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Jefferson County, Arkansas
The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services has a new Assistant Director. Eddie Thomas previously served as Workforce Development Director at the Southeast Arkansas Planning and Development District in Pine Bluff. Thomas is set to lead the Employment Assistance Unit, which governs statewide WIOA programming and local workforce board activities. Under Eddie's leadership, all ten southeast counties are now participating in Work Ready Communities.
Delta Regional Authority announce awards for the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative to support workforce training and education in rural communities. ACT congratulates the grantees in their awards and applauds their innovative solutions.
- Southeast Arkansas College, $130k: Establish certificate program for Supply Chain Technology; train 45 workers
- Restore Hope, Little Rock, AR, $130k: Recovery-to-Work program in metal fabrication sector for individuals affected by substance abuse disorder; 16 workers
- Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation, Portageville, MO, $150k: Agri-biz work-based learning; train 50 workers
- Missouri State University, West Plains, MO, $95k: Robotics training; 50-75 workers
- ProGeny Place, Memphis, TN, $102k: Food-based manufacturing and distribution certificates for victims of domestic violence; 20 workers
- Rural Health Association, Decaturville, TN, $149k: Pre-apprenticeships for nuring aids and assistants; 500 workers
- theCO, Jackson, TN, $77k: Dev Catalyst Alumni Program in computer science, web development, and data management; 1,800 workers
- Griot Arts, Clarksdale, MS, $127k: Internship-to-Job Pipeline; 35 workers
- Research Park Corporation, Baton Rouge, LA, $150k: Expands Apprenti Louisiana to 57 parishes; 48 workers
- Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA, $150k: Boost cybersecurity knowledge to re-employ workers displaced in cybersecurity/cyberdefense
- University of Holy Cross/Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA, $150k: Bachelor degree completion in Culinology; 10 workers
See video on announcement.
Alliance President Lou Ann Nisbett continues - -with almost crusade-like zeal — her efforts to publicize the importance of Jefferson County’s attaining certification as an ACT® Work Ready Community
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Three counties in Arkansas-- Grant, Arkansas, and Jefferson are launching efforts to become certified ACT work ready communities.
This initiative is designed to assist these counties in developing its workforce in hopes of giving their communities an economic advantage.