Welcome to the NWACC Upward Bound Program!

Our Mission:

The mission of the NorthWest Arkansas Community (NWACC) Upward Bound Project is to empower participants by building the skills and encouraging the motivation of each participant to complete their secondary education and to continue to a postsecondary education program.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. The Northwest Arkansas Community College Upward Bound program serves five school districts in Benton and Washington Counties.






Jason R. Ervin

Director Upward Bound

Jason is originally from Southern California and has lived in Arkansas since July of 2009. In California Jason was a mild/moderate Special Education Teacher in a self contained class. Jason comes from a large family of teachers and has been blessed to join the ranks of educators.

Jason has been married for 15 years to Nikki, a Respiratory Therapist and together they have three children, JJ, Lilly, and Olivia. "Through the grace of God I have found my way to the Upward Bound Program and plan to put a new spin on providing opportunity for more young people to attend college."

Jason R. Ervin




Austin K. Jones

Academic Coordinator
Upward Bound

Austin has always called Benton County home having grown up a little bit of everywhere but mostly in Garfield, Arkansas. He was home schooled and at age 15 began attending classes at NWACC. After graduating NWACC at 18 with an Associates of Applied Science he then attended the U of A Fayetteville where he spent the next 6 years completing a Bachelor's in Biology and a Master's in Entomology. After teaching Biology for NWACC and Science for the Upward Bound program for 4 years he now spends his time developing curricula for his "favorite students."

"It's awesome to be able to use Department of Education money to directly serve disadvantaged students. I have always felt that societal advancement depends on the dissemination of information, and that education is the most important thing for anyone, any state, and every nation!"

Austin K. Jones



Questions or comments about the web site? Please email ajones47@nwacc.edu.