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A Center for the Study of Food
Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food was conceived to be more than a typical culinary school. As an academic department of NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC), Brightwater offers uniquely holistic programming with academic and career training in the areas of culinary nutrition, artisanal food, beverage management and food entrepreneurship.
Brightwater breaks the mold by focusing on the larger food system, culinary skills, wellness, and strengthening local food networks to change the paradigm of culinary education. Assembling a core group of chef instructors and culinary masters, the school's Artisanal Arts, Beverage Arts, Baking & Pastry and Culinary Arts programs teach and inspire students, industry professionals, and the general public in an innovative educational setting.
Brightwater provides world-class training for individuals, students and professionals at any point on their journey into the world of food.
About Brightwater's ProgramsBrightwater approaches food as art, food as wellness and food as business to offer an entirely unique approach to the culinary arts. The school offers degree paths in artisanal foods, culinary arts, pastry and baking, and beverage arts as well as courses that focus on culinary nutrition, food waste reduction and food security. Special classes in applied farming, seasonal cooking and the art of fermentation are among the many one-of-a-kind classes at Brightwater.
Affordable Culinary EducationAn education is vital to cultivating your future within the culinary or hospitality industry. Brightwater, a department of NWACC, offers affordable tuition along with scholarships and financial aid options that help make training for the industry you love attainable.
Resources and ServicesAs a Brightwater student, you have access to all of NWACC's resources and services that can help you be successful in your culinary courses and reach your educational goals. Access quick links to My NWACC, Canvas, email, advising, academic calendar, orientation, graduation and more.
Brightwater's goal is to keep you safe and healthy without compromising your academic experience. Learn more about Brightwater's response to COVID-19 and safety measures in place throughout the building and in the classroom.