NorthWest Arkansas Community College-Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food
801 S.E. Eighth St.
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 631-8600
Online: www.Brightwater.org Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food was conceived to be more than a typical cooking school. As an academic department of NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Brightwater offers uniquely holistic programming with academic and career training in the areas of culinary nutrition, artisanal food, beverage management, and food entrepreneurship. A WORLD CLASS EDUCATION - Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the American Culinary Federation. Brightwater breaks the mold by focusing on the larger food system, culinary skills, wellness and strengthening local food networks to change the paradigm of culinary education. Assembling a core group of chef instructors and culinary masters, the program teaches and inspires students, industry professionals, and the general public in an innovative educational setting. As an an academic division of NWACC, Brightwater is dedicated to teaching food systems from A to Z, making our program entirely unique. Our goal is to develop leaders who combine culinary skills with the ability to recognize and address complex food issues. In addition to artisanal food, culinary arts, pastry and baking and beverage management, we offer courses with a focus on culinary nutrition, food waste reduction and food security. Special classes in applied farming, seasonal cooking, and the art of fermentation are among the many one-of-a-kind classes that can be found at Brightwater. Simply put, Brightwater provides world-class training for individuals, students and professionals at any point of their journey into the world of food.
School Type 2 Year
Funding Type Public
Admissions Information
Requirements High school diploma or GED; ACT, SAT, required for placement only; some programs have additional requirements. Open admission.
Admissions Email enrollmentsupport@nwacc.edu
Admissions Phone (479) 986-4000
Scholarship Information
Highlights There are a number of private scholarships available for culinary students, from companies like Reynolds. In general: Thanks to our wonderful and generous donors, NWACC is able to provide over 130 scholarships to students. The availability, application type, qualifications, and award amounts are subject to change and can vary from academic year to academic year. Scholarships are available annually: For all students during Dec. 1 to March, which awards the following academic year, and Nursing students during September to October for current nursing students, which is awarded the current academic year Students must be enrolled or will be enrolled at NWACC during the semester(s) for which the scholarship will be awarded, and they must meet all requirements for an NWACC scholarship to qualify to apply. More Information Click Here Scholarship Email scholarships@nwacc.edu Scholarship Phone (479) 619-4316
Tuition Information
2018/19 Annual Undergrad In-state Tuition for Classes Only (based on two 15-hour semesters, EXCLUDING fees and room and board)
Annual Fee Notes 2018/19 Additional Fees Annually (including room and board with basic meal plan and any other required fees, based on two 15-hour semesters)
Bilingual Admissions Contact Erika Garcia (479) 986-4000
Financial Aid Information
Highlights 43% of students receive financial aid; abundant work study opportunities; Financial aid deadlines: Summer and Fall: May 1, Spring: Nov. 1
Financial Aid Contact Michelle Cordell Director
Financial Aid Phone (479) 986-4000
Financial Aid Email enrollmentsupport@nwacc.edu
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Degree Programs

Culinary Arts

Baking & Pastry Arts

Artisanal Food

Beverage Arts

Baking Arts

Culinary Arts

Artisanal Food

Beverage Arts

Culinary (or Culinary Arts)

Baking & Pastry (or Baking Arts)

Artisanal Food

Beverage Arts