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UA - Pulaski Tech conducts emerging leaders development program

UA - Pulaski Tech conducts emerging leaders development program

August 12, 2019
Employees from area companies completed a 5-week training series designed to enhance their leadership, management, and communication skills. Participating companies included Welspun, DeWafelbakkers, Cameron A Schlumberger Company and others. This partnership was a collaboration with the Little Rock Manufacturing Training Consortium and the Little Rock Regional Chamber.

The Emerging Leaders Development Program at University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, is offered through the college’s Business and Industry Center, and celebrated the completion of the series on Aug. 6. The program offers an innovative curriculum to help employers in Arkansas train future managers.

Sharon Cantrell, UA-PTC director of workforce development and community education said “With a diverse consortium of businesses in central Arkansas, and with partial funding from an Arkansas Department of Career Education Office of Skills Development grant, University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College is assisting those companies improve their productivity and profitability by improving the leadership skills of existing employees who are moving into management roles.”

Four central Arkansas businesses participated in the training, which provides professional development for their managers. Graduates will be more qualified to fill mid-level positions as they become available due to business growth and normal attrition. The companies involved vary in size and sector. Their needs represent issues common to many Arkansas businesses.

“The Little Rock Regional Chamber was pleased to partner with UA-PTC and these member companies on this important training,” said Jay Chesshir, president and CEO. “The chamber is dedicated to convening the business community to identify common workforce training needs and source solutions that help strengthen our region.”

It is common for entry level employees to advance into leadership roles as they demonstrate competence, initiative, and leadership potential. The program addresses the workplace skills necessary to excel in management. Practical, real-world implications are emphasized, such as workplace communication, conflict resolution, job prioritization, and teamwork.

“The Emerging Leaders Development Program provides an opportunity for entry level managers to develop and improve their leadership skills. It provides practical, real world examples in an environment that encourages class participation and questioning. Graduates are equipped to lead with excellence.” said Kristi Tucker, outreach coordinator and workplace essentials instructor for UA-PTC’s Business and Industry Center.
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