The UAM College of Technology-McGehee will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an evening of food, live music and an auction on Saturday, October 24 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Delta Resort and Spa in Tillar. Admission is $25.

The McGehee campus, along with the UAM College of Technology-Crossett, were created in 1975 by the Arkansas General Assembly. The McGehee campus was originally known as Great Rivers Vocational-Technical School while the Crossett campus was known as Forest Echoes Vocational-Technical School.

Both campuses merged with UAM on July 1, 2003.

Bob Ware, vice chancellor for the McGehee campus, has been with the school since its founding. Ware has seen the campus expand from its original role, which was to provide opportunities toattain a high school diploma, earn continuing education credits or acquire either certificates of proficiency or technical certificates. Since the merger, both technical campuses offer the two-year associate of applied science degree in general technology with an emphasis in any technical area as well as non-technical courses that may be used toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.

“That’s probably the biggest change I’ve seen in the time I’ve been here,” says Ware. “When we merged with UAM, that allowed us to do some things that we weren’t able to do before. We started offering associate degrees after the merger in 2003. That’s the biggest impact on what we do.”