Melba Shewmaker Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) serves as the first of only three regional partners of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Melba Shewmaker Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center works to significantly reduce all forms of child maltreatment through education, training, and prevention, while advocating for and serving children, adult survivors, and communities. The training center aims to prepare all current and future child protection professionals to recognize, react and report the abuse of children. The Melba Shewmaker Southern Region NCPTC provides community education, professional training, technical assistance, publications, and curriculum support for sixteen states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.
In the last five years, Melba Shewmaker Southern Region NCPTC has trained law enforcement officers, prosecutors, forensic interviewers, sexual assault nurse examiners, social workers, counselors, and other child protection workers from all seventy-five Arkansas counties. In 2015, nearly 6,000 adults and children received training through the center.