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Employee Relations

NWACC's Office of Human Resources develops policies and provides guidance to employees regarding a wide range of employment issues.

Our goal is to promote positive relations and preserve a productive and ethical work environment where all individuals can succeed and best serve our students. Further employee relations information can be found on myNWACC.

We also recognize the importance of a healthy balance between one's work and life and are dedicated to supporting employees throughout transitions within their careers at NWACC and personal life. 

NWACC offers the following resources to help support a healthy work and life balance:


Smoking Cessation:

Alcohol and Substance Abuse:

Elder Care:

  • Area Agency on Aging: a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of the Northwest Arkansas senior community.

  • Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education: The center's mission is to improve quality of life for adults in the second half of life with the provision of personalized programs of education, services and healthcare for all stages of aging.

  • Caregiver Action Network: A non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country, free of charge.


Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault: 

Suicide Prevention:

Other Resources:

National Organizations:

Other Organizations that Offer Assistance: 

NWACC has designated room 1210 in Burns Hall for the purpose
of employee lactation/breastfeeding. Nursing mothers who choose to use the designated lactating room must reserve the room by
contacting 479-619-3155 or emailing hrhelp@nwacc.edu.

Employees not working on the main NWACC campus will be accommodated with a private area where possible.

Community Resources:

211 Arkansas Community Resource Directory - Includes the following:

  • H1N1 (Swine) Flu Resources
  • Basic Needs
  • Consumer Services
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Services
  • Education
  • Environmental Quality
  • Health Care
  • Income Support and Employment
  • Individual and Family Life
  • Mental Health Care and Counseling
  • Organizational/Community/International Services
  • Target Populations
  • Disaster Resources

Caring for Children:

Dependent Care Leaves:

Childcare and Community Resources: 

Healthy Activities:

Maps of Walking/Hiking/Biking Trails







Leave Time:

Annual Leave

  • Full-time classified staff initially earn 3.69 hours of annual leave bi-weekly (accrual increases over time). Full-time administrative initially earn 6.16 hours of annual leave bi-weekly.
  • A maximum of 240 hours may be accrued for both classified and administrative employees.

Sick Leave:

  • Eligible full-time employees accrue 3.69 sick leave hours bi- weekly. You may use sick leave when you must be absent from work due to illness or injury or to keep a doctor's appointment. You may also use sick leave when a member of your immediate family is seriously ill or for bereavement.
  • A maximum of 960 hours may be carried over to a new calendar year.


  • The paid holidays usually include: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. President's/ Daisy Gatson Bates Day, Veterans Day, and the employee's birthday are observed during the Christmas Holiday.
  • NWACC ordinarily closes for the entire week between Christmas and New Year's Day. One to three days of annual leave will be charged for any days during that period not covered by regular holidays or declared an additional holiday by the Governor.

Catastrophic Leave:

  • Eligible employees who have a catastrophic illness or who need to care for an immediate family member with a catastrophic illness may apply for paid leave when their own leave has been exhausted.

Other Leave:

  • Family & Medical Leave
  • Leave for Children's Educational Activities
  • Bereavement leave
  • Court and Jury Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Leave without pay
  • Educational leave
  • Leave for Organ or Bone Marrow Donation


Personal Growth and Development: 

  • Corporate Learning Tuition Benefit
  • Tuition Benefit
  • Employee Training and Development
  • Library Use