by WJ on Aug 26, 2016 at 7:40 AM

On August 4, 2016 Arkansas Children’s Hospital hosted the graduation ceremony for training provider MedLinc, Inc.’s largest class of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to date. The Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, and Arbor E&T Project Director, Farrah Hammond, were in attendance.

Graduation events like these represent significant career milestones for job seekers in the healthcare sector. As part of the nursing care team, a CNA works under the direction of a licensed nurse to perform basic patient care activities. A CNA is a leading healthcare profession with excellent projected continue job growth. The CNA role is also a great stepping stone to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) license.



by WJ on Aug 24, 2016 at 3:34 PM

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) continues site visits at multiple locations in Little Rock as part of the On-Site and On-Target Workshop Series. These visits with community partners serve as critical sources of information for the LRWDB’s Local Transitional Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

On August 18, LRWDB members visited the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind (ALB). Katie Hall, Manager of Marketing and Development, welcomed LRWDB members and provided an overview of ALB’s 76-year history as one of 93 associated agencies of the National Industries for the Blind (NIB), which work to enhance opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment.

Staff members conducted a tour of the production floor at ALB’s manufacturing facility, located in the industrial district of southwest Little Rock. Over 70 employees who are blind produce items like apparel for branches of the U. S. military and paper products for organizations like the federal government. Discussion following the tour provided greater insight into the ways in which the LRWDB and WIOA programs can best support ALB’s efforts to enhance opportunities for economic and personal independence for individuals with visual disabilities.


Sep 22


6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Pleasant Valley Country Club (1 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212)

You can join Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind for BINGO FOR BAGS at Pleasant Valley Country Club on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Play bingo to win high-fashion bags and accessories for women and men, enjoy cocktails, beer, and wine, live entertainment, and a silent auction. During the evening, we will honor Angela Moody for her passion for the community and support of people who are blind. All proceeds benefit people who are blind in our community. For ticket or sponsorship information, contact Katie Hall at or 501-492-7509.


Interested individuals can find information about job openings at ALB by visiting or by calling 501-562-2222.







by WJ on Aug 5, 2016 at 8:43 AM

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) is conducting site visits at multiple locations in Little Rock to exchange information with community partners. As part  of  the On-Site On-Target Workshop Series, these community visits represent critical input  for the LRWDB’s Local Transitional Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

On May 12, LRWDB members toured the project to renovate the Robinson Auditorium and Performing Arts Center. The tour and demonstration of the BIM (Building Information Modeling) used to coordinate the work, conducted by CDI Contractors, provided insight into what the future looks like for the construction industry in Central Arkansas and which occupations will be in demand. The LRWDB’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, noted that the “project showcases the advanced architectural and engineering technology required to renovate a Little Rock landmark that will continue to serve as an asset to this community for decades to come.” Mr. Monagle also observed that upcoming retirement of “highly skilled tradespeople” represents a talent gap for the metropolitan area.

The next community visit and reciprocal tour will be held at the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind on August 18.

These workshops will continue  to take place at various locations of interest in-between the regular quarterly meetings of the board, with the stated desire to keep board members involved, excited, and engaged in the strategic planning process.