Workforce and Economic Development | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Business and Industry Solutions
Workforce and Economic Development

Business and Industry Solutions
Workforce and Economic Development

Workforce and Economic Development

Workforce Development provides training and development opportunities across a variety of specialized needs, ranging from small businesses looking for team training options to individuals interested in beginning a career in construction. We offer strategic community partnerships and world-class training that allow students to earn an Associate of Applied Science, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency. If you would like more information about our programs, please complete and submit our request for information form.

NWACC's new Integrated Design Lab offers courses in construction, visual arts and design. The facility houses space for sculptures, ceramics, a Fab Lab with 3D printers, a CNC router, laser cutting equipment and other tools. Students are encouraged to test creative entrepreneurial ideas by utilizing the skills learned in various classes.  

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Apprenticeship Programs

Become an apprentice and work with your hands, problem solve, and learn the mechanics behind the systems that allow buildings to operate. NWACC offers apprenticeships in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and electrical.

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Business & Professional Development

Through our business and professional development courses and training offerings, students experience quality, cost-effective and convenient options that help maximize performance, build new skills, and strengthen existing knowledge bases. We offer both in-person and online training.

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Certified Retail Analyst 

Our Certified Retail Analyst (CRA) program provides opportunities to redirect your career goals or develop new skills that will keep you moving forward in the industry. Learn about becoming a certified retail analyst or refresh your retail analytical experience.

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Advanced Retail & Supplier Industry Training

Our Advanced Retail & Supplier Industry Training courses are designed to get an individual or an entire team up to speed quickly. They can assist retailers and suppliers in improving business results or help an existing supplier be successful in the retail and supplier world. 

Retail & Supplier Training

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Construction Technology

Learn the skills and earn the credentials you need to join the growing construction industry. Graduates are in high demand and are a vital component to our regional and national economy.

Construction Tech

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Customized Training

Whatever your business or professional need, NWACC's Workforce Development can develop and provide customized training for your employees.

Customized Training


Institute for Corporate & Public Safety (ICPS)

ICPS is a comprehensive education, training, and research institute designed to bridge the knowledge gap between the private security and public safety sectors while enhancing the country's rural preparedness challenges.


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Integrated Design

By participating in NWACC’s Integrated Design program, you’ll build an educational foundation in artistic creativity, design-thinking principles, construction methods and business practices.

Integrated Design


FANUC Robotics Training

Become a FANUC certified robot operator and learn about robotic operations and applications. FANUC has a long history of providing world-class training programs on robotics, intelligent solutions and advanced automation applications.