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Business and Industry Solutions
Workforce and Economic Development

Business and Industry Solutions
Workforce and Economic Development

Workforce and Economic Development

Workforce Development provides training and development opportunities across a variety of specialized needs, ranging from small businesses looking for team training options to individuals interested in beginning a career in construction. We offer strategic community partnerships and world-class training that allow students to earn an Associate of Applied Science, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency.

NWACC's new Integrated Design Lab is scheduled to open for the 2019 Fall semester and will offer courses in construction and visual arts. The facility will also house space for sculptures, ceramics, a Fab Lab with 3D printers, a CNC router, laser cutting equipment, and other tools. Students will be encouraged to test creative entrepreneurial ideas by utilizing the skills learned in various construction and art classes.  

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Apprenticeship Programs

If you love working with your hands, problem solving, and learning the mechanics behind the systems that keep buildings up and running, an apprenticeship may be ideal for you. NWACC offers three apprenticeship pathway options including Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Plumbing and Electrical. 

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Business & Professional Development

Through our business and professional development courses and training offerings, students experience quality, cost-effective and convenient options that help maximize performance, build new skills, and strengthen existing knowledge bases. We offer both in-person and online training.

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Certified Retail Analyst 

Our Certified Retail Analyst (CRA) program provides opportunities to redirect your career goals or develop new skills that will keep you moving forward in the industry. Learn about becoming a certified retail analyst or refresh your retail analytical experience.

CRA Program

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Advanced Retail & Supplier Industry Training

Our Advanced Retail & Supplier Industry Training courses are designed to get an individual or an entire team up to speed quickly. They can assist retailers and suppliers in improving business results or help an existing supplier be successful in the retail and supplier world. 

Retail & Supplier Training

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Construction Technology

Learn the skills and earn the credentials you need to join the growing construction industry. Construction technology graduates are in high demand and are vital component to our economy.

Construction Tech

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Customized Training

Whatever your business or professional need, NWACC's Workforce Development can develop and provide customized training for your employees.

Customized Training


Institute for Corporate & Public Safety (ICPS)

ICPS is a comprehensive education, training, and research institute designed to bridge the knowledge gap between the private security and public safety sectors while enhancing the country's rural preparedness challenges.


Integrated Design Lab

Integrated Design

By participating in NWACC’s Integrated Design program, you’ll build an educational foundation in artistic creativity, design-thinking principles, construction methods and business practices.

Integrated Design


FANUC Robotics Training

FANUC has a long history of providing world-class training programs on robotics, intelligent solutions, and advanced automation applications. Explore training options through partnership with FANUC and the NWA Regional Robotics Training Center.