A ceremony was held Wednesday April 13 in Springdale marking a partnership between the Don Tyson School of Innovation, NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC), and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
School officials joined together at the ceremonial signing of an articulation agreement between the three schools which allows high school students to take college courses through NWACC and earn course credits that can result in a direct pathway to sophomore year equivalency at the university. The agreement is the first ever of its kind for the Springdale School District.
The Don Tyson School of Innovation is an open enrollment public conversion charter school within the Springdale Public Schools District offering on-site, blended and full virtual options to students. Don Tyson is a technology-rich STEAM School that embraces flexible and blended learning opportunities and focuses on accelerated learning which creates college and career opportunities for students in a competency based education model.
“We’re always in the business of forging new relationships and pathways to excellence for our students,” said a Don Tyson School representative in a social media post following the event. “Today was a beautiful celebration of our community’s dedication to student success.”
Those attending the event included Don Tyson School of Innovation Principal Kelly Boortz, NWACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson, NWACC Dean of Business and Computer Information Dr. Christine Davis, and University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. Charles Robinson.
Pictured from L to R: Dr. C. Robinson (U of A), Kelly Boortz (DTSOI), Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson (NWACC)
Photos and commentary courtesy of the official Don Tyson School of Innovation Facebook page