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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. They do this through four distinct divisions. These divisions provide a comprehensive system of education and workforce programs and services to accomplish the following:

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

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

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

- 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;

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

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


Invested In Workforce Training


Classrooms Supported With Certification & Instruction


Adults Equipped With Education & Training


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



Board Members Elect New Officers

LITTLE ROCK – The Career Education and Workforce Development Board elected new officers at its July 12th meeting. Hugh McDonald of Little Rock will serve as Chair and Gina Radke of North Little Rock will serve as Vice Chair. McDonald and Radke will each serve a one year term. ....

Maryanne Caldwell, Rachel Travolta, Alan McClain, Joey Travolta, Amy Jones, Carl Daughtery, and Dana Byrum

Joey Travolta Leads Students with Disabilities in Film Camp

BENTONVILLE - Movie director and producer Joey Travolta, who is the older brother of Oscar-winning actor John Travolta, took a break from the bright lights of Hollywood to spend some time in northwest Arkansas. But he did not take a break from filmmaking. ....

Sandon Williams

Williams Elected to National Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA-PBL) Board

Sandon Williams, the Business and Marketing Technology Program Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Career Education, has been elected to the National Board of Directors for Future Business Leaders of America....