Northwest Arkansas Community College – Bentonville, Arkansas

EMPACTS (Educationally Managed Projects Advancing Curriculum, Technology/Teamwork, and Service) is an adult level,  college curricular adaptation of a successful K-12 pedagogical model called the EAST Initiative.  

The EMPACTS Learning Model transforms learners into innovative, productive leaders, who make meaningful contributions to the community, while deepening their learning of course content.

This process promotes meaningful learning experiences, as teams of students use technology to solve community, content-based problems.   Adult Learners gain an enhanced learning of the curriculum, while increasing self-esteem, confidence and motivation, and awareness of their role in serving their community.  EMPACTS students develop personal and professional skills that increase their potential to achieve success in the workplace. 

EMPACTS faculty partner with learners and the community as they implement service learning projects with a curricular focus.    

EAST students, who are looking for an EAST experience beyond high school, should consider the EAST/EMPACTS program at Northwest Arkansas Community College.  We have had eight years of successful student directed projects and have opportunities for scholarships, service as EMPACTS Tech Corp students and growth as individuals preparing for a four year college or the work force. 

For more information contact the EAST/EMPACTS Facilitator
 C. Dianne Phillips, Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics
dphillips@nwacc.edu, 479-619-4159

Dean of Science & Mathematics
EMPACTS Program Coordinator

Marvin Galloway, Ph.D.
BH 1440
(479) 619-4158

EMPACTS Program Facilitators

C. Dianne Phillips
Program Facilitator
(479) 619-2242 lab
(479) 313-7737 cell
BH 2455

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Gary Bender
Program Co-Facilitator 
for Math and Engineering EMPACTS Courses
(479) 619-2242 (lab)
(479)936-5158 (office)

 Gary Bender Photo