Arkansas Department of Education receives $1.1 million-plus federal grant to fund workforce development

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A grant from the U.S. Department of Education will be used to fund career-connected programs for Arkansas students.

The $1,106,200 Perkins Innovation and Modernization, Career Connected High Schools grant to the Arkansas Department of Education was one of 19 made nationwide. The funding, announced Thursday, will be used to form partnerships with businesses to provide career programs for high-school students.

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Education officials said the program has four key goals: providing for postsecondary education and career guidance, increasing access to dual or concurrent enrollment programs, increasing work-based learning opportunities and providing industry-recognized credentials. It is part of the federal Unlocking Career Success program.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the program was transformative.

“We can transform the American high school experience and raise the bar for student engagement, achievement, and career-readiness in this country by providing all students with access to dual enrollment classes, work-based learning, industry credentials, and comprehensive career advising” Cardona said.

According to U.S. Department of Education officials, the Arkansas Department of Education was one of the 160 eligible application submitters from 43 states and the District of Columbia.

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Additional information on Perkins program initiatives may be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s Perkins website.

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