Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project

Reimagine Workforce Training


The Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project provides funding for qualifying individuals to complete online training at no cost in order to meet workforce needs across the state.


The U.S. Department of Education awarded a grant worth over $13 million to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board and the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services to fund the Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project. This state-wide coordinated effort is intended to benefit Arkansans who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Project partners include state agencies, U of A Global Campus Professional and Workforce Development, Shorter College, and iDatafy LLC.

The role of U of A Professional and Workforce Development is to develop and deliver short-term, online training programs for in-demand occupations. Successful completion of these training programs will help Arkansans return to or thrive in the pandemic-era workplace.


Applying for Funding

Who Should Apply

  • Arkansas residents (or residents of a neighboring state who work in Arkansas)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • If male, registered for Selective Service (if you are not registered, you can register before applying) or exempt
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Economically impacted by COVID

Arkansans who are unemployed, underemployed, are new to the workforce and/or have no work history, are a member of an underrepresented population, receive public assistance, reside in rural areas, are a veteran, are the spouse of a veteran, are homeless, are 55 years or age or older, previously incarcerated, have been paroled, or are on probation are encouraged to apply.

 

What You Will Need to Apply

  • A personal email account that is not provided by a school or employer. If you do not have a personal email account, you can create a free account at Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or the provider of your choice.
  • Documents confirming identity, residency, and eligibility to work in the U.S. All documents must be unexpired and signed (if applicable). These documents can include...
    • Passport, Driver’s License, other State ID, or Native American tribal document
    • Other proof of address that confirms your Arkansas residency (if different from ID)
    • Birth Certificate
    • Social Security Card
    • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card
    • INS Form
  • Selective Service Verification (for males born after 1960).
    • Your Selective Service Card
      If you do not have your Selective Service Card, verify your registration at www.sss.gov/verify.
    • Download a copy of your registration by selecting "Print an official Selective Service Registration Acknowledgement Letter" after entering the requested information.
    • If you are not registered, you can do so at www.sss.gov/register.
  • The ability to read and comprehend at an 8th grade level or above, typing skills, basic math skills, and fundamental computer skills.
  • Regular access to a computer with Windows 7 or later, or Mac OS, and a minimum of 8GB RAM.
  • Reliable internet access. 

Some training programs may require additional software. Further information will be provided once you have been qualified for funding and identify the training program you wish to complete.

 

Course Registration Process

Once your completed application with support documentation has been received, you will have the opportunity to select the training program that you wish to complete. Additional information regarding the program and registration instructions will be provided.

If you do not know which training program you wish to complete, you will have the opportunity to take an assessment to gauge your interests and aptitude. You may also speak with an adviser to further discuss which training program might be the best fit for you.

Upon Successful Completion of a Training Program

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Arkansas.

If your training program prepared you for an industry or professional certification exam, you will pursue that separately.

Participants will have the opportunity to create a free certified SmartResume®. This online service, provided by Arkansas based data company, iDatafy, allows you to demonstrate your accomplishments to employers. Additionally, iDatafy manages a talent registry that allows employers to help them identify, verify and hire new job talent by searching candidates based on job skill matching. Employers that utilize this service include J.B. Hunt, Stephens Inc., ArcBest, Metova, Apptegy, Tyson Foods and many more. 

Additional resume writing, interviewing, and job search references will also be provided.  Finally, participants will receive information regarding further training programs or degree programs offered by the University of Arkansas.

There are many documents which can be used to establish identity and eligibility to work. Depending on the document(s) you have available, you will upload one or two documents to establish these details. All documents must be unexpired and signed (if applicable).

Single documents that establish both identify and employment authorization include:

  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  • Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa
  • Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph (I-766)
  • For a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer because of his or her status, a foreign passport AND Form I-94 or Form I-94A that has the same name as the passport and an endorsement of the alien’s immigration status as long as that period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitation identified on the form
  • Passport from the Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI  

Documents that can be used together to establish identity and employment authorization. One document from the list below can be used to establish identity and one from the other list can be used to establish employment authorization. 

  • Acceptable identity documents:
    • Driver's license or ID card issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address
    • ID card issued by federal, state or local government agencies or entities, provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address
    • School ID card with a photograph
    • Voter's registration card
    • U.S. Military card or draft record
    • Military dependent's ID card
    • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
    • Native American tribal document
    • Driver's license issued by a Canadian government authority
  • Acceptable employment authorization documents:
    • A Social Security Account Number card, unless the card includes one of the following restrictions:
      • Not valid for employment
      • Valid for work only with INS authorization
      • Valid for work only with DHS authorization
    • Certification of Report of Birth issued by the Department of State (Forms DS-1350, FS-545, FS-240)
    • Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a State, county, municipal authority, or territory of the United States bearing an official seal
    • Native American tribal document
    • U.S. Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)
    • Identification Card for Use of Resident Citizen in the United States (Form I-179)
    • Employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security

It is a requirement of the grant that funds the Reimagine Project that names match on all identity and employment documents submitted in the application. Our staff is prepared for this situation and will be in touch with specific steps you can take to help us provide additional verification to address any differences in the names on your documents.

Any Arkansas resident (or resident of a neighboring state that works in AR) who feels they may qualify is encouraged to apply.

Once you have submitted your completed application and all required documentation, you should hear from us within 1 week (5 business days).

No, funding is only available for one training program per person. 

Once you have completed a training confirmation form, a member of the Reimagine Project staff will process your registration and send you an email when it is complete. You do not need to register for the training program on your own.

There is no deadline but a staff member will follow up with you in a few days after it was emailed to you if it has not been submitted. Notify a member of our staff if you have a specific enrollment date in mind.

Once you have submitted a training confirmation form, you cannot change the training program you are enrolled in. If you are still considering other training programs, it is recommended that you let a staff member know and wait before submitting a training confirmation form.

No, it is not recommended that trainings are taken on a mobile device like a phone or a tablet.

For online courses, you should have basic computer skills including the ability to type, open email attachments, download and upload files and images, and install new software on your computer. You should also have the following: 

  • Reliable access to a computer with Windows or Mac OS and minimum 8GB RAM 
  • Reliable access to the internet
  • Access to standard software such as word processing and spreadsheets, if required to complete coursework
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Some courses may require additional hardware or software or prerequisites (work experience, completion of an entry level course, etc.) Please see the course page for specific information about the course you are interested in.

This is not recommended. While the Reimagine Project cannot provide funding for technology or other materials, please contact our staff at training@uark.edu as we may be able to help identify other resources which could help.

Reimagine Project staff will check in on you occasionally during your training program. Some trainings do have online support and advising available. Please check the training details online for this information and contact training@uark.edu you have any questions.

You are welcome to contact training@uark.edu or the Reimagine Project staff member who assisted you with enrolling in the training program if you lost your log in credentials.

Some training programs have instructions to track time spent while completing modules and assignments. This is not required but can be a good tool to track your progress.

Not all training programs available through Global Campus Professional and Workforce Development are available through the Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project due to certain grant funding requirements. However, it is always worth asking whether a specific program is eligible to for Reimagine Project funding. Contact us at training@uark.edu and a member of our staff will follow-up with an answer.

Training program deadlines vary. Please refer to the information on the training program landing page for specific details. If you need assistance determining a specific deadline date, you can contact our staff at training@uark.edu.

Upon successful completion of your program, you will be provided with some post-training resources, including a SmartResume, and a Reimagine Project survey to complete.

Around one month after completing your training program you will be notified that your SmartResume is ready to be activated. iDatafy receives a roster of students who have completed their training each month.

Yes, individuals who currently work in Arkansas but live outside the state can apply to the Reimagine Project. You may be asked to submit additional documentation, such as a paystub or employment offer letter, to verify the current employer. Individuals who do not currently work in Arkansas and live outside the state are not eligible to apply to the Reimagine Project.

You can contact U of A Professional and Workforce Development at 479-464-5024 or training@uark.edu.

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

If you are interested in training programs offered by Shorter College, please visit their website. You must apply and register at the institution you wish to enroll with.

Requests for Accommodation

The University of Arkansas will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to participants. Applicants with a disability should note this on their application. Before being enrolled in a training program, participants should contact the University of Arkansas Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance to request an accommodation. In order to assess any request for a reasonable accommodation, the University may require a written document from a licensed physician or other health care provider certifying the nature and type of physical or mental disability prior to making any decision regarding the request for reasonable accommodation.


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