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Workforce Grants for tech programs total $1.35 million

Workforce Grants for tech programs total $1.35 million

July 25, 2022

Arkansas Department of Higher Education announced that four technical programs at University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College will receive Regional Workforce Grant Phase II Awards totaling $1,350,000.

The specific programs receiving awards are as follows:

  • Collision Repair - $400,000
  • Tractor Trailer Operation - $400,000
  • Tractor Trailer Servicing and Diesel Technology - $300,000
  • Aviation Maintenance - $250,000

“UA-PTC will use the funds for modernization of these programs to incorporate leading-edge technology, virtual reality trainers and simulators, and equipment in collaboration with our business and industry partners” said UA-PTC Dean of the School of Technical and Professional Studies Angela Kremers. “The items purchased will greatly benefit students by providing high-quality training that exceeds industry expectations. Students will be well-prepared for the workforce and employers will benefit from the exceptional pipeline of employees.”

Passed into law in 2015, the Workforce Initiative Act Regional Workforce Grant Program seeks to create a statewide, comprehensive structure enabling students in Arkansas universities, community colleges and secondary centers to participate in career and technical education programs developed with input from area employers. The General Assembly found that for Arkansas to compete with an aggressive and effective 21 century economic development strategy, we must start by properly evaluating and addressing the workforce education needs of our state. The proper coordination of secondary and post- secondary education, including career and technical programs, is essential for creating a successful economic climate in Arkansas.

Additionally, preparing and encouraging Arkansans to pursue high-demand jobs, including but not limited to, those stemming from industry-recognized credentials, career and technical certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor's degrees is essential to building a skilled and employment-ready workforce. Programs offering short-term career and technical training, as well as, those producing Certificates of Proficiency, Technical Certificates, Associate of Applied Science, or similar degrees, and Bachelor of Applied Science, or similar degrees, are critical to the success of Arkansas’ economic development.

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