|Gerald Burton, Janet Harton East Instructor, and Buddy McCaskill|
Employers will sign up and agree to accept the certificates and consider the employees for available jobs. A company is not required to hire anyone but will hope to find qualified candidates for employment.
Mr. Zook provided information that indicated there are currently 1.57 million jobs in Arkansas. Over the next 10 years, it is estimated that another 148,000 jobs will be added and around 400,000 existing jobs will need new employees due to retirements. This means if nothing changes, there will be a need for 548,000 manufacturing and technical workers in Arkansas over the next 10 years. This does not count new jobs that may be brought to the state.
Called on to speak from the industry perspective was Bethany Burkart, Human Resources Manager for Potlatch Corporation. She stressed Potlatch's support for the program and urged all employers in the Warren area to get involved.
After the formal presentations, those in attendance broke into advisory teams to be briefed by the SEACBEC instructors and to offer ideas and opinions on ways to improve the various programs.
The committees consisted of: adult education, business, counseling,
|State Senator Eddie Cheatham|
The purpose of the initiative is to provide a more skilled workforce by utilizing the modules outlined in the ACT's National Career Ready Curriculum/Work Keys. The idea is to train workers for good paying, available jobs now and in the future.