“The WORC grant will provide crucial funding to expand industry-informed technical education opportunities for our region, ” said Dr.
“For rural communities to be competitive today, we must ensure economic development and skills development go hand in hand, ” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman
Ozarka's Regional Workforce Opportunity for
“This is an exciting time for
The ORWORC initiative will advance a regional pipeline for new entrants to the workforce as well as dislocated and incumbent workers. Specifically, the project will deliver workplace readiness training, offer industry credentialing opportunities, and provide work-based learning experiences.
The federally supported project is officially underway as of
“This is a powerful opportunity for technical education in the
The federal award comes on the heels of a pandemic-stalled capital campaign for Ozarka's new technical center in
“After the pandemic hit, pursuing other streams of funding was our only option to continue our fundraising efforts for the Carpenter Center, ” continued Wilson. “We are thankful to all our constituents who got this ball rolling and are thrilled to be able to continue expanding technical opportunities at Ozarka without further delay. “
For more information about the Ozarka Regional Workforce Opportunity for