Asa Arkansas's Governor

Return to Promises

Workforce Training Initiative
Promise Completed, Ongoing

During the 2015 legislative session, Governor Hutchinson supported three key legislative measures that focused on increased opportunities for workforce training to help take Arkansas to the next level.

Legislation passed:

Act 907

Act 1131 

Act 892

Since Governor Hutchinson took office, there are now more than 40 Secondary Career Centers and satellites statewide.

Local school districts have implemented innovative career development programs and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has issued 21 regional workforce grants so far between 2015 and 2016.

Arkansas is also working to close the education attainment gap through objectives outlined in the Department of Higher Education’s Master Plan to increase post-secondary attainment by 60% by 2025.

4 Principles Important for Success in Job Skills Training

  • Business & industry, by region of the state, should guide the job skill training programs
  • Have a partnership between 2-year colleges, technical schools and high schools
  • Funding has to follow priorities set by business & industry and needs in the workplace
  • State government agencies should be organized around these principle



Workforce Training Legislation Press Conference - March 17, 2015

Workforce Initiative Bill Signings - April 6, 2015

Governor's Weekly Column and Radio Addresses:

6/3/16 – The Future of Arkansas Graduates

3/20/15 - Training Arkansas’s Workforce