The Central Arkansas Workforce Development Area shares the Governor’s vision for Economic Development and the State’s Strategic Plan that defines a stronger partnership between economic development, education, and the state workforce investment system to attract, retain and grow Arkansas’ high growth industries and encourage the development of regional economies. We are equipped with the resource and staffing needed to provide workforce development activities throughout the region. The region has benefited significantly from the State Workforce Board’s continued strides for improvement and innovation. Our capacity is further amplified by it’s broad array of partners, both who co-locate in the workforce centers and those that do not. We can link you to a wide variety of additional services like the ones listed below.
ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER) staff, develop increased hiring opportunities within the local work force by raising the awareness of employers of the availability and the benefit of hiring veterans.
Unemployment Insurance provides partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Arkansas’s eligibility requirements.
SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Arkansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services (ARS) helps individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Services are individualized to meet the specific needs of each participant.
LIST OF PARTNERS
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) creates new opportunities for partnership across multiple programs to better serve job seekers and employers through the Central Arkansas Region. We are able to provide job seekers and workers with the high-quality career services, education and training, and supportive services they need to get good jobs and stay employed, and to help businesses find skilled workers and access other supports, including education and training for our current workforce.
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CAREER EDUCATION
General adult education is instruction for adults functioning between ninth- and 12th-grade levels. The purpose of these classes is to assist individuals in improving their educational skills, preparing for the General Educational Development (GED®) Tests, or preparing for post-secondary standardized entrance exams.
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Public health is everything the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) does to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans – more than 100 services provided statewide by public health professionals to assure that your water is safe, your children have their immunizations, your restaurants are safe and your birth certificate is correct – to name just a few.
ARKANSAS DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES
The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services contains several programs that are specialized for meeting the needs of job seekers, employers, and the general public. These programs are: Career Readiness Certification, Governor’s Dislocated Workers Task Force, Migrant Farm Labor Center, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Unemployment Services, and Veteran Services.
ARKANSAS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
“Human Development” is the centerpiece of everything we do at AHDC. Collaboration is one of their primary strategies, and they have been blessed with dependable partners who help them leverage resources to better serve people.
ARKANSAS JOB CORP
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
ARKANSAS REHABILITATION SERVICES
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) provides a variety of training and career preparation programs. Services include career and technical education and training, transition from school to work or post secondary education, on-the-job training, and ancillary support services that clients may need for successful employment.
CareLink exists to provide information and resources to meet the needs of home-bound and active older people and their family caregivers. They help home-bound older people who are struggling to find the services they need to stay in their own home.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Central Arkansas Development Council is a private nonprofit community action agency. They provide a hand-up, promoting self-help in our neighborhoods and for our families. More than 22,000 people have joined with CADC in achieving a shared vision of success.
COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT
The Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement has partnered with the Arkansas Workforce Centers, and others who provide services to help the noncustodial parent with skills assessment tools and job search assistance.
COMMUNITY SERVICE, INC
Community Service provides quality care through their professionals specializing in psychiatry, social work, behavioral health, and more. Their programs are provided to anyone from birth to 18 years of age without regard to their ability to pay. They would be honored to help you or a member of your family.
DIVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
The Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind is dedicated to the independence of Arkansans who are blind or visually impaired and is committed to the principle that these individuals have the right to make informed choices.
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER
The TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program that assists adults of ages 19 and above and U.S. veterans to enroll in and complete a post-secondary education program. All services are provided free of charge to participants who meet the eligibility requirements.
Are you over 55, unemployed, low income and looking for a job? If so Experience Works might be able to assist you. Through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), eligible individuals participate in paid community service assignments at local public and nonprofit organizations.
FAULKNER COUNTY JUVENILE COURT
The mission of their interventions is to provide court-involved youth increased caring intervention to prevent future court involvement and to encourage positive appropriate behaviors that will further help those young people contribute to society on into adulthood.
SHORTER COLLEGE ALUMNI
Shorter College's open enrollment policy makes obtaining an associate's level degree possible for any person having earned a high school diploma or GED completion from an accredited agency.
WAGE™ is a job readiness training program conducted through the Adult Education Division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education. WAGE™ includes 112 basic skills competencies based on the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) which have been determined as essential by the nation’s and Arkansas’ employers.
WOMEN'S SHELTER OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
The Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas provides assistance to those battered and abused individuals. They help relocated those individuals to a safe place. They also run a Crisis hotline for people to call with counselors to speak with anyone in need.
AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER OF ARKANSAS
The American Indian Center of Arkansas is a non-profit organization formed in 1977. The AICA is a funded organization through the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (Section 166). This means that their main focus is to provide workforce development and training programs for American Indians in the state of Arkansas.