Representatives from the University of Arkansas and NorthWest Arkansas Community College on Thursday (May 28) signed a memorandum of understanding that allows the transfer of courses in child advocacy to transfer to UA.
The agreement provides the opportunity for NWACC students who complete courses that adhere to the evidence-based child advocacy studies curriculum offered at Winona State University and the UA School of Social Work to transfer those credits into one of several bachelor’s degree pathways at the UA at the advanced 3000-level.
NWACC students seeking to transfer the courses must meet several requirements. These requirements include earning an associate degree from NWACC and completing the 2000 level classes within the child advocacy studies curriculum at NWACC.
Students also must have been admitted to the School of Social Work or be majoring in sociology, criminal justice or psychology or be pursuing a human environmental sciences degree or be pursuing a nursing degree at the UA.
Dr. Ricky Tompkins, vice president of learning and chief academic officer at NWACC, said the agreement is another step in the ongoing collaboration and partnership between the two higher education institutions.
“This memorandum of understanding allows for a seamless transfer of courses for those students preparing to serve children and who seek to create an environment where all youngsters can be safe and have the opportunity to learn,” he said.
Tompkins noted prior to the signing ceremony that during the next 18 months more than 30 non-credit training sessions are being planned at the Melba Shewmaker Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center in Bentonville that serves 16 states.