Office of Skills Development

The Office of Skills Development is a Division of the Department of Commerce
Office of Skills Development
Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Act 892, which created the Office of Skills Development (OSD), during the 2015 Legislative Session. A division within the Department of Commerce, this office is responsible for aligning career and technical education programs with the skills needed by business and industry.

Investing in training to maintain and increase the competitiveness of Arkansas’s workforce. 

Additional Skills Development Grants information


There are 117 U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs providing education and structured, on-the-job training to over  6000 apprentices, primarily professionals requiring certifications and licenses, such as plumbers and electricians.

More information on Apprenticeship Programs


Secondary technical centers are designed to provide career and technical education programs too costly for the local high schools to offer. These centers are typically sponsored by high schools, postsecondary technical institutes, postsecondary institutions, or an education service cooperative.

Click here for a complete list of Secondary Technical Centers

Various secondary center reports must be submitted to the Office of Skills Development periodically throughout the year.  Please refer to the Important Secondary Center Dates document for specific submission instructions.

Review Secondary Center information and forms