Vocational Education/Training

Arkansas Career Development Center: Vocational Training

Train for positions needed by Arkansas employers in as little as 3 to 9 weeks!
Tuition paid for qualified applicants!

Arkansas Career Development Center partners with employers and other State agencies to ensure skills learned are skills needed by the industry. Training offers small blended class sizes. Soft skills training, specific to the field of study, is provided in both online and hands-on instruction from caring instructors experienced in working with job seekers who have disabilities. Attain industry-recognized credentials or certificates to stand out from competitors with the opportunity to be recommended for an internship or paid apprenticeship. Arkansas Career Development Center provides an ideal start to the future. Training is the first step toward a satisfying work experience and advancement opportunities.

Students will be responsible for their own transportation. Arkansas Career Development Center offers a Driver's Education course.

For more information, call Admissions at 501-701-6353
or Email: [email protected]

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Course Summary:

Provides students with the practical application of basic care skills and the required theory training for nursing assistants per the rules and regulations of the Office of Long Term Care (OLTC) of Arkansas. Students will learn to competently and safely provide basic nursing assistant care, maintain their patient's highest level of functioning, maintain the patient's "Resident Rights", report signs and symptoms of abuse, and follow the patient's individualized plan of care.

Employment Opportunities:

Nursing homes, hospitals, home health, private duty, and outpatient facilities.

Recommendations for Success:

6th-grade reading and math level
Driver's license

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Upon Enrollment:

Able to stand/walk for long periods of time
Able to stoop, bend, twist, push and pull
Able to lift a minimum of 25-50 pounds
Limited physical impairment

For State Licensure:

Must have TB skin test
Pass federal/state background test
Pass drug test

(Note: State licensure test is taken after completion of program)

Program Length:

Adults - Instructor-Led, On-Site Course
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Choose course length:
7-week course. Includes 2-8 hour clinical days
3-week course. This is an accelerated course. Includes 2-8 hour clinical days.

High School Students
Online: 1 hour per day, Monday - Thursday for 22 Weeks. Time of day determined with high school.

In-Person: 3 full days plus 2-8 hour clinical days. Please call ACDC for specific information for your area.

On-Site: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday for 9 weeks. Includes 2-8 hour clinical days. Transportation provided by high school. 

The CNA program does not offer the OSHA 10-hour safety course.

Construction

Course Summary:

Construction I - Students will learn safety, basic skills, and techniques used in carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, and other building trades. Students will also prepare for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER Core) exam. The exam tests both theory and hands-on performance skills.

The instructor may recommend a student for an internship or a four-year, paid apprenticeship based on the student's basic skill ability, work ethic, and availability of internship/apprenticeship.

Recommendations for Success in Construction I:

6th-grade reading and math level
Ability to read a ruler

Employment Opportunities with Construction I:

Construction firms, home repair, maintenance worker in various companies, hardware stores, carpenter's helper, and painting contractors.

Construction II - Student choice of focus: HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) where students will prepare to take the EPA certification exam. The other focus choices: Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Electrical, or Plumbing. Students must complete Construction I prior to enrolling in Construction II.

Recommendations for Success in Construction II:

HVAC - 9th-grade reading and math level
Other Construction II areas - 6th-grade reading and math level

Employment Opportunities with Construction II:

Apprentice carpentry, apprentice cabinet making, apprentice electrician, or apprentice plumbing. HVAC training can lead to work in any heating and air company or business. 

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Upon Enrollment:

Valid driver's license
Ability to walk, stoop, twist, bend, pull, push and climb
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Good eye-hand coordination
Ability to work in harsh or dusty environments
Severe asthma or seizure needs medical clearance (Severe asthma or seizure not recommended for HVAC)

Program Length:

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
On-Site

Adults
Construction I - 9 weeks
Construction II - 9 weeks

High School
Enroll by semester
Transportation provided by high school

Additional Certification Included in Course:

OSHA 10-hour safety
(depending on minimum students required for participation)

Culinary Arts

Course Summary:

This course is designed to train students as food service workers. Students will receive training in safety, sanitation and personal hygiene; food preparation and cooking skills; use of common kitchen equipment; standardized recipes and ingredients; serving and holding food; dishwashing and sanitizing and maintaining a dining room. Students will study for up to four ServSafe Certifications (ServSafe Food Handler, ServSafe Allergen, ServSafe Alcohol Safety (for those 18+ years), and ServSafe Food Protection Manager. Included will be three ServSafe certificates for COVID-19 safety (Reopening, Carryout and Delivery).

Health Standards and Hygiene:

According to state and county health department regulations, at least one employee in every food establishment must be trained in food protection and safety.

Employment Opportunities:

Cafeterias, hospitals, restaurants, or other foodservice facilities.

Recommendations for Success:

6th-grade reading and math level
Driver's license

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Upon Enrollment:

Good personal hygiene habits
Good eye-hand coordination
Ability to stand for a minimum of 4 hours
Ability to walk, stoop, twist, bend, pull and push
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Program Length:

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
On-Site

Adults
9 weeks
or 2 weeks online and 7 weeks on-site

High School
Enroll by semester
Transportation provided by high school

Additional Certifications Included in Course:

OSHA 10-hour safety; First Aid/CPR
(depending on minimum students required for participation 

Welding

Course Summary:

Welding I - GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding). Also known as MIG welding. Students prepare for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER Core) exam. The exam tests over both theory and hands-on performance skills

The instructor may recommend a student for a four-year, paid apprenticeship based on the student's basic skill ability, work ethic, and availability of apprenticeship.

Welding II - SMAW (Shield and Metal Arc Welding). Also known as Stick Welding. Students must take Welding I prior to enrolling in Welding II.

Employment Opportunities

General repair shops, service-related industries, and construction firms; opportunities for assembly-line welding may be found in manufacturing settings. Apprenticeships may be available.

Recommendation for Success:

6th-grade reading and math level

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Upon Enrollment:

Valid driver's license
Ability to stand for a minimum of 6 hours
Ability to walk, stoop, twist, bend, pull, push and climb
Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
Good eye-hand coordination
Ability to work in harsh or dusty environments
Severe asthma or seizures not recommended for this field

Program Length:

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
On-Site

Adults
Welding I - 9 weeks
Welding II - 9 weeks

High School
Enroll by semester
Transportation provided by high school

Additional Certification Included in Course:

OSHA 10-hour safety
(depending on minimum students required for participation)