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Renewed Focus to Putting Arkansans to Work

Senator Jane English is supporting legislation to allow Arkansas Works Fast Track.

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A North Little Rock legislator once against the private option now supports it.

Senator Jane English said big changes are coming to workforce development in Arkansas in exchange for her private option vote.

English is calling on lawmakers to support Arkansas Works Fast Track.

It's a program that would connect Arkansas economic leaders and two-year colleges to train Arkansans for trade jobs that go unfilled.

Leaders said as many as 30,000 to 40,000 jobs are unfilled in the state because there's no training to do them.

Leaders hope lawmakers approve legislation to change that.

"Our hope is to identify the areas where we have the shortages, work with the college to develop the program, and utilize the resources we have to help them with upfront capital that sometimes is a barrier to being able to offer that program," said Shane Broadway, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

State leaders said there won't be much new funding to allow this project.

Much of it will be redirected from other programs to make way for this.

For a detailed outline of the “Arkansas Works Fast Track” initiative from Talk Business' Roby Brock, click here."
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