College Training Center Makes Debut

Posted: February 7, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Jim Lay, Executive Director of Facilities and Construction Managemant at Northwest Arkansas Community College, right, explains to NWACC Foundation board member Mike Luttrell how the mock home training area can be easily reconfigured to represent a variety of scenarios during an open house to celebrate the opening of the Melba Shewmaker National Child Protection Training Center at the Northwest Arakansas Community College campus in Bentonville on Thursday February 6, 2014.

Melba Shewmaker decided recently to part with a favorite bronze sculpture that features two children playing with a tortoise.

Fast Facts

Child Abuse

• Each year about 1 million children are confirmed victims of abuse and neglect.

• A 2000 Child Welfare League of America study shows the average turnover among child protection professionals is 40 percent for workers and 28 percent for supervisors, though there are agencies documenting turnover rates as high as 80 to 85 percent. The turnover rates indicate many service organizations don't have an experienced investigative team because of burnout.

• The Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services responded to almost 28,000 reports of child maltreatment last fiscal year.

• The National Child Protection Training Center (Winona State Center, Speaker’s Bureau and the Bentonville center) has trained more than 70,000 professionals in all 50 states and 17 countries.

Source: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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