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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. 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.


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


2017 NDEAM

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October to....


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 ....


Crossett, Watson Chapel School Districts to Begin JAG Programs

LITTLE ROCK – Entergy Arkansas has provided Jobs for Arkansas Graduates, which is the state affiliate of the national organization Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), with $50,000 to start new programs at Crossett High School and Watson Chapel High School and $25,000 to pay for student conferences ....