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NWACC launches trail technician program, emphasizing the booming outdoor recreation industry in Northwest Arkansas.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is launching a new trail technician program designed to meet the growing demand for skilled trail professionals. The 12-weekend program offers practical training in trail construction, maintenance and management.

A recent study by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business found that the bicycling industry generated $159 million in total economic impact from cycling-related jobs, tourism revenue and taxes in Northwest Arkansas in 2022. The analysis, commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation, specifically examined Benton and Washington counties. This significant economic contribution highlights the importance of cycling infrastructure and related services, which includes bike shops, equipment sales, repairs and trail maintenance.

The program covers essential areas including trail construction and maintenance, planning and design, heavy equipment operation, welding for trails and small engine repair. Classes are held on weekends to accommodate busy schedules, making it ideal for working professionals and volunteers. 

“We are excited to launch this program in a format that is accessible to a broader range of students,” said Lori Greminger, trail technician program director at NWACC. “Our weekend classes allow individuals to gain valuable skills without disrupting their weekday responsibilities, and our partnerships with top organizations ensure a high-quality educational experience.”

Students can earn certificates of proficiency in trail technician and trail management, which can contribute towards a technical certificate in trail construction and management with additional courses. 

NWACC partners with leading organizations such as American Trails, the Professional Trail Builders Association, the Trail Skills Project, The DIRTT Project, Trail Tools and IMBA Europe to ensure a high-quality educational experience.

The program is ideal for current trail industry workers, aspiring trail builders and passionate volunteers, addressing the increasing demand for skilled trail technicians due to the rise in outdoor activities and trail expansions in Northwest Arkansas.

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