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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:

  • 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.

$3500000

Invested In Workforce Training

104677

Classrooms Supported With Certification & Instruction

25610

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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