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WHO ARE WE?

All divisions within the Arkansas Department of Career Education are focused on delivering industry-focused, demand-driven education and training.

The Arkansas Department of Career Education's mission is to prepare a job-ready, career bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers. We do this through four distinct divisions. These divisions provide a comprehensive system of education and workforce programs and services to accomplish the following:

Black-Check  to provide both youth and adults the necessary academic and technical skills for meaningful jobs;

Lt-Blue-Check  to work with business and industry to identify and provide grants for workforce training needs;

Red-Check  to offer Arkansans of all ages the options to pursue a wide range of career choices;

Dk-Blue-Check  to ensure that workers have the foundation for lifelong learning that will allow them to enhance their existing
        skills and also to learn new skills in response to the current and future demands of a rapidly changing workplace;

Green-Check  to assist individuals with disabilities in becoming productive citizens and workers; and

Gold-Check  to supply employers with validation of skills through national certifications and licenses.

$3500000

Invested In Workforce Training

104677

Classrooms Supported With Certification & Instruction

26301

Adults Equipped With Education & Training

15514

Disabled Adults Empowered With Skills & Employment

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

"Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide; they build self-confidence and leadership skills by allowing students to utilize their unique gifts and talents." - Conrad Burns

"Industry coordinated, demand-driven programs and industry recognized certifications will better prepare students and clients for employment." - Charisse Childers, Ph.D.

“There is no them. Once you see a person with a disability as you, not them, other things fade away. You might still see the differences but those are minor compared to how we are alike.” - Randy Lewis

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State Fair

FFA Connects Generations at The Arkansas State Fair

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas State Fair is an excellent place for families to have fun and make memories together. For 16-year-old Whitney Walker and her family, special memories were made at this year’s State Fair. Whitney, a ....

Film Premiere

Red Carpet Rolled Out for Student Filmmakers

BENTONVILLE - A red carpet event worthy of Hollywood took place in northwest Arkansas on Oct. 5. It was the Premiere Event of three short films by Arkansas. high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. The films were shot as part of Joey ....

Employment

Arkansas Ranked #1 in Disability Employment by U.S. News & World Report

LITTLE ROCK – U.S. News & World Report has identified Arkansas as the top state for people with disabilities to become employed. The publication compiled the ranking by calculating the ratio of people in the workforce ....