Colleges meeting the skills gap needs of Arkansas

 
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CAD/CAM DRAFTER
MARCO TORRES CARRANZA*

Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting & Design from Arkansas State University - Beebe

Employed by Cedar Creek LLC in North Little Rock

“Growing up poor, the idea of paying for [a four-year college degree] seemed too far away. [This] was affordable, and I’m not in any kind of debt. I saw the opportunity to make good money without numerous years of schooling.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) make $61,673
Average Wages in Arkansas are $36,790 annually and $17.6 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas State University - Beebe
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College

 
 
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INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE
MELISSA ROGERS*

Currently pursuing an associate degree at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville

Employed by Tyson Foods-Noel Complex in Noel, Missouri

“One of the major things that surprised me most is how quickly I am moving up the chain at the young age of 19. Learning a trade and [specific] skills will take you far.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) make $124,219
Median wages in the US are $67,918 and $20.98 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University - Newport
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College
University of Arkansas Cossatot
University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana

Growing by 1,810 jobs in Arkansas by 2026

 
 
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WELDER
SHAWN RIDDLE*

Certificate in Welding from University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

Employed by Caterpillar in North Little Rock

“Welding is a great career…I was surprised by how many jobs there are for welders-a lot more than I thought…You will get to build some of the coolest products - from tire changers all the way to bridges built across the country.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) make $84,1118
Median wages in the US are $43,855 annually and $17.49 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University - Newport
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Heber Springs Campus)
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Ozarka College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College
University of Arkansas Cossatot
University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana

Growing by 5,680 jobs in Arkansas by 2026

 
 
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AUTOMATION & ROBOTICS
STEVEN POWELL*

Associate degree in Industrial Electronics from North Arkansas College, Harrison

Employed by Pace Industries in Harrison

“[This path] has allowed me to purchase and [remodel] a beautiful home, which I can turn around and sell later [to] purchase land to build my dream home. It has also allowed me to pay off bills that were piling up and to not have that burden anymore.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) earn $72,515
Median wages in the US are $51,804 annually and $21.78 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas State University Mid-South
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

A recent study revealed that, at the present pace, the industry faces a job shortage of 2 MILLION WORKERS over the next decade.

 
 
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MACHINIST
PHILIP BERNARD*

Technical Certificate in Computerized Machining Technology from Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)

Employed by Remington Arms Company in Lonoke

“I go to work every day enjoying what I do. There is a certain feeling of accomplishment every time I finish a part.”

High-End Earners (Top 10%) earn $76,085
Average wages in Arkansas are $40,610 annually and $19.52 hourly

Arkansas community colleges with training programs include:
Arkansas State University - Newport
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Arkansas State University - Beebe (Searcy Campus)
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana

280 job openings annually in Arkansas

 

*As seen in Arkansas Next, 2018

 

Workforce Development Success

Arkansas community colleges began with the goal of giving everyone in the state access to quality higher education and workforce training. The following students share life-changing experiences at their local community colleges.

 
 

In the News

Articles from various media outlets about community college contributions to economic development and workforce training.