NWACC expands its integrated design program
NorthWest Arkansas Community College is developing new graphic-design and engineering technology programs, with plans to enroll students starting in fall 2024.
Details: The programs build on the school's integrated design lab, which prepares students for careers in product design. The lab aims for "cross-pollination" in related fields, such as graphic and computer-aided design, Elysia Contreras Springer, NWACC's grant director, told Axios.
Driving the news: The school received more than $618,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation to help expand the program. The money will largely go toward equipment and faculty, Springer said.
How it works: NWACC's integrated design lab allows students to earn certificates that can be completed solo or alongside other degree programs.
- The lab opened in 2019. A $586,000 NSF grant helped jump-start programming in fine arts, construction technology and computer-aided design.
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