Sep 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog

Career Pathways and Workforce Development Center


Career Pathways

Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education/Career Pathways Initiative is a program designed to assist students at two-year colleges with:

  • Book Loan Program, Childcare, Transportation and/or Tuition and Fees.

Career Pathways also provides students with advising to assist with career and educational decisions, extra instruction, tutoring, employment skills, and access to computer labs to complete homework and improve computer skills. To be eligible, students must have custody of a child under the age of 21 who is living at home, be a former/current recipient of TEA Cash assistance; or be a current recipient of SNAP (formally known as Food Stamp Program), ARKids or Medicaid; or earnings are at the 250% Federal Poverty Level or less.

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative is made possible through the cooperation of Arkansas Department of Higher Education and Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Lisa Gober, Director (870) 543-5969  
Tami Watts, Community Outreach Coordinator (870) 850-4823  

Workforce Development Center (WDC)

(Business, Industry and Government Training and Assistance Center)

Workforce Development Center Mission

It is the mission of Southeast Arkansas College Workforce Development Center to compile and translate the needs of employers and students into affordable training programs. This will be accomplished by developing and implementing a process which will provide continuous improvement in the development, delivery, and affordability of customized training and services to business, industry, and government organizations within the SEARK College service area.

Workforce Development Center Staff

The professional staff of the Workforce Development Center is composed of a Director of Workforce Development and a Business & Community Coordinator. The regular academic and technical education faculty are also utilized in providing Center Services, as well as a number of adjunct instructors, consultants, and specialized trainers. For information, contact:

WDC Office Phone (870) 543-5947 or Fax (870) 543-5951  
Wanda C. Lindsey, Director (870) 543-5950  
Jeffrey Pulliam, Business and Community Coordinator (870) 543-5948  

Workforce Development Center Services

Southeast Arkansas College Workforce Development Center (WDC) offers consulting, referral, or training in such areas as: entrepreneurship, government contracting, hazardous materials, safety/OSHA, and state-sponsored industry training programs.

Computer Software Training -The WDC offers a wide range of training in the latest software and techniques. Most courses range from three hours to one day.

Customized Business and Industry Training - Courses and programs assist in updating, upgrading, and cross-training current employees.

Quality and Workforce Leadership Training - Courses and programs related to total quality management and continuous improvement, including Quality Management and Improvement, Statistical Process Control, Quality Team Leadership and Facilitation, Human Relations and Interpersonal Development, and World Class Manufacturing.

Online Training - Online courses can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at times that are most convenient to you. A new section of each course starts monthly. Courses run for six to eight weeks and are composed of 12 lessons representing 24 or more hours of instruction. You can ask questions and give or receive comments from the instructor at any time during the course. Visit www.ed2go.com/seark-pro for additional information. Forty-four (44) courses have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education for teachers to receive professional development credit upon successful completion.

Certified Testing Center - Certified Testing Center - Southeast Arkansas College Workforce Development Center (WDC) is a certified testing center for Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) exams and several Microsoft applications, including the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), PC Pro, Network Pro, and Security Pro. WDC provides PowerSafe safety training for certification through the Alliance Safety Council.

Southeast Arkansas College Workforce Development Center (WDC) is an approved Pearson VUE® testing site to proctor Paramedic and EMT exams through the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), and GED series assessments.

Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) - An Arkansas CRC is a portable credential based upon completion of pre-assessments and lessons in the Career Ready 101® instruction system, followed by the WorkKeys® job skills assessment. The CRC credential demonstrates to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st-century jobs. The Arkansas CRC program uses results from the WorkKeys® assessments to award certificates in four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.