New Hot Springs campus opens

Henderson State University welcomed students to its new Hot Springs facilities Tuesday. Henderson leased the Landmark Building at 201 Market St. in 2014 to provide space for classrooms, seminar rooms, computer lab, and office space.

After several months of renovations, the facility opened its doors for the 2015 spring semester. Henderson had previously used classrooms at National Park Community College in conjunction with an established Henderson, NPCC partnership.

The new year starts with 145 students enrolled in 24 classes. “That’s 765 credit hours – 465 credit hours ahead of projection,” said Christi Batts, director of Henderson’s Hot Springs Academic Initiatives.

The initiative focuses on building a stronger presence in Hot Springs by offering and developing programs suited to the needs of the area, resulting in more opportunities for more students to complete a four-year degree without commuting long distances to other campus locations.

“With Henderson in Hot Springs, students can take their junior, senior and graduate courses towards degrees in business and education, and they don’t have to leave Hot Springs,” Batts said.

Work is nearing completion on a new parking lot that will add 50 spaces.

For more information about Henderson’s Hot Springs campus, contact Batts at battsc@hsu.edu, or go to hsu.edu/HotSprings.

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