by WJ on Nov 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On October 17, 2016 the Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s (LRWDB) Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, and WIOA Project Director, Farrah Hammond, attended the Arkansas Rehabilitation Business Summit. The theme of the summit, “Inclusion Works and Improves Your Business Bottom Line,” illustrates the event’s focus on hiring persons with a disability.

The keynote speakers, Randy Lewis, Founder and President of the Nogwog Fund and retired Senior Vice President of Walgreens, and James Ashworth, Managing Director Customer Support for Southwest Airlines, made a "Business Case for Hiring People with Abilities." Panel discussions emphasized “Moving Beyond Diversity to Active Inclusion” and “Unconscious Biases.” Breakout sessions highlighted topics like “Access & Accommodations” and “Sensitivity & Disability Etiquette.”

The summit was sponsored by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education. The LRWDB is pleased to partner with ARS to provide opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities to lead productive and independent lives. For more information, you may view the program flyer: ARS Business Summit 10-17-16.pdf (134.94 kb).


by WJ on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:55 AM

On October 12, 2016 Medlinc, Inc. held a graduation ceremony  for its newest class of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). A CNA is a leading healthcare profession with growth opportunities as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN).

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, and several members of the Arbor E&T staff were in attendance. Graduates included six participants in Little Rock’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and YouthBuild programs. Arkansas Children’s Hospital hosted the graduation ceremony.



by WJ on Nov 10, 2016 at 4:19 PM
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The Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) announces the publication of its WIOA Transitional Local Plan. This plan is available to the public and all interested organizations for review and comment for the next thirty-five (35) days commencing November 14, 2016, at the Arkansas Workforce Center at Little Rock, located at 5401 S. University Ave., Ste. 146, Little Rock, AR 72209 during office hours Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. The plan is also be available on the website at WIOA Transitional Local Plan.pdf.

Comments on the plan may be made in writing to the address above. All comments received before the close of business on December 15, 2016, will be included with the plan when it is submitted to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board for its review and consideration.


For further information, please contact W.J. Monagle, WIOA Program Administrator, at (501) 683-3843 or The LRWDB is an “Equal Opportunity Employer/Program” and “auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.” The LRWDB receives funding for WIOA Programs is by the U.S. Dept. of Labor and is a proud partner of the American Job Centers.


by WJ on Nov 10, 2016 at 9:32 AM
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On October 10, 2016 volunteers loaded more than 50 boxes of book for children and young adults onto a truck at the Little Rock Workforce Center (LRWFC). The book drive is intended to help flood victims in the Baton Rouge area recover from the recent weather event.

Book donations came from a variety of organizations, including Arkansas Workforce Development Services (ADWS), City Connections, and Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS). Thank you to our partner organizations and all volunteers who donated, sorted, and prepared the books for delivery.



by WJ on Nov 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, is serving as host and point of contact for the U.S. State Department’s Professional Fellows program. The program is operated in Little Rock through a group called Global Ties Arkansas.

Mr. Seymur Valiyev from Azerbaijan is visiting Little Rock from October 18th through November  He is an up and coming young professional in the field of youth development. He has attended local meetings and participated in job shadowing activities with local youth development professionals. Mr. Valiyev currently serves as Chairperson to the Bridge to the Future Youth Public Union, a national NGO established in April 2000 by youth initiative. The organization assists in the active participation of Azerbaijan’s youth, establishment of a healthy civil society, and youth representation of Azerbaijan on an international level. You may view his full bio here: Seymur Valiyev Bio.pdf (141.41 kb).

Mr. Monagle and the LRWDB are pleased to have introduced our visiting Fellow to initiatives that organizations within the City of Little Rock and immediate region have made toward youth development. We also appreciate the opportunity to learn about youth development efforts in Azerbaijan and around the world through the experiences of individuals like Seymur Valiyev. Thank you to all who make the U.S. State Department’s Professional Fellows program a success!