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Vocational Training for Marine Repair Technician at Hot Springs Arkansas

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Established in 2003 after a merger of two former colleges - Garland County Community College and Quapaw Technical Institute (established in 1973 and 1969 respectively), National Park College - NPC (formerly National Park Community College) is a two-year institution of higher learning and the fourth largest community college in Arkansas. National Park College is located in Hot Springs AR, a resort community of over 50,000 approximately 45 minutes southwest of Little Rock.

National Park College averages approximately 4,000 credit students per semester enrolled in college courses blending liberal arts with occupational education to prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.

Over 2,000 students a year also enroll in a wide range of non-credit and continuing education services provided by the Community Services/Continuing Education Program.

The Technical & Professional Division offers coursework designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation. The programs are structured in traditional face to face classes with hands-on learning specific to the curriculum.

NPC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The college divisions also have separate accreditation from various agencies for their individual programs.

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Training Programs

Marine Technical Certificate



  • Technical Certificate (TC) in Marine Repair Technology: The program covers all facets of the marine repair industry including engine repair and service, fiberglass and off-season boat maintenance. The Marine Technology program is the only one of its kind in the state of Arkansas and one of a handful in the United States. The Marine Repair Program prepares you for an entry level technician position in the marine industry.  Job opportunities range from entry level technician, technician, parts manager, service writer, and boat detailer.
  • Job Opportunities: The Marine Repair Program prepares you for an entry level technician position in the marine industry. Job opportunities range from entry level technician, technician, parts manager, service writer, and boat detailer. Opportunities are available in the repair and service field with national and local dealerships, dealership management, marine sales or as an independent service provider. Most marine repair shops have a friendly environment that promotes specialized education at factory training facilities.
  • The TC in Marine Repair Technology is a 38 credit hour program of study.
  • The Marine Technology program is the only one of its kind in the state of Arkansas and only one of a handful in the country.

LAST UPDATED ON Jul 27, 2019