by WJ on Jun 19, 2017 at 4:35 PM

The host of Speak Up Arkansas, Paul Kelly, recently highlighted the topic of workforce development as part of his regular broadcast on  KABF 88.3 FM, “The Voice of the People.” Speak Up Arkansas is underwritten by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. The talk radio show is dedicated to covering issues like health care, education, juvenile justice, the state budget, and family and economic security.

The Executive Director of the Little Rock Workforce Development Board, W. J. Monagle, participated in a panel discussion  with three other local workforce development leaders: Randy Zook, President and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; Roger Rich, Superintendent of Southside Schools; and Cindy Varner, Vice President of Workforce Development with Goodwill of Arkansas.

Panel members discussed economic trends that affect workforce development, programs that address the needs of job seekers and employers, and community partnerships that drive success in vocational training and sustainable employment.

Economic Trends

Less than 40 years ago, nearly 75% of jobs in the United States could be filled by workers with no more than a high school education in industries like manufacturing, farming, mining, transportation, and construction. By 2022, the U. S. will lack 11 million workers with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or credentials to meet job demands. Arkansas has significant workforce development needs to assist adults over 25 with no college degree, especially as aging workers retire.

Program “Success Stories”

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board coordinates programs for adults, youth and dislocated workers through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well grant-funded programs like YouthBuild, which helps at risk youth obtain a G. E. D. and vocation training. Southside Schools sponsors Project Future Story, which exposes students to career possibilities that match their interests from “pre-K through career.” Goodwill of Arkansas is launching a charter school for adults without a high school diploma in addition to regular career center offerings like resume writing and interview preparation.

Community Partnerships

Partnerships across local communities are required to help individuals overcome barriers to find and sustain employment. A viable network of employment and job-driven training programs includes roles for business, government, non-profits, and other community entities to promote economic sustainability.

To listen to the radio broadcast in its entirety, you may download the mp3 file by clicking here:  Speak Up Arkansas.mp3

 

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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).

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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.

 

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by WJ on Oct 26, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Arbor E&T is hosting the fourth annual Fall Job Fair on October 26, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The job fair will take place at the Arkansas Workforce Center at Little Rock (LRWFC), located at 5401 South University Avenue.

The job fair will feature more than thirty vendors who are actively searching for job applicants, including companies like Federal Express, Labor Ready, and the United States Military. A degree or certification is not required to participate in job fair activities.

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity to engage in meaningful connections across a wide range of industries:

  •  Bring a current professional resume (suggested)
  • Dress to impress

Please refer to the 2016 Job Fair Flyer for more information: 2016 Job Fair Flyer.pdf (194.50 kb)

 

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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.

 

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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

BINGO FOR BAGS

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 khall@arkansaslighthouse.org or 501-492-7509.

JOB OPENINGS

Interested individuals can find information about job openings at ALB by visiting http://www.arkansaslighthouse.org/jobs-hr.html or by calling 501-562-2222.

 

 

 

 

 

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by WJ on Mar 22, 2016 at 9:47 AM

On March 11, 2016, St. Vincent Hospital held an appreciation event for Medlinc’s most recent graduating class of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) The Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, was in attendance. The event also offered each of the CNA graduates the opportunity to apply for patient care technician positions at St. Vincent Hospital. 

A previous CNA graduation was held at the LRSD Metropolitan Career & Technical Academy. Both classes were trained by the LRWDB’s partner, MedLinc, Inc.

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 continued job growth. The CNA role is also a great stepping stone to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) license.

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by WJ on Oct 26, 2015 at 5:07 PM

The Arkansas Workforce Center at Little Rock is hosting a Job Fair!

DATE:  Wednesday, October 28, 2015

TIME:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION: 5401 S. University, LR - Room 190

A variety of local employers will attend, including: Baptist Health System; Chef Shuttle; CST Brands; Delta Plastics; Department of Human Services; Easter Seals of Arkansas; FedEx; HR Block; Kroger; Labor Ready, Inc.; Lexicon, Inc.; Nike; Outlet Mall Stores; Saggio Oils & Vinegar; UALR EOC/TRIO Programs; Verizon Wireless; and YouthBuild. More participating companies are being added daily.

The job fair is open to the public. Bring your resume and dress to impress!

Call 501-682-8038 for additional information.

 

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by WJ on Oct 6, 2015 at 2:09 PM

On September 9, 2015, CHI St. Vincent held an appreciation event for the most recent graduating class of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) from Medlinc.  This event not only displayed appreciation for Medlinc, but also offered each of the graduates the opportunity to apply for patient care technician jobs at St. Vincent’s Infirmary.

Graduates of Medlinc’s 90-hour CNA training program include Mr. Quinton Davis and Ms. Japonica Bailey.

The LRWDB is delighted to collaborate with CHI St. Vincent to provide high-quality workers for in-demand patient care jobs. Likewise, the LRWDB is proud to work with Medlinc to provide job seekers with the opportunity to obtain a recognized healthcare credential that can also serve as a stepping stone to an LPN or RN license.

The partnerships with CHI St. Vincent and Medlinc illustrate the LRWDB’s continuing commitment to connect job seekers and employers and fuel high-growth professions in central Arkansas.

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