Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Phillips Community College

PCC logo
Former names
Phillips County Community College; Rice Belt Technical Institute
Type Community college
Established 1965
Chancellor Dr. Keith Pinchback
Students 2,350[1]
Location Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, United States
34°32′50″N 90°37′00″W / 34.5471°N 90.6166°W / 34.5471; -90.6166
Affiliations University of Arkansas System

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCC) is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.[2] The college enrolls 2,350 students (64% female, 36% male) and has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools the since 1970.[2][3] As of 2009, the college has three campuses: the Helena-West Helena Campus, the DeWitt Campus, and the Stuttgart Campus.


Aerial view of Helena-West Helena campus

The college was founded in 1965 with initial classes held in the Naval Reserve Building in Helena, moving in 1968 to the current campus. Its initial name of Phillips County Community College reflected the college's initial funding from the people of Phillips County. In 1996, Arkansas County joined the PCCC taxation district and the college name was changed to Phillips Community College.[4] In 1996 the college acquired the Rice Belt Technical Institute in DeWitt from the state. Further, the college became part of the University of Arkansas System. The college is affiliated with the PCCUA Foundation, founded in 1975, to provide private support to the college.[5]


  1. Dr. John Easley (1965–1998)
  2. Dr. Steven W. Jones (1988–2003)
  3. Dr. Steven Murray (2003–2015)
  4. Dr. Keith Pinchback (2015-present)

Pillow-Thompson House

In 1993 the college received the Pillow-Thompson House in downtown Helena as a historic donation. The house was built in 1896 by Jerome B. Pillow by descendants of the Pillow family. The house was designed by George Barber and is noted for its Queen Anne architecture.[6] Following the donation, the home was renovated to its original style and opened to the public in 1997.[7]


  1. "Carnegie Classification". Carnegie Foundation. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  2. 1 2 "College Search". College Board. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  3. "Phillips Community College of The University of Arkansas". Higher Learning Commission. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  4. "About Us". Phillips Community College. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  5. "PCCUA Foundation". Phillips Community College Foundation. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  6. "Pillow-Thompson House". 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  7. "Pillow-Thompson History". Phillips Community College. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
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