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AR JD-NEG Partnership
Grantee: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS)
Purpose: The Arkansas Job Driven National Emergency Grant (AR JD-NEG) Partnership will train dislocated workers in three job driven occupations that have demonstrated demand for new employees.
Industries of Focus: Healthcare: Medical Coding / Billing, Advanced Manufacturing: Multi-Craft Technician, Transportation: Commercial Driver, and additional training as warranted by employer demands and opportunity for job placement in the Fort Smith Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
Participants Served: Dislocated workers and long-term unemployed
Amount: $2,472,124 of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor
Timeframe: July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2016
Key Partnerships: Arkansas Workforce Investment Board (AWIB), Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS), Winrock International, Western Arkansas Planning and Development District (WAPDD), local WIB, and other workforce development professionals.
Project Description: The AR JD-NEG Partnership will focus its efforts on the Fort Smith Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) with a training focus on healthcare, advanced manufacturing, transportation, and additional training as warranted by employer demand and opportunity for job placement. The Partnership will provide assessment, classroom training, intensive services including job-coaching and other skills, On-the-Job Training, and other services. Participants will be assessed by completing the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). The CRC is a recognized by over 78 Arkansas employers and over 2500 employers nationally in which the participant may verify to an employer of their workplace skill set and employability.
Proposed Outcomes: A total of 400 participants will receive grant funded services of those 239 are anticipated to begin training activities with 332 entering employment.
|Lisa Ferrell, ADWS
Discretionary Grants Coordinator