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All divisions within the Arkansas Department of Career Education are focused on delivering industry-focused, demand-driven education and training.

The Arkansas Department of Career Education's mission is to prepare a job-ready, career bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers. We do this through four distinct divisions. These divisions provide a comprehensive system of education and workforce programs and services to accomplish the following:

Black-Check  to provide both youth and adults the necessary academic and technical skills for meaningful jobs;

Lt-Blue-Check  to work with business and industry to identify and provide grants for workforce training needs;

Red-Check  to offer Arkansans of all ages the options to pursue a wide range of career choices;

Dk-Blue-Check  to ensure that workers have the foundation for lifelong learning that will allow them to enhance their existing
        skills and also to learn new skills in response to the current and future demands of a rapidly changing workplace;

Green-Check  to assist individuals with disabilities in becoming productive citizens and workers; and

Gold-Check  to supply employers with validation of skills through national certifications and licenses.


Invested In Workforce Training


Classrooms Supported With Certification & Instruction


Adults Equipped With Education & Training


Disabled Adults Empowered With Skills & Employment

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

"Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide; they build self-confidence and leadership skills by allowing students to utilize their unique gifts and talents." - Conrad Burns

"Industry coordinated, demand-driven programs and industry recognized certifications will better prepare students and clients for employment." - Charisse Childers, Ph.D.

“There is no them. Once you see a person with a disability as you, not them, other things fade away. You might still see the differences but those are minor compared to how we are alike.” - Randy Lewis


Maumelle Students

Maumelle Class Gains Business Skills While Serving Up Coffee

MAUMELLE - Have you ever had a Hot Hornet? What about a Carnahan? Have you ever indulged a Willie? Those drinks are exclusive to the Maumelle Mug – the student-run coffee shop located in the Maumelle High School library. It’s only been open for two months, but....


Returning to Pay It Forward to the Next Generation of Professionals

HOT SPRINGS - Amid the productive clanging and banging heard throughout the garage at the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI), there are two voices that can still be heard over the noise – providing instruction and direction to....


Arkansas Adult Education Graduate Shines on National Stage

LITTLE ROCK - Kevin Hunt is on his way to becoming a household name. The Little Rock native currently serves as the community philanthropy fellow at the University of Arkansas for the Center on Community Philanthropy....