Adult Education

Learn More

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Learn More

Career and Technical Education

Learn More

Office of Skills Development

Learn more


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:

  • 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


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


OSD Competition

Arkansas Represented at National Championship

MONTICELLO - Students from Monticello placed 12th in the nation during the 2018 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Dual National Championship at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas. ....

Charnette Freeman

Project SEARCH® Graduate Gives Back To Community Through Work

FORREST CITY - Charnette Freeman said she loves going to work every day and the children she works with love having her there as well. Freeman applied for Project SEARCH® Arkansas in the fall of 2015. Project....


Arkansas Team Places First at JAG National Leadership Academy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The student-led team from Parkview High School placed first in the nation in the Project-Based Learning Showcase Competition during the Jobs for Americas Graduates (JAG) National ....