The University of Arkansas at Monticello will have an increased presence in Hamburg thanks to the completion of a renovation project creating a satellite campus in the Ashley County community.

The new UAM Educational Center, located at 311 North Mulberry Street in Hamburg, is part of the UAM College of Technology-Crossett. Community business and civic leaders were joined last week by university officials from UAM’s main campus in Monticello as well as its technical campuses in Crossett and McGehee for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the new facility.

“This is a great day for UAM, for southeast Arkansas, and particularly for the community of Hamburg,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “UAM is southeast Arkansas’ university and we are pleased to have an increased presence in Hamburg and Ashley County.”

The renovated facility was formerly known as the Hamburg Adult Education Center and was owned and maintained by the Hamburg School District. After the Ashley County Adult Education Program merged with the UAM COT-Crossett, the district agreed to lease the building to UAM before later deciding to donate the structure to the university.

“This is an exciting addition to our programs at the Crossett campus,” said Linda Rushing, vice chancellor of UAM COT-Crossett. “This facility will allow us to expand our college course offerings in addition to the adult education courses that we already have in place.  With the stressed economy, it is essential that we provide increased educational opportunities to assist our citizens with becoming more competitive in the workforce.”

The renovated structure includes two large classrooms and a computer laboratory. “We’re looking forward to using this facility and serving the people of Hamburg and this region,” added Rushing.