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about 1 year ago

Northwest Technical Institute

High school students throughout northwest Arkansas can enjoy a unique and meaningful education experience that can lead to a value-added high school graduation that includes an industry recognized technical certification or significant hours toward a certificate, post-secondary diploma, or college degree. To view information about specific programs, please go to the NTI High School Programs page.

Eleventh and twelfth grade students are eligible to enroll in the Secondary Career Center.  In order to be considered for enrollment, all students must have a minimum GPA of a 2.0.  In addition to the minimum GPA guidelines, each program area may have specific guidelines that are used to determine enrollment, which are listed with the program descriptions in the NTI handbook.  The final determination of enrollment in any of the programs will be at the discretion of the instructor and the center director. 

Students who wish to enroll should talk to their home high school counselor or principal. All students, including returning students, must complete an enrollment application before being considered for admission in any of the training areas.

By Donna Norsworthy


about 1 year ago

Northwest Arkansas Community College

Now is the time to make important decisions about college and career. You can get an early start by earning college credit while you are still attending high school. Early College Experience offers courses designed to give you a jump start on your college education while reducing cost and time needed to complete a college degree.

Early College Experience provides a challenging college-level experience for 11th and 12th grade students. As an ECE student, you pay one half of the regular college tuition, enjoy an enriching academic experience, and gain access to higher education. Early College Experience courses are available in the areas of Business, Communication, English, Math, Science and Social Science. 

Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transferable college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.

Although concurrent enrollment courses share some  characteristics of  programs like AP or IB, Concurrent Enrollment is different in significant ways. Concurrent enrollment courses through NWACC Early College Experience are taken each semester, while AP or IB courses are one year long. Most importantly, students are evaluated and receive a college-credit letter grade based on multiple and varied assignments, instead of just one high-stakes test at the end of the year that determines whether students may or may not receive college credit.

For more information you can visit the NWACC website or see one of the counselors.

By Donna Norsworthy