More than 200 have graduated through Upskill NWA, which trains nurses needed in area

More than 200 have graduated through project

Student Anna Claire Crites of Fayetteville listens Friday during a surgery tech class at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale. Crites is one of several participants in the Upskill NWA program, which gives students opportunities for education and other support to connect to higher-paying and in-demand health care careers through a partnership with the technical institute. Visit for todays photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Andy Shupe)

SPRINGDALE -- Jonathan Gonzalez learns something new every day as he pursues a nursing diploma from Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Upskill NWA, a project of the Excellerate Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, provided Gonzalez the opportunity.