AR SB 522: To Create A Comprehensive Statewide Workforce Development System; To Coordinate Various Workforce Programs; To Amend the Duties of the Career Education and Workforce Development Board; and to Declare an Emergency.


State Policies & Initiatives: 

“The General Assembly finds that:

(1) Occupational, technical, and industrial training provides unique opportunities to improve the lives of Arkansans while advancing the state's economic development;

(2) Businesses seeking to begin operations in Arkansas look to the level of education and skills in the workforce as a key factor in making investment decisions;

(3) Currently, Arkansas workforce education operates within a variety of agencies, without coordination, often with significant inefficiencies arising from overlapping and repeated programming and from important programs being overlooked as presumably covered by another program; and

(4) Bringing coordination of all state and federal career education and workforce development programs will:

(A) Reduce unnecessary duplication of programming;

(B) Ensure that every Arkansan who seeks occupational, 9 technical, and industrial training will find an appropriate education program 10 in the state;

(C) Bring consistency, efficiency, and rigor, as 12 established by applicable industry and accreditation standards to the state's 13 career education and workforce development efforts; and

(D) Alert industry to the commitment of the State of 15 Arkansas to economic development through career workforce education.”

  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA
  • Arkansas Legislature
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