Workforce Training

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    Workforce Development

    A grant totaling almost $1M from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education is helping North Arkansas College boost the manufacturing and healthcare workforce by reducing the regional skills employment gap.

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    Workforce Development

    The grant is allowing Northark to complete an Advanced Manufacturing & Emerging Clinical Healthcare Workforce Initiative.

Employers and community leaders look to North Arkansas College for skill attainment via the college’s workforce training. A variety of courses and workshops are available.

  • Leadership seminars/training
  • Career specific courses
  • Work training certification
  • Computer application courses
  • Customizable workforce programs

If you need a course, set of courses or an entire program designed specifically for your program, contact our Outreach Division and we will partner to achieve your training goals.

Workforce Development Grant

  • Reduce skills gaps in the regional workforce pool to facilitate development of a skilled, employment-ready workforce
  • Coordinate secondary/postsecondary/CTE/employers to create regional workforce alliances
  • Enhance, expand, and create clearly defined CTE pathway programs
  • Emphasize basic skills instruction with occupational training
  • Embrace/Encourage diverse student enrollment (i.e. boys in Healthcare and girls in Manufacturing)
  • Support services in academic, employment, financial, and personal areas
  • Support collaborative programs that prepare workers for rapid entry into the workforce and/or industry certifications

Grant Strategies

Promote pathways and career opportunities (5th grade and up)

  • Awareness campaigns for students, parents, educators
  • Aptitude Testing/Career Interest Inventories
  • Career Exploration and Career Coaching/Advising
  • Industry and College Tours, Guest Speakers, Career Fairs

Promote increased opportunities for students in Robotics

  • Vex IQ Kits provided for all area school districts (Grades 3-7)
  • Expand Best Robotics Competition (Grades 6-12)

Focus on Employability Skills/Soft Skills

  • Attendance tracking (time clock)
  • Work-based Learning Experiences/Internships

Promote and help provide Professional Development for regional school districts (Career Coaching, Robotics, Industry Certification Training)

Promote and Increase opportunities at Northark Technical Center for concurrent credit

Program Expansion and Upgrades

  • New morning course offerings in Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing for high school students
  • New opportunity for Introduction to Craft Skills course (NCCER Core Curriculum) offering for area high schools
  • New opportunity for MSSC certification in high schools and Technical Center.
  • Purchase of new Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Equipment

Partnership Collaboration

  • MOU with ASUMH (Mountain Home) to support transferability of courses in Industrial Electronics Technician and Mechatronics
  • Specialized workforce training classes with employer partners
  • Pace scholarship program

Contact Us

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PACE Industries
Wabash Wood Products
Claridge Products
North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC)
Tyson Foods
Baxter Healthcare


OUR Educational Service Cooperative
Northark Technical Center
North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education


Northwest Arkansas Workforce Development Board

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North Arkansas College is a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Assessment Center for high school students, college students and military personnel.