Two Arkansas organizations have received funding for job training support and employment opportunities through the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).
The DRA has awarded grants to 13 organizations throughout its operational footprint through its Delta Workforce Grant Program. Restore Hope, Inc. of Little Rock and Southeast Arkansas College of Pine Bluff were the two Arkansas organizations to receive grants.
In total, the two organizations received $280,000, with Southeast Arkansas College receiving $150,000 and Restore Hope Inc. getting $130,000. The DRA awarded $1.6 million to all 13 organizations.
Southeast Arkansas College will utilize the grant to develop a certificate program in supply chain transportation technology that is designed to prepare students for commercial truck licensure. Officials expect the program to impact 45 students and place them in the pipeline for the transportation and logistics industry.
The second grant, awarded to Restore Hope Inc., will be used to create a recovery-to-work program in White County for those affected by substance use disorder. This program is expected to train 16 individuals for careers in the metal fabrication industry.
“As our economy continues to recover in Arkansas, it is important to create ecosystems that support industry-driven workforce development,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell said in a statement. “Restore Hope, Inc. and Southeast Arkansas College both demonstrated a commitment to building a skilled workforce in Arkansas by collaborating with industry partners to develop innovative strategies that will ultimately strengthen the region’s economic outlook.”
Through the Delta Workforce Grant Program, organizations received grants ranging from $76,800 to $150,000. To qualify for the program, applicants were required to have at least one employer partner looking to hire more skilled workers for in-demand industries and to assist communities impacted by job losses and other factors.