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Youth Program

Our Youth program can help both in-school and out-of-school youth, and our targeted occupational and industry approach ensures you have the opportunity to receive training for an in-demand industry right here in Central Arkansas. The Youth Program is intended to prepare Arkansas' youth for postsecondary education, training, or employment upon completion of their secondary education.

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Adult Program

Do you want to learn a new skill? Need assistance determining which career path is best for you? Our Career Counselors are here to help you along your new journey. The Adult Program's goal is to help people find long-term jobs in in-demand industries. This service is available based on eligible funding and service priority.

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Dislocated Worker Program

Have you recently been laid off or dismissed from your job? The Dislocated Worker program can help you get back into the workforce with the skills you need to be successful in your future employment endeavors. The WIOA Dislocated Worker program provides employment and training services to eligible workers who are out of work due to no fault of their own or who have been given an official layoff notice.

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National Dislocated Worker Grants

National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs), formerly known as National Emergency Grants (NEGs), are discretionary grants made available by the Secretary of Labor under WIOA Section 170. DWGs help states and other eligible applicants respond to large, unexpected layoff events that result in significant job losses.

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

We would like to express our gratitude for your interest in our workforce initiatives. The information on this page will give you a general idea of our programs as well as the specifics you need to know about the tools and resources that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes available to you. These tools and resources will help you better position yourself to find the kind of job that will be best for you and your future. WIOA promotes alignment of workforce development programs with regional economic development strategies to meet the needs of local and regional employers. ​WIOA also authorizes programs for specific vulnerable populations, including the Job Corps, YouthBuild, Indian and Native Americans, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs as well as evaluation and multistate projects administered by the Department of Labor and replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.​

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Educational & Occupational Training Opportunities 


The Central Arkansas Workforce Development Board embraced sector strategies in 2016 by aligning training programs to in-demand industry sectors within the region. This ensures clients are training for applicable career paths and that businesses have a steady talent pipeline. The Central Arkansas Workforce Development Board will continue to evaluate the list of eligible training providers to ensure we are meeting the needs of businesses in Central Arkansas and to ensure clients are training for quality jobs.

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