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View Brightwater's news stories to learn more about the culinary school's impact on students and the community. 

Brightwater Hosts Fort Smith Teachers for Nutrition Education

July 22, 2021

Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food hosted Fort Smith public school kindergarten and first grade teachers about food, nutrition and how to create curriculum that combines healthy nutrition with STEAM elements.

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Brightwater Students Make Valentine Treats for Hope Cancer Resources and Highlands Oncology Group

February 05, 2021

Chef Aria Kagan's Events Catering class plans, preps and packages Valentine's treats for Hope Cancer Resources and Highlands Oncology Group.

Brightwater Receives $1.8 Million Grant

December 07, 2020

Brightwater received a $1.8 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to support new programs, increase professional development opportunities and provide a safe educational environment.

Brightwater to Feature Local Chefs at Food Truck in Springdale

September 17, 2020

Brightwater is partnering with Downtown Springdale to feature rotating guest chefs at Brightwater's food truck in the city’s Outdoor Dining District. View KNWA news story to learn more.

Brightwater Hosts Drive-By Spring 2020 Graduation

August 27, 2020

Brightwater hosted a drive-by graduation ceremony for spring 2020 graduates. Instructors gave graduates white chefs coats and a goodie bag made by the Events Catering class.

Brightwater Prepares for Culinary Instructions Amid Pandemic

July 29, 2020

Brightwater: the Center for the Study of Food at Northwest Arkansas Community College is preparing to teach culinary skills during the pandemic. Brightwater students will master their skills in the kitchen while staying safe. View the KNWA news story.

Brightwater Prepares Thousands of Meals for Hospital Workers

June 11, 2020

Staff at a local culinary school doing their part to feed hundreds of frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Brightwater’s NWA Medical Meal Fund started in March, since then nearly 40,000 meals have been prepared from this kitchen.

Brightwater Brings in New Executive Director from Chicago

September 06, 2019

Brightwater's new executive director, Marshall Shafkowitz, will be on campus by the end of the month. Marshall is coming to one of the newest culinary programs in the country from the oldest. Listen to KUAF National Public Radio's interview to learn more.

Marshall Shafkowitz Named Brightwater Executive Director

August 15, 2019

Marshall Shafkowitz has been named the new executive director of Brightwater at NWACC. Marshall was previously the executive dean of Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute at Kennedy King College in Chicago, Illinois.