Arkansas Apprenticeship Pathway Initiative
U.S. Department of Labor

The Arkansas Apprenticeship Pathway Initiative (AAPI) supports increasing the number of Registered Apprenticeships in the state as well as strengthening the articulation between Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors and colleges to create a new pipeline of degree seekers and enhance the competitiveness of American industry by enlarging the pool of highly-trained workers that possess in-demand skills and competencies. The partnership is led by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and includes Arkansas Community Colleges, the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition, Winrock International, and the Local Workforce Development Boards. The project is designed to increase opportunities for students to earn-while-you-learn and support the creation of work-based training models and competency–based education and training that result in stackable, industry-recognized credentials that lead to a career pathway. 

Participating colleges are:

  • ASU Mountain Home
  • ASU Newport
  • National Park College
  • South Arkansas Community College
 

Arkansas Sector Partnership
U.S. Department of Labor

The Arkansas Sector Partnership (ASP) consists of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Community Colleges, Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition, Winrock International, and Local Workforce Development Boards. The project is designed to provide employment-related services to dislocated workers with the goal of quickly reemploying laid-off workers and enhancing their employability and earnings. Awarded funds must be used for enhanced career services to dislocated workers in the form of short-term pre-employment training, career planning and skills assessments; creation and support of work-based training models consistent with WIOA such as OJT, pre-apprenticeships and the development and delivery of customized/cohort-based training to meet the needs of employers, as well as competency–based education and training that results in stackable, industry-recognized credentials; provide supportive services, assistive technology and other support activities to assist low-wage workers in overcoming barriers to work; and a small amount may be used for incumbent worker training.

Participating colleges are:

  • Arkansas Northeastern College
  • ASU Beebe
  • ASU Newport
  • Black River Technical College
  • East Arkansas Community College
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  • Southeast Arkansas College
  • South Arkansas Community College
  • SAU Tech
  • UACC Batesville
  • UACC Morrilton
  • UA Pulaski Technical College
 

College Count$: Evidence of Impact
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation

College Count$ is an initiative to study the impact of the nationally recognized Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) on program participants, their children, and the state's economy. CPI was established in 2005 utilizing federal Transitional Aid to Needy Families (TANF) funds. The program includes intensive case management and supportive services for TANF eligible Arkansans attending Arkansas' community colleges.  The College Count$ study will utilize participant educational data, employment data, focus groups, and other methods to determine the effectiveness of the program.

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