LIFE Program for High School Students | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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PLEASE READ: LIFE program updates due to COVID-19.

The LIFE (Learning, Improvement, Fun, and Empowerment) program at NWACC connects and supports area high school students who may or may not be considering college after graduation. This friendly group is determined to help high schoolers believe in their ability to accomplish all of their dreams!

We at NWACC understand that transitioning to college after high school is a rewarding decision but can also be very challenging. With the college's LIFE program, we can help you navigate the obstacles and connect you with a college-age LIFE Mentor who can walk you through it all step by step.

Our goal in LIFE is to help you feel empowered to dream big, learn how to fulfill your goals, strive to improve, and most importantly, have fun! There’s a place for you at NWACC. Let us help you find it.

View our video to learn how high school students have benefited from LIFE.


LIFE's Award Winning Mission:

The mission for LIFE at NWACC is to empower and create desire and access to quality higher educational opportunities for students, to promote student success during and after their enrollment in the LIFE program, and to create an atmosphere of acceptance and cultural celebration by linking all communities and peoples. 

Learn about the awards that the LIFE Program has earned for its success: Closing the Gap Award | University Business Models of Excellence

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2020 Summer Program

LIFE’s summer program is not just an educational program, it is an experience where you'll move forward in life feeling connected, empowered and supported. This year, as the rest of the world is adjusting due to COVID-19, the LIFE program will too.

What to expect if you apply:

  • Connection: LIFE will reach out to you virtually to provide you with creative ways to connect!
  • Empowered: LIFE is committed to providing empowering virtual content - apply so you don’t miss it!
  • Supported: Juanita, Codie, LIFE Mentors, LIFE Supporters and ALL NWACC staff are committed to creatively supporting YOU!

We are actively and continuously making plans to provide as much LIFE as we can to you this summer even though it will look different.

Seniors: We are specifically planning for you! We know this is a crazy time and we are HERE TO HELP YOU! And LIFE will still be giving out scholarships! 

Be sure to apply so you don’t miss any of the fun!

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In addition to the Summer Program, students can participate in the challenging LIFEQuiz academic competition that occurs every Fall.


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Legacy Mentors

Meet the mentors who were apart of LIFE since its beginning. Learn about their life accomplishments and how the program has helped them succeed!

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Explore the resources that NWACC offers parents of first-generation college students. We are here to help!

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High School Partners

High schools have partnered with the LIFE Program at NWACC. Learn more about how high school staff, faculty, and students have benefited.

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Support LIFE

Our LIFE events are made possible by numerous volunteers and donations. Find out how you can help.

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LIFE as NWACC Students

After participating in LIFE and enrolling at NWACC, you'll have access to even more resources at the college. 

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Connect with Us

Follow LIFE on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about events and updates!