Governor Announces “Ready For Life” Pilot Program in Russellville in Partnership with Arkansas Tech University
LITTLE STONE – Arkansas Tech University will partner with “Ready For Life” to strengthen the education and training of the River Valley workforce, Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Friday in a speech to the Russellville Chamber of Commerce.
‘Ready for Life’ is Governor Hutchinson’s initiative to connect job seekers, educators and employers to a one-stop job website that includes job postings as well as continuing education opportunities .
Governor Hutchinson commended the work of the House and the Russellville community to establish a workforce development team and strengthen workforce education and training.
Ready for Life Pilot Program
While speaking, the Governor announced a new partnership as part of his “Ready For Life” initiative with Arkansas Tech University and the broader Russellville business community. This pilot program will engage a whole community approach, include employers, high schools and local workers to increase employment opportunities.
“This pilot will begin right here in Russellville and include $ 4.2 million that will go to Arkansas Tech University to oversee this initiative and partnership.” Governor Hutchinson said during his speech in Russellville on Friday. “This is the first pilot of its kind, and I hope that with the success that will come here, we can further expand this initiative,” he said.
The program will enable high schools to increase training using the “Ready For Life” platform and help employers build the skilled workforce they need to be successful in business. The program will focus on teaching skills to underemployed and formerly incarcerated people.
Ready for life
The mission of “Ready For Life” is to prepare a ready-made, career-linked workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers.
The program provides a comprehensive system of education and workforce programs and services for high schools and businesses to use and develop their own plans to strengthen their community’s workforce.
The program helps identify future skill needs and develop training programs that meet community demand.
“Ready For Life will make it easier for employees and employers to find each other, and it will give business leaders a quick overview of the state of the Arkansas employee pool as they hire new jobs.” talents, ”Governor Hutchinson said when announcing the ‘Ready For Program Life’ program in January 2021.
Arkansas continues to develop best practices in employment education programs in all sectors of our economy.
You can find out more about the “Ready for Life” program. HERE.
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