$8 million grant to get trails school going at Northwest Arkansas Community College
BENTONVILLE — Northwest Arkansas Community College has received an $8 million grant to establish a program that teaches bicycle trail building and maintenance.
Megan Bolinder, dean for workforce and economic development, announced the news at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday.
“It became clear to us that if we were to be the mountain biking capital of the world, we needed a sustainable trails training program,” Bolinder said. “We need to be able to build and maintain the trails that are making this region so remarkable.”
The three-year, $8 million grant comes from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, which also provided money two years ago for the college to set up a bicycle assembly and repair technician program.
Some of the grant money will go toward renovating the college’s former physical plant building into a trails laboratory. The goal is to have the program up and running by the fall 2024 semester, Bolinder said.