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Dr. Jorgenson to be NWACC President for Another 3 Years

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What makes a community college great? Besides our hard-working students, faculty and staff? Answer: The president, of course.

NWACC President Dr. Jorgenson was hired in 2013, now serving the college for six years. Before NWACC, she served as the president of Moberly Area Community College (MACC), located in Missouri, for 17 years and prior to that position, she served as the vice president and program director at MACC.

Her most recent three-year contract at NWACC was due to expire on June 30th. In early April, the college’s board of trustees voted to renew her contract.

"We look forward to working with you for the next three years," Joe Spivey, board chairman, told Dr. Jorgenson. "We also appreciate what you've done since you came here in 2013." 

Under Dr. Jorgenson’s presidency, the college launched Brightwater culinary school and started the construction of the new Integrated Design Lab (IDL) on the main campus in Bentonville and the new Washington County facility in Springdale.

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As a division of NWACC, Brightwater offers holistic programming with academic and career training in the areas of culinary nutrition, artisanal food, beverage management and food entrepreneurship. It’s the first culinary school to integrate a food-systems approach and inquiry-based learning to cooking, local farming, sustainability and community development.

The new Washington County facility will house the courses and services that are currently offered at its smaller Washington County, Farmington and Jones Center locations. The facility is scheduled to be completed in October, and open to students for the Spring 2020 semester. 

The new IDL facility on the Bentonville campus will provide needed classroom and lab space for students pursuing an education in arts and construction technology. Students will be able to earn a new Technical Certificate in Integrated Design and learn the foundations of creative entrepreneurial ideas and design-thinking principles. 

Dr. Jorgenson is looking forward to continuing to fulfill the college’s mission and making positive changes in the lives of the students and community members it serves.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the college for another three years. NWACC is a strong, dynamic institution that is already the largest community college in the state and still growing,” she said. “Our faculty and staff are dedicated and student-centered, and I am honored to be able to continue to serve as their leader.”

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Interested in attending NWACC and experiencing the bright future Dr. Jorgenson has planned for the college?

Visit nwacc.edu or call 479-986-4000 to learn more about choosing a higher education with NWACC.