule is posted on our web site. Customized courses can be offered to accommodate employee schedules. Return to the top
Where are the classes held?
Most classes are held at SEARK College Workforce Development Center of SEARK College. Classes are also taught at Dumas Delta Technology Education Center (DTEC) and Star City Civic Center. Notification of the location of each class is included in the announcement. Customized training can be taught at the location preference for the business. Return to the top
How long are the classes?
Classes are in different lengths in Continuing Education. The length of the course depends upon the type and depth of course. Please check the web site, facebook, or request more information at wdcseark.edu. Return to the top
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