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January 12, 2023

Education

NWACC Receives Grant To Launch Trails Trade School

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has received an $8m grant on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation to develop a trade school program for trail building and maintenance.

  • New industry: The Trails Trade School will develop a workforce of certified trail technicians to serve our growing community's dependence on the network of regional trails for transportation and recreation.
  • Skilled: Along with gaining a certification in trail building and maintenance, Trails Trade School students can gain certification in NWACC's Bicycle Technician Program or earn an associate degree in Construction Technology.

Read more on the story HERE.

Arts

Tootsie Takes The Stage Next Week At Walton Arts Center

Walton Arts Center

The comedy-musical Tootsie is taking the stage at Walton Arts Center next week, providing eight chances to laugh your face off between Jan 17-22.

  • Tootsie role: This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime.
  • Rave reviews: Come experience this fresh new take on the 1982 film and see why it's being called a "musical comedy heaven" by Rolling Stone and "the most uproarious new musical in years!" by The Hollywood Reporter. 

Tickets start at $41. Get yours HERE.

Sponsored by Peel Compton Foundation

Spring And Summer Camp Opportunities For Kids By Peel Compton Foundation

Peel Compton Foundation

Ready for warmer weather so the kids can get out and play? Get ahead on your spring or summer plans by signing up for one of Peel Compton Foundation's outdoor learning experiences.

  • Natural learning: Coler Kids Camp immerses children, ages 8-12, in nature at Coler Preserve, keeping them active by learning outdoor skills. In the Explore Archery experience, teens ages 12-16 can receive archery training from certified instructors at The Quiver.
  • Adventure: Explore Osage is an exciting summer camp, providing children ages 8-12 with hands-on adventure by exploring the wetlands and learning archery at Osage Park.

Find more information and reserve spring or summer dates HERE.

Sports

Northwest Arkansas NASCAR Driver Sets Eyes On Daytona

Matt Wilson Racing

Is that a Razorback out on the racetrack? Arkansas native Matt Wilson is driving hard for a chance to race in NASCAR's biggest race of the year, the Daytona 500.

  • Fast success: Wilson competes in NASCAR's ARCA Menards Series, and during his first season in 2022, he achieved one top-10 and two top-15 finishes.
  • Razorfast: Born in Hot Springs but currently residing in Northwest Arkansas, Wilson is proud to represent our state, and he hopes to follow in fellow Arkansan and NASCAR Hall-of-Famer, Mark Martin's tracks.

Read more on the story HERE.

Community

College Engineering Students Teach Kids Computer Coding

NWA Daily

Last month, over 100 computer science and engineering students from the University of Arkansas gave back to the community by teaching elementary kids the basics of computer coding.

  • Power hour: As part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, students of all grades at Butterfield Trail, Happy Hollow, and Root elementary participated in the Hour of Code program, learning introductory coding.
  • Role models: U of A student volunteers encouraged the kids' learning and hopefully inspired the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.

Read more of the story HERE.

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