Is your company on the lookout for an exceptional workforce? Bentonville has a brilliant talent pool that has a longstanding history of contributing creative ideas and forging new markets for the companies for which they work. Invest in Bentonville and reap the benefits of having access to educational institutions in the City of Bentonville and surrounding region that can customize programs needed for your company or organization.
The City of Bentonville has a labor force of 22,659 workers. As of May 2016, the unemployment rate in Bentonville is 2.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted), which is significantly lower than the State of Arkansas (3.8 percent) and the United States (4.7 percent) for the same time period.
The innovative and entrepreneurial culture of the City of Bentonville has created an excited and opportunistic workforce. Companies that are looking to begin or expand can tap into Bentonville’s robust braintrust, the city’s most exceptional natural resource. Invest in Bentonville and discover why ideas that have been developed in a coffee shop or on the shop floor have led to exponential success.
Bentonville Public Schools has a total enrollment of more than 16,000 students with a student/teacher ratio of 1:14. The school district is committed to providing an excellent education through innovative, inspiring learning experiences. Notably, the ACT and SAT scores far exceed the state and national averages and the district has a history of fostering National Merit Finalists.
The City of Bentonville is home to Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). NWACC offers two-year Associate Degree Programs or transfer degrees that may be used to transfer to a traditional four-year college. The college offers Associates Degrees and certificates in fields such as Business, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Education, Environment, Fire Science, Funeral Science, Graphic Design, and Health Care, as well as workforce entry degrees or Associates in Applied Science Degrees.
The Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development focuses on nine primary areas: Entrepreneurial Studies Institute, Retail Management Institute, Bill Stribling Sustainability Institute, J. B. Hunt Transportation-Logistics Institute, Randy and Valerie Lawson SIFE Center, John and Emily Douglas Learning Resource Center, University Partnerships, Business & Computer Information Division and Horace and Jaretta Hardwick Hospitality Center.
The Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center at NWACC is the first of four regional centers. This facility serves a 16 state region and provides teaching to all mandated reporters, teachers, social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, first responders, health professionals, attorneys, and members of our judicial and childcare systems. The NWACC Foundation recently completed a $3 million fundraising campaign for a “state of the art” training laboratory that will include a two-story mock home, mock courtrooms, child forensic interview rooms, practice medical exam rooms, interactive video capabilities and flexible use spaces to train child abuse professionals with the latest techniques to identify and eliminate child abuse situations.
The City of Bentonville is also within close proximity (26 miles) of the University of Arkansas’s main campus in Fayetteville. The University of Arkansas offers courses of study including bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs. Fields of study include, but are not limited to, accounting, agriculture, animal science, architecture, biology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, finance, nutrition, general business, journalism, mathematics, nursing, music, physics, political science, and sociology.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has a Northwest campus located in Fayetteville. The Northwest campus offers transfer from UAMS for the third and fourth years of medical school; transfer from UAMS for the third and fourth years of pharmacy school; MNSc (Advanced Practice Nursing) and PhD degree programs in nursing; and Associate and Bachelor degree programs in Radiologic Imaging Sciences.
The Millennial and Generation Z population is projected to grow by 12 percent in the City of Bentonville over the next five years. Far exceeding the projected growth of the state (2 percent) and the United States (3 percent), Bentonville is a leading destination for those looking to start their career or start their business.
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Notably, the Bentonville Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) will launch in the fall of 2016. YEA! is open to students in grades 6-12 and will collaborate and guide students interested in starting a business or social movement.