Under my leadership, the state has worked to implement a workforce initiative that includes private-public partnerships with industries, two-year colleges, technical colleges and high schools. And through these mutually beneficial partnerships, students can have access to a job after they graduate.
In today's economy, not everyone needs to invest in and attend a four-year college to achieve their version of the American Dream. The cost of earning a four-year degree is getting higher and higher each year, and it's taking longer for students to obtain. That's why Arkansas offers a variety of skilled career paths for young people entering the workforce.
Consider my hometown, the rural Northwest Arkansas town of Gravette. Less than five years ago, fewer than half the graduating class at Gravette High School planned on going to college or technical school. Today, however, after expanding the school's course offerings to better address the career needs of students, Gravette High School has three career-training programs targeting students who have a higher risk of dropping out and keeping kids in school. More Arkansas graduates increase the number of qualified, skilled workers available to fill positions at new or expanding businesses.