North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute bring­ing tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion to NWA

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDUCATION - Spe­cial to NWA Demo­crat- Gazette

For forty-two years, North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute has met the ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion needs of in­di­vid­u­als from North­west Arkansas, Eastern Ok­la­homa, and South­west­ern Mis­souri who wish to en­ter a mar­ketable oc­cu­pa­tion. Some stu­dents come to NTI who are al­ready in an oc­cu­pa­tion and they want to up­grade or up­date their oc­cu­pa­tional skills and knowl­edge.

But, some stu­dents come with a strong de­sire of go­ing from a min­i­mum wage job to an oc­cu­pa­tion that has fu­ture and ben­e­fits. North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute, along with its sis­ter school Crow­ley’s Ridge Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute in For­rest City, are the only ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion schools left in the State of Arkansas.

Cur­rently, North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute of­fers ten diploma pro­grams along with a CNA pro­gram.

North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute of­fers a Busi­ness and In­dus­try Cen­ter on Cam­pus. Our pro­fes­sional staff of­fers ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of in­dus­trial main­te­nance, in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal, hy­draulic, and pneu­matic equip­ment and trou­bleshoot­ing; as well as em­pha­sis on elec­tric mo­tors, mo­tor con­trols, and PLC trou­bleshoot­ing with Con­trol Logix.

For the 2017 school year, North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute had a 75% grad­u­a­tion rate, with an 86% job place­ment rate, but in some oc­cu­pa­tional path­ways the place­ment rate was al­most 100%. For the last six years, the NTI Prac­ti­cal Nurs­ing pro­gram has had a 100% pas­sage rate on the NCLEX, or the na­tional li­cen­sure exam for prac­tic­ing nurses. For the ben­e­fit of the pub­lic North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute has not had a tu­ition in­crease for nearly five years now.

North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute has part­ner­ships with North­west Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Ben­tonville, Crow­der Col­lege in Neosho, Mis­souri and North Arkansas Col­lege in Har­ri­son, and Arkansas Tech in Rus­sel­lville which al­low our stu­dents to ar­tic­u­la­tion abil­ity in search of higher de­grees. Each school will ac­cept the trans­fer of cer­tain cred­its al­low­ing for the NTI stu­dents who seek to earn an As­so­ciate De­gree.

North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute is the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Sec­ondary Ca­reer Cen­ter. The NTI Sec­ondary Ca­reer Cen­ter (SCC) is a sec­ondary ca­reer and tech­nol­ogy cen­ter that serves seven­teen pub­lic schools in North­west Arkansas. It pro­vides train­ing for cur­rent high school stu­dents to earn high school credit in ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion fields at no cost to the stu­dent.

The SCC is avail­able to ju­nior and se­nior high school stu­dents. The SCC is sup­ported by the Arkansas State Depart­ment of Ca­reer Ed­u­ca­tion. The Sec­ondary Ca­reer Cen­ter pro­vides stu­dents with ac­cess to high qual­ity ca­reer and tech­ni­cal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams. NTI of­fers satel­lite pro­grams at the Cen­ters of Ca­reer Academy of Hair De­sign, along with satel­lite sites in both Farm­ing­ton, Rogers and Gravette.

NTI pro­vides the Wash­ing­ton County area with a full slate of adult ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices. Our Cen­ter pro­vides English as a sec­ond Lan­guage, GED (Gen­eral High School Equiv­a­lency) Test­ing, and train­ing for Nat­u­ral­iza­tion Test­ing.

North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute works in tan­dem with busi­ness and in­dus­try of North­west Arkansas to ad­dress ca­reer and tech­ni­cal needs. NTI can ad­dress th­ese needs by of­fer­ing classes through our Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion classes, or if an em­ployee de­fi­ciency ex­ists, NTI can de­velop pro­grams of study in or­der to meet the needs of busi­ness and in­dus­try.

The fac­ulty, staff, and ad­min­is­tra­tion of North­west Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our tra­di­tion of pro­vid­ing a high qual­ity and af­ford­able ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion to those in­di­vid­u­als who en­roll at our school, while meet­ing our mis­sion state­ment, “Chang­ing lives through ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and skill de­vel­op­ment.”

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