Dislocated Worker Training Programs

Dislocated Worker Training Online Programs



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University of Arkansas Professional and Workforce Development, the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, and the Northwest Arkansas Council have partnered to offer no-cost online training programs to qualified Arkansans who are underemployed or unemployed due to:

  • Business closure
  • Permanent Layoff
  • Relocating to accommodate a spouse who is a member of the Armed Forces
  • Is the dependent spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and whose family income is significantly reduced because of a deployment, a call or order to active duty, a permanent change of station, or the service-connected death or disability of the member
  • Natural or man-made disaster
  • Was previously self-employed (farmer, rancher, fisherman) but is now unemployed due to general economic conditions
  • Has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer being supported by that income
  • Disability
  • Lack a high school diploma or GED
  • Basic skills deficiency
  • Needs assistance in securing or holding employment 

Those who are currently collecting unemployment, are receiving government assistance (SNAP, TEA, Work Pays, Supplemental Social Security (SSI)), or otherwise determined to be low-income may also qualify.

Funding is available to pay for these online training programs, and individuals who qualify can complete courses at no cost. 

 

Who Qualifies?

There are many factors that can affect eligibility. The Arkansas Workforce Center will determine if an individual meets the criteria to receive funding. Any Arkansas resident who feels they may qualify is encouraged to apply.

 

  • 16 - 24 years of age
  • Not attending any school (public, private, parochial secondary school, or home school that meets the requirements for legal operation)
  • For whom one or more of the following applies:
    • A school dropout
    • Is within the age of compulsory school attendance (generally up to age 17) but has not attended for most of the last quarter year (3 months) of the school session
    • Has received a secondary school diploma or recognized equivalent who is low-income and is also either basic skills deficient or an English language learner
    • An offender
    • A homeless individual
    • A runaway
    • An individual in foster care that has aged out of the foster care system, or who has attained 16 years of age and left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption or in an out-of-home placement
    • Pregnant or parenting (a parenting individual may be a mother or father, custodial or non-custodial)
    • An individual with a disability
    • A low-income individual who requests additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program to secure or hold employment

Adults (18 years of age or older) who have lost their jobs due to one of the following:

  • Business closure
  • Layoff
  • Natural or man-made disaster
  • Was previously self-employed (farmer, rancher, fisherman) but is now unemployed due to general economic conditions
  • A spouse of a member of the Armed Forces or active duty who is out of work as a direct result of relocating to accommodate a permanent change or duty, or is unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise having trouble obtaining or upgrading employment

An individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who is:

  • Unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise having trouble obtaining or upgrading employment
  • Has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer being supported by that income
  • Is the dependent spouse  of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and whose family income is significantly reduced because of a deployment, a call or order to active duty, a permanent change of station, or the service-connected death or disability of the member

Additional information that may be used in determining if an individual qualifies for Displaced Worker funding include:

  • Age
  • Veteran of the Armed Forces (or Veteran Spouse)
  • Income
  • Currently collecting unemployment
  • Currently receiving government assistance (SNAP, TEA, Work Pays, Supplemental Social Security (SSI))

 

How to Apply

Interested individuals must apply through their local Arkansas Workforce Center. To find the Arkansas Workforce Center nearest you, see the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services website.

Contact your local Arkansas Workforce Center and let them know you wish to speak with a Career Advisor and apply for funding or a scholarship for training.

 

Items Needed to Complete Your Application

  • Valid Arkansas Driver’s License or State Issued Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Selective Service Registration Card (if applicable)
  • Documentation of layoff or business closure from your employer, or orders from Armed Forces (if applicable) 

Your Career Advisor will provide you with the application form and list of additional documentation that may be required.

FAQs

Any Arkansas resident who feels they may qualify is encouraged to apply.

Once you have submitted your completed application and all required documentation, you should hear from your Career Advisor with the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services within 1 week (5 business days).

There may be opportunities to take multiple classes. Your Career Advisor will address this with you.

You can contact:
Arkansas Division of Workforce Services
855-885-4440
adws.info@arkansas.gov

Yes, U of A Professional and Workforce Development course and programs are available to the public. Please view our complete listing of course options.

 

After You Have Submitted Your Application

  • An Arkansas Workforce Center Career Advisor will review your application and follow up with you as needed.
  • Once your application is approved, your Career Advisor will notify U of A Professional and Workforce Development.
  • A U of A Professional and Workforce Development staff member will contact you with instructions regarding how to register and begin your online training.

 

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