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Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project
Training to Meet Workforce Needs Across the State
The Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project can help you enter or thrive in the workplace by providing free, short-term, job training online. You choose the type of training you need from 15 career fields offered through the University of Arkansas. A grant from the U.S. Department of Education covers the training costs for those who qualify.
While training is a significant investment of your time, upgrading your skills and knowledge provides a pathway to higher income and job stability.
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
To apply for free training through Reimagine Arkansas, you will need to complete an online application and provide the support documentation listed below. Eligible applicants will receive an email with more information about the program and how to register for training programs.
The support documentation is used to confirm you are an Arkansas resident or work in Arkansas, are 18 years of age or older, have registered for Selective Service (if male), and are eligible to work in the United States.
After you apply, the Global Campus Professional and Workforce Development team will contact you by email to help you register and get started with your training.
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.
- Your Selective Service Card
- 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.
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.
Upon Successful Completion of a Training Program
When you successfully complete training...
- You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Arkansas, which you can list on a job application or resume.
- You can create a free, online resume – a certified SmartResume® – by iDatafy, an Arkansas-based data company. Your information and training will be shared in a talent registry that many businesses can use to search for job candidates. Businesses connected with iDatafy can search for prospective employees based on the skills and talent required for open positions. Employers that utilize this service include J.B. Hunt, Stephens Inc., ArcBest, Metova, Apptegy, Tyson Foods and many more.
- You can get assistance regarding resume writing, interviewing, and job-search references.
- Finally, you will receive information regarding further training programs or degree programs offered by the University of Arkansas.
If your training program prepared you for an industry or professional certification exam, you will pursue that separately.
We can answer questions about:
- The application process
- Choosing a training program
- Registering for courses
- Documenting training
- Writing a resume
- Searching for potential employers
About the Reimagine Grant
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 through August 2023 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.
The workforce project is designed to benefit Arkansans who need training to join or thrive in the workplace. Those 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 experiencing homelessness, are 55 years or age or older, previously incarcerated, have been paroled, or are on probation are encouraged to apply.