Office of Skills Development

Office of Skills Development
Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Act 892, which created the Office of Skills Development (OSD), during the 2015 Legislative Session. A division within the Arkansas Department of Career Education, this office is responsible for aligning career and technical education programs with the skills needed by business and industry.

Investing in training to maintain and increase the competitiveness of Arkansas’s workforce. 

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Eighty-nine programs providing education and structured, on-the-job training to almost 4000 apprentices, primarily professionals requiring certifications and licenses, such as plumbers and electricians.

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Secondary technical centers are designed to provide career and technical education programs too costly for the local high schools to offer. These centers are typically sponsored by high schools, postsecondary technical institutes, postsecondary institutions, or an education service cooperative. There are currently 25 centers with 24 satellite locations designed to serve high school students within a defined geographical region. In May 2016, the Career Education and Workforce Development Board approved two new pilot centers:  the Black River Technical College in Pocahontas and Arkansas State University in Newport.

Arkansas Secondary Technical Centers Map

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Various secondary center reports must be submitted to the Office of Skills Development periodically throughout the year.  Please refer to the Important Secondary Center Dates document for specific submission instructions.

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