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Arkansas Newk’s Serve Up Innovation

Little Rock brothers Todd and Terry White earlier this month opened their sixth Newk’s Eatery, this one in Bentonville, at 1500 SE Eagles Way, across the road from Northwest Arkansas Community College. read more >
Education / Nonprofits

NWA Community College Gifted $425K to Grow Hispanic Enrollment

The money will support the college's LIFE program, which aims to empower Latino youth to pursue higher education and become leaders on campus and in the community. read more >
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Chancellor Margaret A. Ellibee says students’ family needs have contributed to enrollment declines amid the pandemic.

Community Colleges Deal With Enrollment DeclinesLock Icon

School leaders are thrilled to see students in person but mindful of new needs. read more >
Education / Transportation

Northwest Arkansas Community College to Start CDL Program

The program will offer 40 hours of classroom instruction beginning in the fall, and on-road training and 160 hours of classroom instruction in the spring. read more >
Larry Shackleford
Health Care / Manufacturing

Upskill NWA to Retrain Workers for Health Care Careers

The Walton Family Foundation and the Excellerate Foundation commit $3 million to start a nonprofit to retrain workers for jobs in high-demand industries, starting with health care. read more >

Walton Family Foundation Gives $1.8M to Brightwater

The Walton Family Foundation gives $1.8 million to Brightwater, the culinary school at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. read more >
Grant Hodges
Education / Government & Politics

NWACC Names State Rep An Executive Director

Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville named Grant Hodges, a state representative from Rogers, as the college’s executive director in charge of community, government relations and marketing. read more >
Carla Boyd, Northwest Arkansas Community College’s nursing program director, shows off the college’s new nursing simulation lab. NWACC is doubling its nursing enrollment.
Business Services / Education / Health Care / Nonprofits

‘We Need Your Nurses’ Is Plea as Northwest Arkansas Builds Talent PipelineLock Icon

Northwest Arkansas continues to grow in population while its unemployment rate remains low, leading to a labor crunch among the area’s businesses. read more >
Education / Manufacturing / Nonprofits / Technology / Transportation

Northwest Arkansas Robotics Center Trains Future Workers

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Robotics Training Center in Fayetteville is working to create the largest certified robotics-skilled workforce in the state’s history. read more >
"Welding is absolutely in high demand," says Mark Mansell, welding instructor at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale. "I get weekly calls from people looking to hire welders."
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Construction / Education / Energy / Manufacturing / Transportation

Technical Training Provides Pipeline in Northwest ArkansasLock Icon

Even an environment rich in business executives creates tenfold more blue-collar and trade skill jobs. Studies show that only 20 percent of the jobs created or open in northwest Arkansas require four years of college. read more >
Tom Freking

Tom Freking Steps In at Northwest Arkansas Community College (Movers & Shakers)

Tom Freking has been named executive director of workforce business development at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. read more >
Michael Kuefner
Education / Restaurants & Food

Chef Michael Kuefner Finding Groove at The GroveLock Icon

The Grove Comedy Club is scheduled to reopen next month in a remodeled complex in Lowell. read more >
Joseph Steinmetz, chancellor of the University of Arkansas
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Steinmetz Takes Seat with APLU Board (NWA Education Movers & Shakers)

Joseph E. Steinmetz, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been named to the board of directors of the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities as a member at large. read more >
Students walk through the lobby of the student center at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
Business Services / Construction / Education / Manufacturing / Transportation

NWACC Builds Toward National Dreams

Northwest Arkansas Community College, now the largest two-year institution in the state after reporting enrollment of 7,761 in 2016, hopes to break ground on an auxiliary campus in Springdale and recently opened Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food at a renovated Tyson Foods plant on Eighth Street in Bentonville. read more >
A rendering of the future Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital in Springdale
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Hospital Boom Creates Development Ripples Across Northwest ArkansasLock Icon

Development experts say that hospitals are a great magnet for other retail and residential projects, such as restaurants, service companies and apartments. read more >
Mark Wallenmeyer
Education / Energy / Health Care

Mark Wallenmeyer Named NWACC Dean of Health Professions

Mark Wallenmeyer has been named the new dean of the Health Professions Division at Northwest Arkansas Community College. read more >
Construction of the $21 million 8W Center in Bentonville presented several challenges, including the timing of unloading materials.
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Benton County Projects Costly, UniqueLock Icon

The 8W Center was just one of seven multimillion-dollar commercial construction projects in Bentonville in 2016. It ranked as the 17th largest in the state and was fourth among the 30 projects in Washington and Benton counties. read more >
Wal-Mart Stores executive Rita Carney and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin both champion STEM opportunities for girls. “If you’re going to have the best ideas, you need both boys and girls in the room,” Griffin said.
Business Services / Education / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Public Companies

Mentor Programs Looking to Funnel Women Into STEM

STEMconnector, a national association in Washington, made up of corporate, governmental and private groups, is working to encourage and support young girls and women in pursuing STEM studies. read more >
NWACC President Evelyn Jorgenson
Construction / Education / Nonprofits / Real Estate

Walton Family Foundation Gives NWACC $2M for Springdale Campus

The Walton Family Foundation has donated $2 million to Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville to help fund the construction of the college’s Springdale campus. read more >
Maria Markham is the new chief of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Business Services / Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas Colleges See New Funding Formula

Maria Markham, the director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, said the metrics for the state’s new funding formula for colleges and universities should be finalized later this month. read more >