The Counseling Center plays an important role in the academic experience at National Park Community College. The professional counselors provide academic advising. Whether students are undecided or know what they want to major in, the counselors can assist in developing an individualized degree plan. Day and/or evening course offerings are available to work around family and/or job commitments. A computerized degree check, showing how a student is progressing toward a degree can be provided by a counselor. Counselors and faculty advisors assist students with academic advising. Students are required to meet with a counselor or faculty advisor to register for classes each semester.
As a service to students, the counselors also provide personal and short-term crisis counseling, career counseling and testing services. All counseling sessions of this nature are kept confidential.
Other services offered by the Counseling Center include: admissions processing, orientation, veterans services, and student academic follow-up.
The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center. The Center is open Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.and Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telephone inquiries can be directed to 760-4232.
The Bookstore is located across from the Student Center on the first level of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center . Its primary purpose is to supply textbooks and supplies needed for classes. In addition to books and supplies, the Bookstore also carries reference books, art supplies, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, caps, and other items. Students who want specific items not carried by the Bookstore should contact the bookstore manager.
At designated times each semester, an independent book company comes to the Bookstore to conduct a buyback to repurchase books.
Assessment, employability services and job referrals are provided through the Career Center activities. Career Center services are open to all students at no cost. Materials to assist with job search activities, including internet access, are available. Current job referrals are listed weekly, and there are opportunities for on campus interviews with area employers. The annual Job Fair is sponsored by the Career Center and is held in the Spring. The Career Center is located on the second floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center.
Educational Talent Search (ETS)
ETS is a U.S. Department of Education grant funded student support program that reaches out to 600 low income, first generation middle and high school students in the seven Garland County school districts. Participating students enjoy involvement in the activities such as campus tours, cultural events, College Hops, ACT Prep workshops, Career Awareness activities and summer camp opportunities. For more information about the ETS program, contact the Director at 760-4225.
Employment and Job Information Assistance
The Career Center serves as a clearinghouse for a number of local employers who are seeking qualified, part-time and full-time employees. The staff also attempts to work with graduate and non-graduates who seek permanent, full-time employment. This service is based on information and needs given to the staff by instructors and business firms. Students are encouraged to contact the Career Center for any career service needs.
A small cafe is located in the Student Center. A variety of food entrees are offered, including hamburgers and fries, sandwiches, salads and a daily luncheon hot meal special. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Snack and drink vending machines are also located in the Student Center.
College faculty and support staff and advisory committee members work closely with area business and industry to place students in the area(s) for which they were trained. Program directors and the Director of Career Services College staff assist students in obtaining permanent career employment. Graduation and placement statistics for individual programs are available on request.
A Health Services Nurse is on campus from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The nurse’s office is located on the bottom floor of the social science faculty offices.
First aid kits are located in almost all campus buildings for minor emergencies. Students who are injured while on campus should notify the Health Services Nurse. Notify the Counseling Center or Vice President for Student Services’ office if the nurse is not on campus.
Housing and Transportation
There is no resident housing on campus. City bus transportation is available from various areas of Hot Springs to the campus. Bus transportation is provided by the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center for students who live in the Rehabilitation Center.
Learning Acceleration Center
The Learning Acceleration Center is a computer-aided instructional service available free to all students. Students may drop by at any time to brush up on skills or practice new skills. Instructional tutorials are available for reading, all levels of math, all levels of writing and composition, as well as the sciences. In addition to instructional tutorials, the staff of the LAC can help with email addresses, career assessments, interest inventories, and/or computer literacy. The center is located in the Computer Resource Center.
The Library serves as the information center and supports the instructional programs of the College. The Library has a website and fully automated catalog available on the internet at http://www.youseemore.com/npcc/. The website provides access to online research databases, providing full-text electronic access to thousands of major journals, newspapers, and specialized references. These databases include 23 EBSCO databases, Proquest Nursing and Allied Health Source, Literature Resource Center, and many more. The Library collection contains over 27,000 books, 100 current periodical subscriptions, and over 1280 videos. Access to other library collections is provided through Inter-library lending and reciprocal borrowing arrangements. A specialized collection of Arkansas books and materials houses over 800 items.
Six full-time employees, including two Librarians with Master’s degrees in Library Science, provide comprehensive reference and research assistance to students and faculty. Classroom presentations on information literacy provide students with the skills to find accurate and reliable information in today’s electronic environment. Student ID and parking decals are available through the Library. Library facilities and services are open and free of charge to students, faculty, and all members of the community.
Fall and Spring Semesters: Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Summer hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, closed Friday
Lost and Found
Students seeking lost items should check with the Student Center Manager located on the first floor in the Gerald Fisher Campus Center. Students who find items should turn them in to the same office.
Traffic signs are posted throughout the campus and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the posted speed limits, directions and parking areas. These traffic regulations are established by the State of Arkansas and failure to abide by these regulations constitutes a violation of state law. State and county law enforcement officials do tow vehicles at the owner’s expense if they are parked illegally or in an unauthorized area, including vehicles illegally parked in “Handicapped” and “No Parking” slots. In addition, according to state law, vehicles parked on Mid-America Boulevard must be at least 3 feet off the travel portion of the road or their owners will be subject to tickets and tows.
Since this is a commuter college, parking and traffic regulations must be maintained for the protection of both drivers and pedestrians. Students must park only in designated parking areas, including additional parking spaces at the gym. Special parking areas for students with disabilities are identified throughout the campus. Car decals are free and may be obtained during the enrollment process in the Student Center.
Recruitment and Campus Tours
National Park Community College welcomes potential students and their families. Stop by the Office of Recruitment located in the Ish Stivers Building. Telephone inquiries can be direct to 764-4364. You may contact this office to schedule individual or group campus tours and to arrange other recruitment activities.
The Board of Trustees of National Park Community College believes that an active program of student activities is an important part of college life. Student groups may schedule a variety of campus activities.
All official College organizations must be approved by the Vice President for Student Services, the President, and the Board of Trustees.
Student activities are governed under the guidelines of the College's approved Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. This document is available from the Vice President for Student Services. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations of this statement can result in action being taken against groups and individuals by the College.
Services for Students with Disabilities
National Park Community College is committed to fulfilling all Federal requirements as stated in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Services provided to students with disabilities include registration; academic counseling; faculty and staff training for meeting the needs of disabled students; automatic doors to most buildings; wheelchair ramps; and tutorial, note taking, reader, and interpreting services. Services for students with disabilities are coordinated by Student Services and the Student Support Services Program (SSS) on campus in conjunction with State Rehabilitation Services Agencies. Students with disabilities are responsible for notifying the Vice President for Student Services or Student Support Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester if special academic accommodations are needed to assure that services are in place by the beginning of their first day of classes at NPCC. For more information, please contact the Student Support Services Program.
Adaptive Equipment Lab
Services for students with disabilities are provided through the Counseling Center. The adaptive equipment for Braille printing, textbook reading and voice dictation software, and JAWS usage are located in Counseling Center (CC 243). Students may schedule tutoring time by registering for Intro to Adaptive Equipment (a one-hour class) or by contacting the Student Services Office.
Student Activities are usually scheduled during the noon hour on Wednesday. A variety of entertainment and educational seminars are presented during the year. Free food is serviced to students at many of the events.
The Vice President for Student Services is responsible for organizing Constitutional Day and information is available through the office of the Director of Financial Aid.
There are two Student Centers at NPCC. One is located on the first floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center. Between classes, students can engage in a game of pool or ping pong. A large screen TV and video games are also available for viewing during leisure time. There are vending machines for snacks as well as a snack bar where students can order burgers, fries, and a variety of sandwiches and hot meals.
The other Student Center is located on the south side of campus, in close proximity to the technical classrooms. This Student Center is used for group meetings, lunch, and break periods. Vending machines are available as well as a concession stand operated by the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. No cafeteria services are available in this Center.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRIO Program designed to provide services to approximately two hundred eligible students. These services include counseling in academic, personal, career, and financial aid areas; transfer and transitional services for those students wishing to transfer to four-year institutions; tutoring in most subject areas; small group non-credit math instruction; cultural enrichment activities; and additional financial aid for student receiving a Pell Grant. For information about eligibility, contact Student Support Services.
The Testing Center is located on the second floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center. Course placement assessment (ASSET and COMPASS) testing is provided in the center. A fee is assessed to students taking the ASSET or COMPASS test at NPCC and using the results for entrance into another post-secondary institution. A photo I.D. is required.
Tutoring is provided free of charge to NPCC students. Tutoring is available for Math and Science courses and is conducted by both professional and peer tutors. The lab is located in the Math & Science Building, room MS-203. For more information, contact the Tutor Supervisor at 760-4228. Click here for the tutoring page for more information on Tutoring Services available at NPCC.
The College has approved programs for veterans training, and the veterans counselor is knowledgeable about all regulations pertaining to veterans educational services. Other information is available from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Phone number: 1-888-442-4551.