Vocational Education/Training

Arkansas Career Development Center: Vocational Training

Train for positions needed by Arkansas employers in as little as 3 to 8 weeks!
Tuition paid for qualified applicants!

Arkansas Career Development Center partners with employers and other State agencies to ensure skills learned are skills needed by the industry. Training offers small blended class sizes. Soft skills training, specific to the field of study, is provided in both online and hands-on instruction from caring instructors experienced in working with job seekers who have disabilities. Attain industry-recognized credentials or certificates to stand out from competitors with the opportunity to be recommended for an internship or paid apprenticeship. Arkansas Career Development Center provides an ideal start to the future. Training is the first step toward a satisfying work experience and advancement opportunities.

Students will be responsible for their own transportation. Arkansas Career Development Center offers a Driver's Education course.

For more information, call Admissions at 501-701-6353
or Email: [email protected]

Automotive Technology

Course Summary:

Automotive IStudents will focus on safety and routine maintenance items, tire repair, oil and filter service, belts, hoses, and the like. This course has been designed to allow students to enter the automotive workplace quickly and build skills on the job.

The instructor may recommend a student for an internship or a four-year, paid apprenticeship based on the student's basic skill ability, work ethic and availability of internship/apprenticeship.

Automotive II - Student will focus on maintenance and light repair in brake suspension, engine performance, steering and auto electronics. Student will prepare for an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) exam. Student must take Automotive Maintenance I in order to enroll in Automotive Maintenance II.

Employment Opportunities:

Quick oil change specialty shops, tire stores, service stations, mass merchandisers, fleet operators, automotive parts counter person at dealerships, independent part business and manufacturing companies.

Recommended for Success:

6th grade reading and math level

Must Have Upon Enrollment:

Valid driver's license
Ability to walk, stoop, twist, bend, pull, push and climb
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Good eye-hand coordination
Severe asthma or seizures will need medical clearance

Program Length:

Adult Students: 2 weeks online and 6 weeks on-site, Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
High School Students: 1/4 Term Semester, Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on-site

Additional Certification Included in Course:

OSHA 10-hour safety
(depending on minimum students required for participation)

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Course Summary:

Provides students with the practical application of basic care skills and the required theory training for nursing assistants per the rules and regulations of the Office of Long Term Care (OLTC) of Arkansas. Students will learn to competently and safely provide basic nursing assistant care, maintain their patient's highest level of functioning, maintain the patient's "Resident Rights", report signs and symptoms of abuse and follow the patient's individualized plan of care.

Employment Opportunities:

Nursing homes, hospitals, home health, private duty, and outpatient facilities.

Recommendations for Success:

6th grade reading and math level
Driver's license

Must Have Upon Enrollment:

Able to stand/walk for long periods of time
Able to stoop, bend, twist, push and pull
Able to lift a minimum of 25-50 pounds
Limited physical impairment

For State Licensure:

Must have TB skin test
Pass federal/state background test
Pass drug test

(Note: State licensure test is taken after completion of program)

Program Length:

Instructor led, on-site or online class.
All students will need to be on-site for 2 skills days plus 16 hours of clinical.
Adult Students: Choice of 7 week or 4 week accelerated course, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
High School Students: 1/4 Term Semester, Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. or 1 hour class Mon.-Thurs. (21 weeks). Time determined with high school.

The CNA program does not offer the OSHA 10-hour safety course.

Construction

Course Summary:

Construction I - Students will learn safety, basic skills and techniques used in carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, and other building trades. Students will also prepare for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER Core) exam. The exam tests over both theory and hands-on performance skills.

The instructor may recommend a student for an internship or a four year, paid apprenticeship based on the student's basic skill ability, work ethic and availability of internship/apprenticeship.

Recommendations for Success in Construction I:

6th grade reading and math level
Ability to read a ruler

Employment Opportunities with Construction I:

Construction firms, home repair, maintenance worker in various companies, hardware stores, carpenter's helper, and painting contractors.

Construction II - Student choice of focus: HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) where students will prepare to take the EPA certification exam. The other focus choices: Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Electrical or Plumbing. Students must complete Construction I prior to enrolling in Construction II.

Recommendations for Success in Construction II:

HVAC - 9th grade reading and math level
Other Construction II areas - 6th grade reading and math level

Employment Opportunities with Construction II:

Apprentice carpentry, apprentice cabinet making, apprentice electrician, or apprentice plumbing. HVAC training can lead to work in any heating and air company or business. 

Must Have Upon Enrollment:

Valid driver's license
Ability to walk, stoop, twist, bend, pull, push and climb
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Good eye-hand coordination
Ability to work in harsh or dusty environments
Severe asthma or seizure needs medical clearance (Severe asthma or seizure not recommended for HVAC)

Program Length:

Adult Students: 2 weeks online, 6 weeks on-site Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
High School Students: 1/4 Term Semester, Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on-site

Additional Certification Included in Course:

OSHA 10-hour safety
(depending on minimum students required for participation)

Culinary Arts

Course Summary:

This course is designed to train students as food service workers. Students will receive training in safety, sanitation and personal hygiene; food preparation and cooking skills; use of common kitchen equipment; standardized recipes and ingredients; serving and holding food; dishwashing and sanitizing and maintaining a dining room. Students will study for up to four ServSafe Certifications (ServSafe Food Handler, ServSafe Allergen, ServSafe Alcohol Safety (for those 18+ years) and ServSafe Food Protection Manager. Included will be three ServSafe certificates for COVID-19 safety (Reopening, Carryout and Delivery).

Health Standards and Hygiene:

According to state and county health department regulations, at least one employee in every food establishment must be trained in food protection and safety.

Employment Opportunities:

Cafeterias, hospitals, restaurants or other food service facilities.

Recommendations for Success:

6th grad reading and math level
Driver's license

Must Have Upon Enrollments:

Good personal hygiene habits
Good eye-hand coordination
Ability to stand for a minimum of 4 hours
Ability to walk, stoop, twist, bend, pull and push
Ability to life up to 50 pounds

Program Length:

Adult Students: 4 weeks online, 4 weeks on-site, Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
High School Students: 1/4 Term Semester, Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on-site

Additional Certifications Included in Course:

OSHA 10-hour safety; First Aid/CPR
(depending on minimum students required for participation 

Welding

Course Summary:

Welding I - GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding). Also known as MIG welding. Students prepare for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER Core) exam. The exam tests over both theory and hands-on performance skills

The instructor may recommend a student for a four year, paid apprenticeship based on the student's basic skill ability, work ethic and availability of apprenticeship.

Welding II - SMAW (Shield and Metal Arc Welding). Also known as Stick Welding. Students must take Welding I prior to enrolling in Welding II.

Employment Opportunities

General repair shops, service-related industries, and construction firms; opportunities for assembly-line welding may be found in manufacturing settings. Apprenticeships may be available.

Recommendation for Success:

6th grade reading and math level

Must Have Upon Enrollment:

Valid driver's license
Ability to stand for a minimum of 6 hours
Ability to walk, stoop, twist, bend, pull, push and climb
Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
Good eye-hand coordination
Ability to work in harsh or dusty environments
Severe asthma or seizures not recommended for this field

Program Length:

Adult Students: 2 weeks online, 6 weeks on-site Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
High School Students: 1/4 Term Semester, Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on-site

Additional Certification Included in Course:

OSHA 10-hour safety
(depending on minimum students required for participation)