The AATYC WorkForce Training Consortium serves the business/industry needs of Arkansas. Collaborative efforts maximize available resources, coordinate services and promote education and economic progress in all corners of the state. The Consortium partners with colleges, universities, state agencies and other organizations to create initiatives that prepare Arkansans for high-wage, high-demand jobs.
The Consortium was instrumental in bringing the following successful initiatives to Arkansas:
Career Pathways Iniative (CPI): The CPI program helps single parents complete a credential and get a job. In September 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services visited Arkansas to recognize its CPI as one of the 10 best programs in the nation addressing the needs of TANF clients. CPI is managed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. All Arkansas public two-year colleges participate.
Kuder Career Planning System:Kuder is a customizable, Internet-based system designed to help students and adults identify their interests, explore their career options and plan educational goals.
Cisco Networking Academy:Cisco Networking Academy is a transformative, technology education program that prepares college- and career-ready students for the 21st century with curricula that builds information communications technology (ICT) and networking knowledge and skills. Click HERE for Arkansas Cisco Academy Sites.
What is workforce training?
Workforce training includes education or training beyond high school which leads to a GED, certificate, two- to four-year degree or other short-term, customized job skills training designed to meet the needs of employers.
Workforce training is geared towards four distinctly different audiences:
Emerging workers in pre-employment preparation (high school students)
Transitional workers (dislocated, single parents, retiree renewed careers)
Entrepreneurs (small, independent business owners)
Arkansas two-year colleges offer the following workforce training services:
Provide accessible, affordable opportunities for individuals to achieve personal education goals
Instill confidence and motivation for continuous improvement via lifelong learning
Enhance an individual’s role, worth and security in the workforce
Provide employers with a competent, highly skilled, trained and re-trainable workforce to meet global competition and technology challenges.
AATYC Aerospace Training Consortium
Two-year colleges collaborate to maximize resources and training capacities in the field of aerospace. The Consortium includes two-year colleges with aerospace related programs such as:
Aircraft refurbishment such as cabinetry, upholstery and exterior finishes/painting
AATYC Aerospace Consortium colleges signed articulation agreements with Henderson State University for its Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management.
Two-year colleges foster economic development through entrepreneurship education. Ten colleges have collaborated to develop a common curriculum.
Entrepreneurship courses count towards a technical certificate in business and a two-year business degree and are imbedded in technical programs such as welding, automotive and cosmetology. Noncredit courses are available for business owners and dislocated workers.
The ten “common curriculum” colleges:
Arkansas State University-Beebe
College of the Ouachitas
East Arkansas Community College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Pulaski Technical College
Southern Arkansas University Tech
South Arkansas Community College
Southeast Arkansas College
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
Arkansas Energy Sector Partnership (AESP)
This multi-agency partnership, led by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, funds training required for green jobs. Training is available through two-year colleges and apprenticeship programs. Industries of focus include:
Energy efficient building, construction and retrofitting
Renewable electric power
Energy efficiency assessment
Three Energy Centers of Excellence - NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Phillips Community College of the UA, and Pulaski Technical College - are developing training that can be distributed statewide.
AESP partners include Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition, Arkansas State Office of Apprenticeship, Winrock International, Arkansas Department of Career Education, nine Regional Partnership Teams which include all ten Workforce Investment Boards, Non-Profits, and Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Industries.