What is 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. AmeriCorps 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.
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 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 the 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 families.
Pete's Pantry is located in room M171 on the South campus of North Arkansas College. The Pantry is open for walk-ins on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. while classes are in session. To schedule an appointment outside of those times, just email email@example.com 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.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & 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.
SNAP E&T Coordinator, Jennifer Scott, can be reached directly at 870-391-3197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 each semester. Our one-on-one coaching sessions combined with the information learned through the 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 email@example.com.
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.
To learn more about career coaching opportunities at Northark or to schedule an appointment, contact the Advising Office at 870-391-3155.
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.