National Park College

For the now-closed National Park College (Maryland), see National Park Seminary.
National Park College

NPC logo
Former names
Garland County Community College, Quapaw Technical Institute
Motto Find Your Path
Type Community college
Established 2003
President Dr. John Hogan[1]
Academic staff
Students 3,000
Location Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
34°30′45″N 93°07′08″W / 34.51259°N 93.11875°W / 34.51259; -93.11875

National Park College is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. NPC was founded in 2003 as a result of a merger between fully accredited Garland County Community College and Quapaw Technical Institute, which had been established in 1973 and 1969, respectively.[2] It is now one of the state's largest community colleges, enrolling 3,000 students annually in credit programs and an additional 3,800 students in non-credit programs. The name of the college is derived from its location adjacent to Hot Springs National Park.

In 2006, as part of its initial capital campaign, the college received a donation of 1.5 million dollars from Frederick M. Dierks of Hot Springs, who had been associated with a business and owned timberland and produced pulp and paper, and that was sold to Weyerhaeuser in 1969.[3][4] This was the largest cash donation in the history of Arkansas community colleges.[3] These funds were purposed for a new nursing and health sciences facility. By December 2007, the college had raised an additional $900,000 for the campaign and initiated a joint program in early-childhood and middle-school teaching with Henderson State University.[5]

Aerial view of the campus

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, NPC assisted students displaced from their home colleges by either enrolling in its college programs or finding colleges for them to enroll in.[6]

In 1994, when it was known as Garland County Community College, the college was censured by the American Association of University Professors for failure to abide by the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and 1958 Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings.[7] As of September 2015 the censure remains in place.[8]


  1. "NPCC Announces New President".
  2. "History of NPC". NPC. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  3. 1 2 Arkansas Business Staff (2006-12-06). "Dierks Gives $1.5 Million to National Park Community College". Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  4. Fred and Louise Dierks’ $1.5 Million Gift Allows Integration of Research Laboratories Into New Psychiatry Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences press release, July 28, 2004
  5. Dasté, Holly (2007-12-05). "National Park enrollment rising 20% next semester". Hot Springs Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  6. Moritz, Robert (2005-09-07). "Arkansas colleges seeing enrollment rise in wake of hurricane". Arkansas News Bureau. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  7. Committee A (1996). "Academic Freedom and Tenure: Garland County Community College (Arkansas)" (PDF). Academe. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  8. "Censured Administrations". American Association of University Professors. 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
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