Northark Help

Northark Help

Northark Help is a program designed to assist Northark students through benefit services.  The goal is to increase student retention and completion, increase student financial stability, increase employment rates and generate a culture change.  AmericCorps Vista, AARP TaxAide, Northwest Regional Housing Authority and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas have partnered with the college to make this program possible.

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Public Benefits

Northark Help offers access to food, healthcare, tax preparation, Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance Benefits and other services to assist students during their pursuit of higher education.  Northark provides an on-campus location to aid in-person application processes for partnering agencies.

Pete's Pantry

Pete's Pantry is a free supplemental food pantry for currently enrolled Northark students.  A division of Northark HELP, Pete's Pantry was designed to assist students with food needs while working to further their education.  The only requirement to use the pantry is that the student must be currently enrolled in classes.

Students are welcome to visit the pantry twice a month during semesters in which they are enrolled. Pete's Pantry is set up on a point system. The number of people in a student's household will determine the point total for the visit. Students will be allowed to shop through the pantry and select the food for their family.
Pete's Pantry is located in room M171 on the South campus of North Arkansas College. The Pantry is open for walk-ins on Mondays 1 - 5 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. only. To schedule an appointment outside of those times, just email or call 870-391-3307 or the Advising Office at 870-391-3115. You may come by the pantry to shop for your selections, or request a shopping list be sent to you, so that you can pre-order.
Pete's Pantry was established through the Working Student Success Network and is sustained through private donations. Through our partnership with the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, Pete's Pantry is able to receive food on average at 10 cents per pound. While we do accept non-expired shelf life food, we ask that if you wish to donate to the pantry please make a monetary donation. To donate please call 870-391-3307 or the Northark Foundation at 870-391-3159.

Northark also appreciates items purchased and donated through our Amazon Wish List and each item will go to a deserving student working to better themselves through education.

Pete's Pantry Amazon Wish List

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T)

The SNAP E&T program provides individuals receiving SNAP benefits support and resources to develop self-sufficiency. One-on-one advising sessions identify personal interests and match interests to available support, training, and employment opportunities. The SNAP E&T program hosts a wide variety of partnerships in the College, community, and state.

In person meetings are available in Berryville, Harrison, Huntsville, Jasper, and Leslie. Telephone and Zoom conferencing are also provided. Student walk-ins are welcome at room # M171 (near the Bradley Center) on Northark - South campus.  All services are available to students and the public.

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SNAP E&T Coordinator, Jennifer Scott, can be reached directly at 870-391-3197 or

Financial Coaching

Northark staff assists students in reaching their financial goals. Financial services provided by Northark HELP include goal setting, learning to budget wisely, saving more money, building your credit, paying off debt and becoming financially stable.

Get help from one-on-one financial coaching sessions, seminars from financial experts and free educational workshop opportunities offered through each semester. Our one-on-one coaching sessions combined with the information learned through financial literacy curriculum will have students eager to improve their financial situations and be better equipped for life after graduation. Please contact Jennifer Haddock at 870-391-3240 or

Schedule an appointment with a financial coach.

Career Coaching

Career coaching is for students who wish to gain a clear picture of where they are going, improve their work satisfaction, change jobs or make a career change. Each session holds a great opportunity to explore what the future holds and set personal career goals while gaining career confidence, insight, encouragement, and inspiration. The career coach will:

  • Try to find out your life/work values, your purpose in life and identify careers which are aligned with this. The closer your job is to these critical values, the happier and more satisfied you will feel.
  • Help you recognize what jobs you are suited for based on your talents, education, personality, and ambition. These can be detected through general discussion, testing and probing questions. The best coaches are very honest and will tell you what you can aspire to and what your limitations are likely to be.
  • Assist you to clarify your long-term career goals and assist you to create an action plan to achieve them. This can take several sessions to complete.
  • Structure your job search, help with your application documents as well as coach you to present well in job interviews.

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To learn more about career coaching opportunities at Northark or to schedule an appointment, contact Jen Harrell at 870-391-3272 or email at

Career and Financial Literacy Training

Career and financial literacy training is provided to Northark students through course embedding, new student orientation, Go To Person Campaign, workshops, Northark welcome week, Northark website, publications and community partner agencies. Topics include budgeting, credit, checking and savings accounts, exploration of options for majors and resume and professionalism.


Student Resources
Academic & Educational Struggles, Tutoring & Testing Needs

Sharla Hellen
(870) 391-3560

Learning Resource Center
Hunger & Food Shortage Issues
Personal Necessities
Housing & Living Situation Concerns
Utility Assistance Needs
Transportation & Engine Trouble Issues

Pete's Pantry
(870) 391-3307

SNAP Employment & Training Program 
additional resource for SNAP recipients

Jennifer Scott
(870) 391-3197

Pete's Pantry
Veterans Services

Randy Scaggs
(870) 391-3223

Disability Services

Taylor Whillock
(870) 391-3204

Help for Students with Children, Dependents or Child Care Issues

Career Pathways
(870) 391-3153

Early Alert

Rachel Nelson
(870) 391-3546

Title IX Reporting

Chris Lafata
(870) 391-3231

Behavioral Intervention

Tavonda Brown
(870) 391-3331

Crisis Counseling -FREE, unlimited access to therapists & on-demand crisis counseling for Northark students

The Virtual Care Group

Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention and Care

Boone County Health Unit
1622 Campus Drive, Harrison, AR
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(870) 743-5244
Resources for Young Mothers and Children

Circle of Life
(870) 391-3506
Deena Dillard

Academic, Career and Financial Coaching
Educational & Financial Goal Planning
Academic Advising & Transfer Advice

Jen Harrell
(870 391-3272
Rachel Nelson 
(870) 391-3546

Advising Center (870) 391-3115




Personal Financial Concerns, Financial Coaching or Planning to Pay for Your Education

Jennifer Haddock
(870) 391-3240
Financial Aid Office