Working for Arkansas: Preparing Arkansans for jobs and economic opportunity

February 2013 ENGAGE Magazine


In this edition, we're taking a look at programs and strategies to build a strong workforce, increase college retention and prepare individuals for careers.

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Stories Inside:

Training for More Than a Job
"Bill” celebrated his 20th year working for Kroger and bought a condo. “Martha” made company history when she was promoted to supervisor. “Marie” beamed during formal remarks at a banquet about the self-worth she gained from her job at Chick-fil-A. Bill, Martha and Marie all have disabilities, so these events are more remarkable than you might first think. What’s more, their success stories were fueled by the job training opportunities specifically designed to help people with disabilities live more independent, productive and satisfying lives. 

Arkansans Build Partnerships to Prepare Workforce for Today's Economy
In a special guest column, Governor Mike Beebe shares his thoughts on workforce development, higher education and how communities can work together. 

A Second Chance for Job Success
For Arkansans who have been incarcerated, the clock starts ticking the moment they leave prison. On top of immediate needs like food, shelter and transportation, many must also begin paying court-mandated fines and penalties. Without a steady source of income, their odds of re-offending and returning to prison increase. It’s a catch-22: finding a job is critical to staying out of prison, but having been previously incarcerated makes it tough to find a job.That’s the challenge a new initiative from Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is working to solve. 

Five Steps to College Retention
To find out how schools and communities can boost retention and help students attain degrees, we sought input from several sources.Dr. Steven Murray, chancellor of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA), explained some of the steps that helped PCCUA double its three-year graduation ratein recent years. Dr. Carol Compas, program director of Arkansas Partners in Long-Term Care, and Lisa Ferrell, discretionary grant program manager for the Arkansas Department of WorkforceServices, explained some of the measures being taken by a coalition working to address a projected shortage of highly trained nurses in Arkansas.

How can employers and educators work together to build workforce readiness?
Viewpoints from Nicholas A. Brown, president & CEO of Southwest Power Pool, Inc., and Sally Carder, president of National Park Community College.

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