Community Education

Community Education has been a main staple of Outreach for over 40 years. So whether you're looking for something new and fun to do or want to gain a new skill, Community Education has something for everyone--even the little ones. Browse the list below and register online for your favorite class. Discounts are available on select Community Education classes. Register Today!

In Common Art Exhibit

The Division of Outreach & Community Engagement will hold an art reception for In Common by Kristen Spickard on April 4, 5 - 7 p.m. at UCA Downtown located at 1105 West Oak Street in downtown Conway. Kristen Spickard is a photo-based artist living and working in Conway. She is a 2009 alumna of the University of Central Arkansas and has worked at UCA since 2015. She is currently a graphic designer for University Marketing and Communications. In Common displays things we, as humans, share with each other and our ancestors. “By making things with my hands, I feel a connection to my humanness, and to other humans, past and present,” Spickard said. This reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The installation will also be available for viewing April 1- 26. Gallery hours at UCA Downtown are Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and closed for private events. For more information, call UCA Downtown at (501) 852-8223 or visit

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, April 4 - April 26

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Art Reception is April 4 from 5-7 PM. Refreshments will be served.

Location: UCA Downtown - 1105 West Oak Street in Downtown Conway

Instructor: Kristen Spickard |

There’s A Grant for That! FULL

The Minority Vendor Partnership initiative at UCA is pleased to provide a grant writing workshop "There's A Grant for That!" led by the incomparable Sherita Herring-Oglesby. Sherita Herring has raised over 30 million dollars and has helped to form over 600 businesses and nonprofit organizations that operate worldwide. In this easy-to-follow, comprehensive workshop, Sherita will provide you with a different set of eyes and ears to give you an entirely different perspective when viewing the community and businesses around you . . . GUARANTEED! You will leave with more knowledge than you ever thought about how to submit grant proposals. This workshop is ideal for minorities working for nonprofit organizations and/or for-profit businesses and companies or aspiring entrepreneurs. BONUS *Learn more about how to do business with UCA through our procurement office.

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, April 17 -

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch will be provided


Summer Reading Institute

Since 2015, UCA Outreach and Community Engagement has offered reading programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute of Reading Development has taught valuable reading skills to more than two million students across the United States since 1970. Like many other colleges and universities nationwide, UCA Outreach is proud to bring the Institute’s programs and instructors to families in our community. These customized programs help students become better readers at every age and inspire a love of books and reading. In the programs for children (4-year-olds through 5th grade), students have fun while learning phonics and word-attack skills, building fluency and comprehension, and becoming confident readers. Your child will be excited about books and reading and get off to a great start in the upcoming school year. In the programs for adolescents (6th grade and up), students improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction while doubling their reading speed. Students get better grades in school by learning the best way to read and study textbooks, take notes, and study for tests. The Summer Reading Institute meets May - June 29 at UCA.

Regular Fee: Varies

Reading programs for all ages


Summer Camps

Each year, the University of Central Arkansas offers an array of summer learning opportunities for youth. We are proud to offer summer enrichment programs in reading, writing, health, foreign language, sports and a variety of other educational topics designed especially for youth grades pre-K through 12. These summer programs have been developed by UCA Sports and academic departments. Please take time to browse the entire list of offerings and sign your student up for one or more summer programs.

Regular Fee: Varies

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat,

Programs are offered at various campus locations.

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various | UCA Summer Camps Website