Movin' On Up

July 15, 2021

Education

Back to School

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas

Goodwill is starting the process of opening an Excel Center here in NWA that allows residents over the age of 19 to return to school to receive a high school diploma.

  • Room to grow: Based off the Little Rock Excel program, which supports 350 students, the NWA location will offer free tuition, sit-in classes, and life coaches for its students. The expansion could increase the program's capacity to more than 1,000 students upon completion.
  • Opening doors: In Benton and Washington counties alone, there are 40,000 adults without a high school diploma. The school could potentially be open for enrollment by this fall.

Find out more about the Goodwill Excel program HERE.

Business

From Two to One

Two local nonprofits have helped make a way for single parents to pursue higher education for almost 40 years. On July 1, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County merged with the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas.

  • Building up: In 1984, Benton and Washington county became the first Arkansas counties to offer higher education scholarships for single parents. Since then, the two organizations have contributed $15.3mm to single-parent families.
  • More than money: The well-known local nonprofits are now uniting to give 20% more people access to better education, which includes counseling, emotional support, referrals, and help from their NWA neighbors who care.

You can find out more about the merger and its impact HERE.

Sponsored by BikeNWA

Cycling for Change

Critical Mass Summit

For the first time, a few local non-profits are coming together to host Critical Mass Summit. This Summit is inviting underrepresented populations, especially women, into the cycling, active transportation, and social change movements.

  • Mark your calendar: Next Friday, July 23, the event will kick off with a full day of virtual sessions led by a list of amazing local and national community leaders and holistic practitioners. On Saturday, participants will attend in-person outdoor adventures and experiences in NWA.
  • A new space: Cycling background or not, Critical Mass Summit will be a place for women to come together to talk about social change, active transportation, and making a positive impact on their communities.

You can read more about the event, its partners, and purchase tickets HERE.

Regional News

Climbing the Ladder

NWA Daily

The U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking is out, and NWA made the list again. Fayetteville is continuing its six year streak of top ten appearances with a No. 4 spot this year.

  • The best parts: Each year, cities around the country are ranked based on several specific metrics. With "incredible job opportunities, low cost of living and world-class quality of life amenities," NWA consistently outdoes the competition in one way or another.
  • Notable stats: This ranking places Fayetteville at the head of the pack in the SEC, which the U of A was very proud of. Our highest scoring metric continues to be value, followed closely by net migration.

Find out more about what makes Fayetteville the No. 4 Best Place to Live in the U.S. HERE.

Arts & Events

Across State Lines

NWA Daily

Organizations from Fayetteville and Tulsa are coming together this September for a four-day community experience to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Little Rock Central High School’s integration.

  • Modern masterpiece: The ceremony, put on by Fayetteville Roots, will begin at the Fayetteville Public Library with two days of workshops, events, and a performance of No Tears Suite.
  • The details: Happening Sep 23-26 all events are free to attend and registration information and event times will be announced in early September.

Read more about No Tears Suite Performances and Events HERE.

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