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This fall, Shorter College hopes to house students



North Little Rock, Arkansas – On North Locus Street in North Little Rock, there lies a reminder of the past.

Shorter College, founded in 1886 not long after the Civil War, is growing.

“Shorter College is one of our jewels in our city,” North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick said. “We don’t take advantage of it enough.”

The African Methodist Episcopal Church launched the two-year historically black college, which has expanded significantly during the previous ten years.

Men’s and women’s basketball are part of Shorter College’s recent comeback to intercollegiate competition. In addition, the college intends to construct three dormitories, something they haven’t had in more than 20 years.

“It is a major economic engine because of its payroll and the student population,” Shorter College President Jerome Green said “It also is a creator of human capital for the North Little Rock and Pulaski County workforce.”

Green claimed that efforts have been made to make the campus appear and feel more appealing.

“Shorter College has had a complete facelift within the past 10 years,” Green said. “We have additional work taken place to beautify the campus to make the campus more functional to make it more efficient.”

Green claimed that the college’s ability to move beyond its status as a commuter university was aided by the presence of student-athletes.

“Making that decision also made it necessary to have the ability to house them,” Green said. “The first in a set of three dormitories in a plan that allows Shorter College to return to residential housing.”

As the college expands its campus and the range of programs it offers, this is just the beginning.

“To create a technology campus for our business entrepreneurship program and computer science technology that’s on the drawing board,” Green said. “Along with just so many other things… we’re just very excited.”

To house students in August, construction on the Shorter College dorms is scheduled to begin within the next 30 days.