When education institutions form partnerships that help more students earn the degrees and certificates employers need, they can build a stronger workforce that transforms communities, regions, and states.
The Southern Arkansas Regional Alliance (SARA) is a partnership between National Park College, College of the Ouachitas, and Henderson State University that makes it possible for more residents to obtain the education required to start high-skilled jobs that pay family-supporting wages. Spanning three communities, SARA makes it simple for students to earn vocational and technical certifications during high school, complete two-year degree programs in less time, and transfer to four-year institutions. This alliance is making Southeast Arkansas a national model for what it takes to increase the number of skilled workers within a region.
Watch this video to find out how three higher education institutions are putting Southeast Arkansas on the map for workforce and economic development.
In 2016, we visited 17 communities across Arkansas to answer one incredibly important question: "We Expect More of ourselves, our communities, and our state's future...so what are we going to do about it?"
A year after launching Expect More Arkansas, we're sharing how communities, organizations, and businesses across Arkansas expect more of our state's future and how they are taking action to ensure every resident has access to a high-skilled job that pays a family-supporting wage.