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Career and Technical Education: Arkansas Career Education

Arkansas Career Education (ACE)

ACE oversees career and technical education programs in the secondary schools, secondary area career centers, adult and youth apprenticeship programs, two postsecondary technical institutes and the vocational technical school within the Department of Correction, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, and adult education programs. ACE also works with the Veterans Administration to approve state educational programs for veterans’ benefits.

ACE provides
educational programs and services to accomplish the following:

  • to provide both youth and adults the necessary academic and technical skills for entry-level jobs
  • to offer Arkansans of all ages the options to pursue a wide range of career choices
  • to ensure that workers have the foundation for lifelong learning that will allow them to enhance their existing skills and also to learn new skills in response to the current and future demands of a rapidly changing workplace
  • to assist individuals with disabilities in becoming productive citizens and workers
  • to supply employers with validation of skills through national certifications and licenses

Career Readiness Certification

An Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate is a portable credential based upon the WorkKeys® assessments that demonstrates to employers that you possess the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. Getting a CRC will allow you to show prospective employers that you possess the basic skills they are looking for.

The best part, it’s FREE to you!


Contact Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
 Hot Springs Local Office
2254 Albert Pike Road, Suite A
Hot Springs, AR 71913-7290

Telephone Number:
501-525-3450

College and Career Ready