Early College Experience

Career and Technical Programs

Students in participating high schools can enjoy a unique and meaningful secondary experience. Through a partnership between Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) and NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Early College Experience provides access to high quality Career and Technical programs. Students can earn high school and college credit in the following programs:
                CRIMINAL JUSTICE                                                           NTI SCC 2015-2016 Application
               
♦ DENTAL ASSISTING                                                                                  
 
               ♦ FOOD PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT and SERVICES                             
               
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT
               
PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT
Technical training through NWACC's Early College Experience is paid for by participating school districts and funded by the State of Arkansas.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
This fast growing profession offers employment opportunities concentrated in law enforcement, corrections, and private security. Students gain an overview of law and employment options. Students who successfully complete this one-year program earn 12 NWACC credit hours towards an Associates of Applied Science degree. 

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • State Police Officer
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician and Photographer
  • Evidence/property and Fingerprinting Technician
  • Emergency Communications Officer 

Admissions and Registration

Eligible Criminal Justice students must have a 2.0 high school GPA and one of the following minimum Reading scores

ACT                  19

COMPASS       83

SAT                  480

PSAT                48

ASPIRE           428

PLAN                15

EXPLORE        14

See your counselor for registration and scheduling.

Schedule and Locations

Criminal Justice courses are taught in morning and afternoon blocks at the following locations:

Northwest Technical Institute 709 S. Old Missouri Rd, Springdale, AR

8:15 am – 11:15 am                        Fall                                      Spring

First 8 weeks

Intro to Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement II

Second 8 weeks

Law Enforcement I

Criminal Law

NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville, AR

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm                        Fall                                      Spring

First 8 weeks

Intro to Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement II

Second 8 weeks

Law Enforcement I

Criminal Law

 

DENTAL ASSISTING

Dental Assistants are an integral part of the dental care team and increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of oral health care. In addition to computer and clerical skills, dental assistants are proficient in patient care, dietary counseling, monitoring vital signs, administering and monitoring nitrous oxygen, taking impressions, and providing post-operative care and instructions.
Classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction provide students with a broad background in all aspects of dentistry. Internships will be provided in area offices under the guidance of dentists and assistants in the community Students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the various clinics.
Successful completers of this one-year program earn 9 NWACC credit hours through an articulation agreement with NWACC. Employment opportunities in Dental Assisting include:

Career Opportunities

  • Chairside Dental Assisting
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Dental Assistant
  • Dental Equipment Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Office Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Dental Sales Representative

Admissions and Registration

Currently, placement test scores are not required for this program. Students must have a 2.0 minimum high school GPA. See your counselor for registration and scheduling.

Schedule and Locations

9:30 am – 11:00 am         NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville

                                             Fall                                             Spring

 First 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental II

 Second 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship-  Specialty Dental II

 
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm       Fayetteville West Campus (Formerly Regional Technology Center)              

                       Fall                                             Spring

 First 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental II

 Second 8 weeks

 Medical Internship - Specialty Dental I

 Medical Internship-  Specialty Dental II

 

FOOD PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT and SERVICES

The Food Production Management and Services Program is a one-year program which requires students to attend class two blocks a day for the school year. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive 12 NWACC credits towards Culinary Arts and Hospitality coursework.

Curriculum

The Food Production Management and Services curriculum introduces students to the culinary arts and hospitality profession emphasizing the development of basic competencies using menus and recipes, standardization, organization and kitchen procedures. Additionally students will learn nutrition, menu design and restaurant layout, customer relations and other topics required by today's hospitality industry.
Students will also have the opportunity to sit for the national Serve Safe exam. Students who pass this exam are awarded a certificate recognized nationally for food and kitchen safety.

Career Opportunities

  • Restaurant manager/owner/entrepreneur
  • Executive chef
  • Menu and event planner
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Food scientist
  • Food journalist
  • Food stylist
  • Caterer

Admissions and Registration

Currently, placement test scores are not required for this program. Students must have a 2.0 minimum high school GPA. See your counselor for registration and scheduling.

Schedule and Location

Non-Profit Center 1200 W Walnut Rogers, AR 72756                  

First 8 weeks                        Fall                         

 7:45 am - 9:15 am  Intro to Culinary Arts
 9:30 am - 11:00 am  ProStart I
 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Intro to Culinary Arts
  2:15 pm - 3:45 pm  ProStart I

Second 8 weeks                  Fall                       

 7:45 am – 9:15 am
 Food and Nutrition
 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 ProStart I
 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
 Food and Nutrition
 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm  ProStart I

 

 



 

First 8 weeks                       Spring

 7:45 am – 9:15 am
 Food Production Management and Services
 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 Pro-Start II
 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
 Food Production Management and Services
 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm  Pro-Start II


Second 8 weeks                 Spring

 7:45 am – 9:15 am  Food Production Management and Services
 9:30 am – 11:00 am  Pro-Start II
 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Food Production Management and Services
 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm  Pro-Start II

 

 

 

 
 

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA)
The Medical Professions field offers expanding career opportunities in response to the growing needs of a rapidly aging population. The curriculum for this one-semester course follows the Arkansas Department of Education frameworks for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Students are recommended to have taken Intro to Medical Professions, Medical Terminology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology, if available to them.

Curriculum
This course offers advanced medical procedures, nurse assistant skills, direct patient care and provides clinical training in area health care facilities. After successful completion of the class, the student is eligible to take the Nurse Assistant Certification Exam. Students who complete the course successfully will receive 3 hours of college credit from NWACC. 

Admissions and Registration

Eligible CNA students must have a 2.0 high school GPA and one of the following minimum Reading scores

ACT                  19

COMPASS       83

SAT                  480

PSAT                48

ASPIRE           428

PLAN                15

EXPLORE        14

 
See your counselor for registration and scheduling.

Cost:
Students will have to pay $25 background check and an $80 drug test for the class.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Nurse, Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Medicine, Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Schedule and Location

7:30 am – 9:00 am NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville

 

PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT (PCA+)

Students must complete the CNA course before enrolling in PCA+
The PCA+ course expands the student's knowledge of healthcare gained in the CNA course and introduces advanced patient care skills, professional development training, and hands on lab and clinical training at area hospitals. Addressing patient care needs/techniques unique to acute care hospitals is the focus. Successful students will receive CPR Certification and a Certificate of Proficiency.
 
Spring 

7:30 am – 9:00 am           NWACC Center for Health Professions (CHP) – One College Drive, Bentonville