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Frederick M. Dierks

Partnering with leaders, businesses and organizations in the Hot Springs community, National Park Community College Foundation has the opportunity to support our students through numerous endowed scholarships and campus improvements such as the newly completed Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences.

Completed in August of 2009, the new center was made possible by Mr. Frederick M. Dierks´ generous $1.5 million donation, which was the largest individual cash gift to an Arkansas community college when it was made in December 2006. The donation tremendously impacted the NPCC Foundation's first capital campaign – Your Place. Your Time. Your Health. More than $4 million has been given to date.

Linda Castaldi, Nursing Division Chair, has realized a dream in having "all of the nursing students and faculty, PN and RN, together in the same building for the first time." The Nursing Division shares residence in the new center with the health science students and faculty. Castaldi said being housed in the same center, "allows us to share resources as well as enhance the collaborative spirit so important in teaching and practicing health care."

The new center also provides space for alternative clinical experiences using simulation which is on the forefront of health care education. "We are excited about this opportunity," continued Castaldi, "and appreciate the generosity of Mr. Dierks and others who have contributed to this dream."  Classes in the new 75,000 square-foot  center include the following subject areas: Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiography, and Recreational Leadership. NPCC has trained approximately 90% of this area's healthcare workers.

Donations to support NPCC students and facilities can be made by contacting Sara Brown, Director of Development, at (501)760-4129, or at