​​In 1996, a group of Human Resource Managers from industries in Northwest Arkansas collectively asked, “How do you raise the skill level of our workforce?”

Collectively, they pooled their resources and created Northwest Arkansas Industries for Education, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) consortium of area businesses and industries, with the purpose of creating customized, skill-based training that are designed to suit a wide range of manufacturing needs. 

In the last quarter of 2015, Northwest Arkansas Industries for Education became NWTI Business and Industry and offers short term industry certifications to meet the training needs in Northwest Arkansas and across the nation. This vision has now become a reality. Now, nationally recognized as a unique, hands-on industrial-technical training center, NWTI Business and Industry delivers specialized, high-tech skills training.