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Office of Skills Development

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Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and Adult Education, under the Division of Workforce Services, and the Office of Skills Development Division, under the Department of Commerce, are focused on delivering industry-focused, demand-driven education and training.

Our mission is to prepare a job-ready, career-bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers. We provide a comprehensive system of education and workforce programs and services to accomplish the following:

  • provide both youth and adults the necessary academic and technical skills for meaningful jobs;
  • work with business and industry to identify and provide grants for workforce training needs;
  • offer Arkansans of all ages the options to pursue a wide range of career choices;
  • 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;
  • assist individuals with disabilities in becoming productive citizens and workers; and
  • 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


Adults With Disabilities 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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Government Transformation Brings Changes to Agency

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s plan to reduce the size and redundancies of state government, taking effect July 1, 2019, will affect the administrative structure of the Department of Career Education....

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Arkansas Career Training Institute Converting To Non-Residential Model

​HOT SPRINGS – Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) announced today that the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) in Hot Springs is converting to a non-residential model to better serve Arkansans with disabilities. ....

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Top 25 Arkansas GED® Earners Recognized at the Capitol

LITTLE ROCK - From immigrants to inmates, teenagers who have yet to start a career to those in midlife or mid-career, GED® high school equivalency test highest scorers celebrated at the State’s Capitol ....