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Building better outcomes for Arkansans and communities with Skills to Launch!

Today’s youth need skills to help them survive and thrive in future economies. In 10 weeks, we get them ready with Skills to Launch new dreams and new careers.

To compete in today’s workforce, Arkansas youths need Skills to Launch!

An increasingly large percentage of high school graduates lack the technical and soft skills needed to be successful in today’s, much less tomorrow’s, job market. Skills to Launch is a 10-week intensive program, designed to provide skills training to youths 18-24 in a variety of interesting trades, such as industrial maintenance, commercial printing, construction, production welding, roofing, HVAC—and more.

This unique program establishes a highly-focused environment, structured with a combination of classroom instruction and independent study and is delivered as a series of multiple courses. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate.

Helping Arkansas youth will help our economy and our communities

The three broad goals of the Skills to Launch program:

  1. Offer youth skills training with a career path. Our program train young people to work not only on the technical skills of a task, but also those “soft, transferable skills” such as effective communication, resume building, goal setting, job readiness, team collaboration, and other skills necessary for youth to be competitive in the 21st century marketplace.
  2. Develop a skilled workforce. Top companies across the nation look for opportunity—states where a ready, skilled workforce are looking for jobs. 
  3. Strengthen community and economic development. Upon completion of the program, the jobs that program participants find will have living wages, with opportunities for advancement and pay raises. In turn, these employees will have stable homes and families, and contribute to the local community in significant ways, thus creating a multiplier effect in the North Little Rock community and surrounding communities where participants will work and live. 

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Establishing an equitable community requires organizations, businesses, and citizens to come together and offer solutions to the unique challenges already emerging in the world today and adapt to the ever-changing needs of tomorrow.

“The Office of Skills Development is excited to partner with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in providing this workforce training opportunity through the Skills to Launch initiative,” said Cody Waits, Director of the Office of Skills Development. “This program will provide an educational experience that combines professional development and technical skills training to young adults between the ages of 18-24 over a three-month period in areas that include welding, roofing, and other areas of construction.”

“UA-PTC Business and Industry Center (BIC) specializes in customized training for business and industry and this partnership with The Innovation Hub has allowed us to expand that role. We are very excited to fire-up our new state-of-the-art welding lab at BIC and provide a world-class training opportunity for these young adults,” said Sharon Cantrell, Director of Workforce Development & Community Education, UA Pulaski Technical College.

The program was made possible by seed funding from The Goldstein Family Foundation, Alter Trading Corporation, and Union Pacific Railroad.

Would you like to partner with us to build Arkansas’s skilled workforce? We’d love to hear from you!

Have questions about our program or want to get involved? Please use the form to the right. 

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The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is a proud affiliate of Winrock International.


Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
204 E 4th St
North Little Rock, AR 72114

(501) 907-6570



  • 9AM to 5PM on Mon - Friday