workforcetrainingguide 2016In addition to the traditional academic and occupational education available at South Arkansas Community College, SouthArk offers a variety of classes for either non-credit or college credit to provide job skills and safety skills in the workplace. Training is offered by open enrollment class at SouthArk or by customized contract training at SouthArk or the job site. SouthArk also works with groups of people to organize and manage a training program through the college such as the Electrical Apprenticeship Program for non-union companies and the South Arkansas C-Stop program (a partnership of seven companies in South Arkansas).

Open enrollment classes are offered throughout the week at various times and locations. Courses vary in length from a one-time meeting to a full semester. Customized contract training can be held at the request of one or more companies in a location and at a time of their choosing (subject to instructor and classroom availability). Instructors for all classes are chosen for their special expertise and come from area businesses and industries, the professional community, local government, the College's faculty, and retired citizens.

The Corporate Education department works with employers on writing grants to help fund training for employees. One of the most widely used is the EWTP (Existing Worker Training Program) grants available through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. In the El Dorado area, the main employers eligible for these grants are manufacturers and corporate offices located in El Dorado. Others are eligible by joining SAWTEC (South Arkansas Workforce Training and Education Consortium).

Corporate Education endeavors are a vital part of the business community, cooperating with and actively participating in the activities of the Chamber of Commerce; SAWTEC (South Arkansas Workforce Training and Education Consortium); South Arkansas Electrical Apprenticeship Program; South Arkansas C-Stop Program; government entities; economic development efforts, and workforce development projects. Employers interested in customized contract training may contact Sherri Whitehead at 870-864-8453 or email swhitehead@southark.edu.

Corporate Education Office Hours:

7:30 am  -  6:00 pm  Monday - Thursday
7:30 am - 12:00 pm  Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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