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Academic Program Advisors
Attention Students! If you are seeking one of the below degrees, you should schedule an appointments here to see one of the advisors below and NOT with an Advisor in the Academic Advising Center.
Degrees and programs with dedicated advisors:
Associate of Arts (with 25+ credit/hours)
Agriculture, Food, and Life Science
Engineering and Pre-Engineering students
Computer Information and Computer Aided Drafting
Culinary and Food Studies
Environmental and Funeral Science (AAS)
Electronics Technology (AAS)
Health Professions (Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, EMT, Fire Science, HIM, etc)
**Please note faculty advisors can be found under academic division
Program Advisors listed below are located in their own offices and NOT at the Academic Advising Center. See below for location and contact information.
Health Professions Division, Health Professions Division (including Nursing and Physical Therapy Assistant)
Office: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 1002
Advises students enrolled in the following NWACC Health Professions programs...
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Nursing
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Respiratory Therapy Assistant
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Physical Therapy Assistant
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Paramedic
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Health Information Management
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Fire Science
- EMT - Basic Certification
- All Health Professions certificates
Welcome to NWACC! I have worked at NWACC for 13 years and love it! I returned to school in Fall 2000 as a nontraditional student after being laid off from a warehouse job, thinking I would go into Respiratory Therapy (RT). After a research paper in Composition I on RT, I decided that was not the profession for me. Instead I went into Graphic Design (talk about opposite ends of the spectrum!). In Fall 2001 I was hired as a work study in the Advising Center, the following fall I was hired full time in the Student Records office where I stayed for four years, before moving to Financial Aid where I worked another four years, then finally I returned to Advising - I had come full circle! I'm now the advisor for the Health Professions Division. During this time I've completed and Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree at NWACC, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Organizational Management from John Brown University, and am currently working on a Master of Arts (MA) in Management and Leadership from Webster University. I never imagined I'd have a career I enjoyed so much or that I'd go so far with my education. Please remember it's never too late to start something new or continue your education. It might just turn out to be the most exciting and rewarding adventure of your life. It has been for me!
Advisor for Business and Computer Information Degrees, Business and Computer Information Systems Division
Office: SCGBD 1011
Advises students in the following business and computer information degrees with 25 credit hours or more...
- Associate of Science (AS) in General Business Transfer
- Associate of Science (AS) in WCOB (UofA Business School) Transfer
- Associate of Science (AS) in WCOB - ISYS (UofA Business School - Information System)
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - All AAS Business Degrees
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - All AAS Computer Aided Drafting
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - All AAS Computer Degree (Networking, Programming, or Application Management)
Communication & Arts Departmental Advisor, Communication and Arts Division
Office: Burns Hall 1012
Advises Students in the following programs...
- Associate of Arts (AA) - with 25 or more college credit hours.
- Associate of General Studies (AGS)
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design
I have been an English professor at NWACC since 2004. I attended undergraduate school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and graduate school at the University of Arkansas for degrees in English Literature. I am passionate about teaching and advising, and I strongly believe in our students. I am proud to be a part of a college that is making a visible impact on the lives of our students and our community. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, cooking, and spending time with my husband and three girls.
Math & Science Departmental Advisor, Math and Science Division
Office: Burns Hall 2438
Advises Students in the following programs...
- Associate of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Life Science (AS-AFLS)
- Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a Math, Science, or Pre-Engineering concentration
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Electronics Technology
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Environmental and Regulatory Science
- Certificates in Environmental Regulatory Science, Workforce Readiness, and Workforce Safety and Health
- Certificates in Funeral Science
It might be unusual, but I love my last name because I am passionate about education. From elementary, to higher education, to workforce education, I believe that everyone deserves the chance to learn and develop new skills. I first began my love of higher education at the University of the Ozarks where I became a peer mentor my junior year. I loved helping the freshmen make good decisions and teaching them how to thrive in college and life. After graduation, I tried several different things trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing and eventually found myself working my way back into higher education. I have been working in higher education since 2011 and went on to earn a Master of Education degree. I firmly believe in connecting education to career goals and I strongly support STEM education as a part of that connection.
Culinary and Food Studies Advisor, Culinary and Food Studies Department
Office: Brightwater Campus Room 182, 801 SE 8th Street, Bentonville, AR
Advises students in the following programs...
- Culinary Arts/Hospitality programs
Lauren Altimont, Student Advisor, has had a variety of unique experiences relating to the food world. Although she grew up in Dallas, Texas she now calls Northwest Arkansas her home. Because of her passion for discovery, during her time in college at the University of Arkansas, Lauren immersed herself in many distinctive learning opportunities. Some of these include completing her internship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she worked on a restaurant development project, studying sustainable food systems and culinary arts in Tuscany, volunteering as a hunger relief coordinator at Cobblestone Farms, and partaking in a group honors thesis that researched strategies to alleviate childhood obesity through gardening and nutritious recipe development. Furthermore, after graduating with a degree in Restaurant Management and Hospitality Innovation focusing in global studies, Lauren jumped into another learn-by-doing experience by working as a winery cellar intern during harvest season in Sonoma, where she learned the wine-making process from grape to bottle. Her perspective that sees food and wine as a connector to all people, cultures, and environments has given her a passion to continue studying culinary arts in a variety of settings. As she continues her career, she hopes to encourage others to see their own potentials in impacting society through their own food-related ventures.