Embracing The Technical Professions

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Technical professions allow students to avoid student loan debt, enter the workforce sooner and secure a well-paying salary job that is virtually recession proof. And did we mention that employees are sorely needed in Arkansas? Check out how you can benefit from local companies and colleges promoting the tactile intelligence jobs that our state so desperately needs filled:

1. Arkansas Electric Cooperatives and Entergy Arkansas partnered with other utility companies, construction contractors, state agencies and community colleges to form the Arkansas Energy Workforce Consortium, which has already launched a new certified line worker training program. The six-month program will provide training and certification for students to enter a variety of lineman occupations. To qualify for the program, students must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and be comfortable working at heights of up to 40 feet.

2. Black River Technical College is offering high school students the education for a career immediately after high school! Their free Technical Opportunities and Pathways for Secondary Students program allows students to graduate with their high school diploma and a BRTC degree, which means they’re ready for the workforce. Juniors and seniors at participating high schools are eligible to apply for the program, which offers pathways in welding, industrial electricity, machine tools and allied health.

3. TechForce Foundation has launched a campaign to help provide an ongoing stream of qualified technicians to the national vehicle repair business. The campaign’s goal is to provide students with after-school programs, clubs and activities, mentors and experiences that can connect them with the prosperous technical career opportunities they may not have considered. Check them out to see what technical careers stem from your interests and aptitudes!