July 11, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Higher Education awarded a $923,842 grant to the University of Arkansas Global Campus to expand its IT Readiness Initiative to help train workers and fill skills gaps identified by industry in Northwest Arkansas. This is the third grant the program has received since its start in 2015.
The grants allow the Global Campus to offer IT training at discounted rates for Arkansans. This helps area job-seekers and employees afford to gain new IT skills and provides employers with more job-ready candidates. Key industry partners – including RevUnit, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and Wal-mart Stores Inc. – have provided hands-on instruction for the IT Readiness Program.
“Our network of industry experts and educational partners have played a vital role in the continuation and growth of the IT Readiness Program,” said Tara Dryer, director of training, corporate development and academic outreach. “This third grant empowers the Global Campus to add new information technology training to our current program line-up.”
The Global Campus launched the IT Readiness Initiative with entry-level programs after receiving its first Regional Workforce Planning Grant of $48,954 in 2015. A second grant from the Department of Higher Education in 2016, for $851,062, enabled Global Campus to add advanced training workshops.
So far, more than 40 people have earned entry-level certificates, and another 22 are completing those certificate programs this summer. More than 70 people participated in “up-skill” workshops, including User Experience and Tech Leader to Tech Expert workshops.
The Global Campus is currently scheduling entry-level programs that offer certificates in back-end, front-end, Java and mobile development. The next application deadline is Aug. 10, with classes starting Aug. 20.
Online enrollment is also open for advanced workshops, including the Amazon Web Services Certification Program, starting July 17, and Introduction to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, starting July 31.
New programming under the new grant will be based on workforce needs and current skills gaps …