National Park Community College
National Park Community College
Postings from the Park
Postings from thePark
Volume 5, Issue 1 November 2011
Sally Carder, President Learning is Our Focus; Student Success is Our Goal.
Nov. 23-26 Thanksgiving break -
Dec. 1 Public registration
Dec. 7 Last day of classes
Dec. 12 Holiday in the Park -
Horner Hall, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 19-30 College closed
Jan. 2 College reopens
Jan. 9 Faculty/Staff Workshop
Jan. 10 Faculty Workday
National Park Technology Center Selected
Jan. 11 Classes begin as an Outstanding Technology Centers That Work Center
National Park Technology Center has been selected as an Outstanding Technology Centers
That Work (TCTW) Center. This award is based on the success of center leaders and teach-
ers in improving center practices and raising student achievement. The award was pre-
sented by Dave Spence, president of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), at
the 25th Annual HSTW (High Schools That Work) Staff Development Conference in
Nashville, Tennessee this summer.
Spence praised the center for its achievement, pointing out that it takes dedication and hard
work on the part of technology center leaders and teachers to make progress in preparing
students for college and careers in an increasingly competitive world. He presented the
award before an audience of more than 5,000 educators from across the nation attending
the HSTW Conference.
NPTC was one of only seven TCTW centers in the nation to receive the 2011 Outstanding
National Park Community College TCTW Center Award. To be recognized as an Outstanding TCTW Center, a center had to
101 College Drive be nominated by the TCTW state coordinator or by an SREB director for a noteworthy ac-
Hot Springs, AR 71913 complishment such as a significant increase in achievement on state assessments, in gradu-
501-760-4222 ation rates, in the percentage of students meeting college-readiness standards, or in the
www.npcc.edu percentage of students passing state-approved employer certification exams.
Centers, see page 2
Centers, from page 1
“This center has shown what can be
NPCC Students Receive Scholarships accomplished to improve student
From the Mid-America Volunteer Association performance and readiness for col-
lege and careers by deeply imple-
menting the TCTW model for
strengthening curriculum and in-
struction,” said Gene Bottoms,
SREB Senior Vice President. “The
center illustrates the spirit of
change and the gains in perform-
ance that Technology Centers That
Work advocates and supports
through assessment, staff develop-
ment, and technical assistance.”
Kenneth E. Lowe (left) and Allen F. Juenemann (right) received scholarships from
the Mid-America Volunteer Association on July 13th. Also pictured is Wayne Roberts
(center), president of the Volunteer Association. Both Mr. Lowe and Mr. Juenemann
are students at National Park Community College in health care programs. These
scholarships were applied to their fall school expenses. The Mid-America Volunteer
Association has been awarding scholarships for the past ten years with funds raised
at the Mid-America Museum snack shop.
A special thanks to NPTC instructors Lezley Cochran
and Jennifer Seward for their support of this event and
their High School Advertising & Design classes for their NPCC and the Susan G. Komen
creative t-shirt designs. And the winners were:
Arkansas Race for the Cure!
e R s!
Some of the NPCC Race for the Cure Team (l to r):
Jill Johnson, Ann Wilson, Sue Burris, Melba Lancaster,
and Holly Garrett are modeling the students’ shirt!
Above (l to r): Adan Morales designed a
special button and Leslie McCutchen
designed the front of the shirt. Carson Ward designed
the back of the shirt. 2
NPTC Assistant Director Receives
AACTEA Administrator of the Year Award
Jason Hudnell recently received the Arkansas Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (AACTEA) Administrator of the Year
Award. Jason currently serves as the assistant director and internship coordinator for the National Park Technology Center in Hot Springs. He has
been employed with National Park Technology Center for seven years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from
Ouachita Baptist University along with a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University.
Over the past several years Mr. Hudnell has been actively involved in several professional organizations including the Association for Career and
Technical Education (ACTE), National Association for Workforce Improvement (NAWI), and the Arkansas Association for Career and Technical
Education Administrators (AACTEA). Mr. Hudnell served as president and conference coordinator for NAWI. He is the president-elect for the
AACTEA. Mr. Hudnell has also served as the vice-president for his Leadership Hot Springs class.
He serves as the site director for the High Schools That Work/Technology Centers That Work initiative on the NPTC campus. Under Hudnell’s super-
vision, NPTC recently received the Gold Readiness Award. NPTC was the only career and technology center in the state of Arkansas, and one of only
four in the nation, to achieve this recognition.
Mr. Hudnell has presented at numerous conferences including the national and state ACTE conferences, the Arkansas Association of Education
Administrators (AAEA) summer conference, the AACTEA Fall Drive-In Conference, the national NAWI Conference, and numerous professional
development sessions on the NPTC campus.
“He is driven to succeed and his recruiting efforts have been the lynchpin that has helped NPTC witness record enrollment for the past several years.
He is an outstanding educator and administrator whose star is most definitely on the rise,” said David Hughes, Director of NPTC.
Jason Hudnell, Assistant Director, NPTC, and Dave
Spence, President of the Southern Regional Education
Board (SREB). Jason is receiving the Outstanding
Technology Centers that Work award.
New Pharmacy Technology Program at NPCC
The new Pharmacy Technology Program at National Park Community College began this fall. One of the
options is a 12-month technical certificate program that educates students through lecture, laboratory exer-
cises, and internship rotations. Graduates with this certificate may be employed in retail, hospital, or spe-
cialty pharmacy settings. Students are trained to work under the direction of pharmacists and perform
medication related tasks. A retail pharmacy tech prepares prescriptions, manages patient information via
computer software systems, and places orders for pharmacy inventory. A hospital pharmacy tech prepares
medications using unit-dose and intravenous (IV) methods, enters medication orders into computer system,
and assists with medication inventory processes throughout the hospital.
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Pharmacy Technology, a 24-month program, is a second op-
tion that educates students in the field of pharmacy and includes over 30 hours of general education and
health care support courses. Graduates with this degree may be employed in various pharmacy settings or
choose to continue their education with a 4-year institution in the field of their choosing (the accepted trans-
fer of NPCC credit hours varies by institution).
To apply for either of these programs an application may be picked up from the Nursing offices on the Lindsay Serbousek, Pharmacy
NPCC Campus located on the 2nd Floor of the Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences. Technology Program Coordinator
Or, an application may be requested and sent via email by contacting Lindsay Serbousek, Pharmacy
Technology Program Coordinator, by phone at (501)760.6416 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are being taken now and the deadline to apply is April 6th. There are no prerequisites.
NPCC Hospitality students visited the
Gangster Museum of America in Down-
town Hot Springs on Thursday, September
29th, compliments of Robert Raines, owner
and curator of the museum. This field trip
was one of the many tourist activities that
the students are introduced to as part of
their Introduction to Hospitality class.
NPCC Offers CareerLink Services
NPCC Career Services is introducing CareerLink services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. CareerLink is a virtual career center service from
the National Association of Colleges and Employers Simplicity system. This program helps users create resumes, cover letters, etc., as well as
network with employers both locally and nationally.
Announcements for employment opportunities, local career fairs, and on-campus employer visits will also be posted on CareerLink.
To check out this new service, look for the CareerLink tab on the NPCC website on the Career Services page. Go to NPCC.edu > Career Services
> CareerLink then click on http://npcc-csm.symplicity.com/students/
“What’s in the Bag” Fundraiser at NPCC
For Garland County Single Parent Scholarship Fund
A silent auction of handbags/purses, “What’s in the Bag,” benefiting the Garland
County Single Parent Scholarship Fund was held on the National Park Community
College campus on October 10-13.
Handbags/purses were donated from the following invited vendors: Blue Lili, Madi-
son's Closet, Sharon's, Snazzie's, Luxe, Annie's, Company's Comin', The Villa, Oh
Snap, Bella Regazza, Pink Avenue, Dillards, Mode 3131, Accessory Gallery, Ciao
Bella, The Edge, Hyp Boutique, Beverly's Casual, That's So You, Sa'voir, Merle Nor-
man, and Jeans & Java. In addition to providing some handbags for the auction, Dil-
lards also provided “goodies” to stuff in the handbags.
The Single Parent Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to single parents in Garland,
Hot Spring, and Saline counties who are working to further their education while car-
ing for their children. The GCSPSF Advisory Committee was able to provide 40
scholarships this semester. The number of scholarships available each semester is de-
termined by the amount of money obtained from fundraising events or donated funds.
“This was a great opportunity to show our support for the single parents in our com-
munity,” said Mihaela Emerson, NPCC Alumni & Special Events Coordinator.
New Director of Workforce Development at
National Park Community College
Kelli Albrecht is the new Director of Workforce Development at National Park Community
College. She and her family have recently relocated to Hot Springs from the Dallas/Ft. Worth
Metroplex, where they resided for 20 years.
She received her BBA in Management from Texas A&M – Texarkana and her MS in Manage-
ment from Texas A&M – Commerce. Ms. Albrecht also has her certification as a professional in
Human Resources through the Society of Human Resource Management.
Kelli brings 20 plus years of business and human resources experience, working in industries
such as education, healthcare, finance, and government.
Her career in education started over seven years ago as a corporate trainer for Collin County
Community College. She later accepted a full time program director position, working with
healthcare providers to develop and deliver a wide variety of workforce training and continuing
education programs in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Ms. Albrecht has spoken at a variety of regional and national conferences, including the HR
Southwest Human Resources Conference, the Future of Aging Conference, and the Women in
Kelli’s responsibilities at National Park Community College will include working on a variety
of existing workforce grants, developing new grants, and cultivating and continuing the col-
lege’s partnerships with industries throughout Garland County. She will also work closely with
the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council to encourage new businesses and industries to consider Garland County for
future expansion and as a destination for new businesses and opportunities.
“When I arrived, I was amazed at the diversity of industry Garland County has to offer. From aerospace to manufacturing, state of the art healthcare
to world class tourism, we have it all. National Park Community College not only has the capacity and breadth of knowledge to train the workers
needed today, but also the workforce of the future. I am thrilled with the opportunity to live in such a wonderful place and work at an incredible
college,” Albrecht said.
“In the short time Kelli has been here, she has already joined the West Central Arkansas Society of Resource Management, Arkansas State Chamber,
and is a current member of National Council for Continuing Education and Training. We are excited about the energy, experience, and expertise Kelli
has already contributed to National Park Community College,” stated Jill Johnson, Director of Community and Corporate Training.
Career Pathways at NPCC
The Arkansas Career Pathways Program was named one of the
ten best TANF Programs in the United States in September.
Arkansas Career Pathways Programs are located on 25 two-
year college campuses and serve approximately 7,196 students
throughout the state. Our Career pathways is part of this pro-
gram and is serving 301 NPCC students for the 2011-12
school year. The Career Pathways staff works daily to coordi-
nate publicly-funded education with social services, workforce
training, and economic development programs. The goal of
the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative is to improve educa-
tional and employment outcomes for low-income parents and
to end the dependency of needy parents on government bene-
fits by promoting job preparation and work. The average age
of NPCC Career Pathways participants is 32 years, with a
minimum age of 18 and a maximum age of 61 years. The staff
is proud to be part of the Arkansas Career Pathways Program
which benefits our community and the state. Thanks to the
many people who support the Career Pathways program on
our campus and in the community.
Pictured (l to r): Career Pathways staff - back row - Director Kathy Muse,
Chris Coble, Toni Knupps, LaTaschya Harris; front row - Marcah Johnson, Linda
Nooner, and Angela Anderson.
Habitat for Humanity and NPCC -
The NPCC Residential Carpentry class has built another Habitat for
Humanity house, their sixth completed house, that was recently dedi-
cated. Paul Scrivner, Residential Carpentry instructor, was honored to be
asked to hand the keys to the new owner at the dedication ceremony.
Four of the houses built by Paul’s classes have custom-built cabinetry...a
unique feature for these homes. And, as always, a job well done!
The NPCC Residential Carpentry class is currently working on house
NPCC Staff Member Elected President-Elect
to the Southwest College Bookstore
Todd Cragg, NPCC Campus Store Man-
ager, was elected as the president-elect to
the Southwest College Bookstore Associ-
ation Executive Board of Directors, and
also appointed as the Chair of Strategic
Planning and Marketing committees, at
their recent conference in Ft. Worth.
Todd previously served the Board of
Directors as the SWCBA Trustee for
Arkansas for the last four years and as facilitator for the Arkansas
Bookstores’ annual meeting. The SWCBA is comprised of college and
independent bookstores and vendors servicing Arkansas, Louisiana,
Pictured (l to r): Morris Cash; Larry Louden; Kelli Albrecht, NPCC Workforce
Director; Lisa Carey, NPCC Director of Development; Ken Johnson; Phil Ray,
NPCC aerospace instructor; and Ted Carrithers
The Ouachita Chapter of the Air Force Association Donates
Student Scholarship Funds to the NPCC Aerospace Program
The Ouachita Chapter of the Air Force Association has donated $1,200 to NPCC Workforce to use for aerospace student scholar-
ships. The scholarships will be awarded based on financial need to several students over the next four classes. “The scholarships are
greatly needed by our students, many of whom could not go to class without assistance,” stated Workforce Director Kelli Albrecht.
Lead instructor Phil Ray added, “The Air Force Association has provided scholarships in the past and is dedicated to aerospace edu-
cation.” Students who complete the class are encouraged to apply for positions at the aerospace companies located throughout
Making the presentation on behalf of The Ouachita Chapter of the Air Force Association were: Morris Cash, Larry Louden, Ken
Johnson, and Ted Carrithers.
National Park Community College Team Wins First Place at
the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges (AATYC)
The National Park Community College team won first place at the Arkansas Association of Two
Year Colleges (AATYC) Brain Bowl competition on October 17, 2011 in Hot Springs. The com-
petition is similar to “Quiz Bowl” competitions, with teams representing colleges from through-
out Arkansas. All team members are faculty at their respective colleges. The winning NPCC
team consisted of Richard Beason, Jason Hudnell, James Montgomery (team captain), and
Jennifer Seward, all instructors at the National Park Technology Center.
NPCC Hospitality Students Attend
Arkansas Hospitality Association’s
Annual Trade Show
Hospitality students pose with Lloyd Withrow, Duckmaster of the
Peabody Hotel, before attending the Arkansas Hospitality Association's
Annual Trade Show. The trade show, which was held September 14-15,
is a great networking opportunity for the students. The students were
able to visit booths of food distributors, tourist attractions, area cham-
bers, and hospitality-related businesses. They also attended short semi-
nars and watched the hospitality games and the Arkansas Iron Chef.
NPCC Continuing Education Hiking Class out for
their second day of class - a 1/2 day hike in Hot
Springs National Park on October 22nd!
New Pottery Instructor at NPCC
National Park Community College has a new pottery instructor. Margaret
Lola Warren has accepted the position of adjunct pottery instructor this
fall, upon the retirement of long-time instructor Jim Larkin. Ms. Warren
brings both professional and teaching experience in pottery, sculpture, and
ceramics to the position. She is an owner and artist of her own studio; is a
board member of the Arkansas Sculptors’ Guild in Hot Springs; has been a
gallery owner; visiting artist; guest lecturer; workshop presenter; and has
received national and international recognition for her work. Her exhibi-
tions are myriad and her gallery representation impressive.
Ms. Warren’s educational background includes an MFA in sculpture from
Academy Art University in San Francisco, CA and a BFA in Studio Art
from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She has also attended
workshops at prestigious art and craft centers including Penland School of
Crafts and Appalachian Center for the Crafts.
For more information regarding pottery classes, go to: npcc.edu or phone
NPCC Library Facts & Figures
New titles added in 2011: 1,064
Total collection: 53,939
Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-7:50 p.m.
Fri. - 7 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
NPCC Student of the Month for October
Tues., Nov. 22 Library will close at 6 pm l to r: Dr. Wade Derden, Chair of the Social Sciences
Division, and Jeanne Parrett. Ms. Parett is currently
working on a Criminal Justice Degree with the intent to
pursue a law enforcement degree. She was selected
as NPCC’s Student of the Month for October 2011.
NPCC Student and Faculty Art Show, Fall 2011
The National Park Community College Student and Faculty Art Show for Fall 2011 was installed
in the Fisher Building on campus on Friday, September 30th. The artwork will be on display until
Faculty members showing work in the exhibit are Ovita Goolsby, adjunct art faculty, and Marlene
Gremillion, an art instructor for NPCC Continuing Education.
The Landscape I and II students experienced plein air excursions this fall to Foothill Lane, Garvan
Woodland Gardens, Subiaco Abbey, and Colonel Wilson Trail.
Portrait classes will be held at the College in Spring 2012.
“The ability to be alone is an essential personality trait for a studio artist. Painting class gives me
and my students the social contact as well as artistic encouragement that we all need. They laugh
when I refer to Thursdays as ‘Artists’ Day Out’. We do work hard and there are goals for the stu-
dents to work on, but we also have fun and enjoy the creativity that is in abundance in the class-
room experience,” Ovita Goolsby said.
Students exhibiting are: Lidija Ilic, Pat Hearn, Alice Winburn, Chris Murphy, Anna Baker, Sonya
Cole, Stacy Denton, Mary Carr, Donna King, Charlotte Fowler, Sarah Johnson, Tina Taylor, Bill
Medford, Sarah Logan, Annie Wortsmith, Toni Connell, Doug Bunger, Steve Bunger, Pai Mros,
Bill Medford plein air painting
Jeremy Garrett, Hildegard Honold, and Candice Arnold. with the class at Foothill Lane.
David Hughes Finalist for ACTE’S Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced David Hughes of Hot Springs, Arkansas, as the Region IV ACTE Outstand-
ing Career and Technical Educator. Hughes is one of five finalists vying for the national title of 2012 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator,
which recognizes career and technical educators, other than full-time teachers, who have provided significant contributions to professional associa-
tions and career and technical education (CTE) programs for youth and/or adults in their fields, communities and/or states. The winner will be an-
nounced during the ACTE Friday General Session and Awards Program at ACTE’s Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri on November 18.
Since David Hughes, the administrator of the secondary career and technical center and supervisor of concurrent credit programming, started at
National Park Community College, enrollment in the CTE programs has increased from approximately 120 students during his first year to 450 stu-
dents this year.
Hughes has created remarkable links to the professional world, in which every student has the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certification
and credentials for further education. During his 18 years as an ACTE member, Hughes is active in the professional community. His leadership posi-
tions for ACTE, SkillsUSA and the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges exemplify his leadership and dedication to the profession of career
and technical education. Hughes stresses the value of rigorous technical instruction, a personalized learning environment, and providing learners the
opportunity to use skills in real-world applications.
A thankful student commented on his teaching, “Because of Mr. Hughes’s skills training on machinery, I was able to advance quicker in my field of
training while in the Air Force. Since the Air Force, I’ve been able to use the skills I’ve learned from National Park to help me become employed in
For more information on ACTE’s Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award, please visit www.acteonline.org.
The Sounds of Music at National Park Community College
When you walk through CR-100 and 200 on the NPCC campus you will probably hear the sounds of music ringing throughout the building. There is
a good reason for that; the music program has expanded. With the creation of the Associate of Arts (AA) Degree in the Music Field of Study, there
are simultaneous classes being offered in music throughout the day. There is a new piano lab in what was an old office inside CR-100. This new lab
affords music students and instructors an opportunity to work in small groups on keyboards which facilitates the learning process. Music Theory and
Ear Training/Sight Singing classes have been using it for hands-on-learning with the AA in Music students. Piano students can also use the lab for
practice time with headphones so as not to disturb classes in CR-100.
The coordinator of the music program at NPCC, Denice Edds, says, “I am excited that our numbers for this degree track have doubled from last fall
and welcome the ‘growing pains.’ Our students in the music program have made comments to me and their respective instructors about the influences
the music program has had for them.” She cites as examples:
“Music Appreciation is very important to me and I have embraced classical music; whereas before, I didn’t know that it even existed.”
“Being in the National Park Singers has allowed me to sing choral works by the great composers with orchestra, somthing that I have not
had the opportunity to do before. It has also taught me the value of the discipline it takes to be a musician and this has carried over into
my everyday life, including my other studies.”
“It was not until I started the AA in Music here that I began to understand the discipline it took to be a successful student.”
“Singing in the Soundwaves gave me more confidence when I am presenting in public.”
Adjunct music faculty in the Music Department are: Mrs. Lynn Payette, Organist/Choir Master at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; Dr. James Arthur
Smith, violinist; Dr. Ron Hall, Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church; Dr. Jackie Flowers, flutist; Mr. Steve Suter, trombon-
ist; Mrs. Shelley Martin, flutist; Mrs. Patricia Flesher, voice and piano; and Dr. Craig Hamilton, professor at OBU, Hot Springs Community Band.
Mrs. Edds has been teaching at NPCC since the fall of 1994 and is in her second year as coordinator of the music program at NPCC. She continues
to teach lecture classes in music, direct the Singers and Soundwaves, travel with the Soundwaves, recruit for the choral program, and recruit for the
entire music program as well. She oversees and finds new music adjuncts and searches for funding for the program. Mrs. Edds says that this program
has helped create more musical possibilities for students at NPCC and the community at large.
Mrs. Edds said, “I can envision National Park Community College having the premiere music program among two-year colleges throughout
our region. We feel that this has already happened with our choir and with the Soundwaves.”
What’s up with the Choral Program at NPCC?
The NPCC Singers:
• Dec. 12 - is the date for the annual Holiday in the Park sponsored by
National Park Community College at Horner Hall at 6:30 pm. Area school per-
forming groups will be featured and the admission is a non-perishable food item.
The NPCC Medical Professions students will be having food drives in the Hot
Springs area to collect items before the concert. Food items will be dispersed to
local charities. Last year there were over 900 in attendance with 200 young people
on stage to sing the finale. What a great way to ring in the holiday season!
The NPCC Soundwaves have the following upcoming performances:
• Dec. 4 - Soundwaves sing for the annual Hot Springs Village Rotary
Christmas Banquet at Diamante Country Club
• Dec. 7- Soundwaves sing for the National Park Rotary Luncheon at the
Arlington Hotel at noon.
• Dec. 9 - Soundwaves sing for the Hot Springs Village Men’s Garden Club
at Diamante Country Club.
• Dec. 12 - Soundwaves sing for Holiday in the Park at Horner Hall
at 6:30 pm
ON CAMPUS -
Memories and Gratitude!
Melony Ritter and Sue Burris
Veterans Day Ceremony sponsored by the
NPCC Student Government Association Melony Ritter and Ruben Flores
Community Resource Fair
hosted by the NPCC Career Pathways Program
Stephanie Liuzza with Community
Counseling Services, Inc. Tents and Food!