by WJ on Jun 19, 2017 at 4:35 PM

The host of Speak Up Arkansas, Paul Kelly, recently highlighted the topic of workforce development as part of his regular broadcast on  KABF 88.3 FM, “The Voice of the People.” Speak Up Arkansas is underwritten by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. The talk radio show is dedicated to covering issues like health care, education, juvenile justice, the state budget, and family and economic security.

The Executive Director of the Little Rock Workforce Development Board, W. J. Monagle, participated in a panel discussion  with three other local workforce development leaders: Randy Zook, President and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; Roger Rich, Superintendent of Southside Schools; and Cindy Varner, Vice President of Workforce Development with Goodwill of Arkansas.

Panel members discussed economic trends that affect workforce development, programs that address the needs of job seekers and employers, and community partnerships that drive success in vocational training and sustainable employment.

Economic Trends

Less than 40 years ago, nearly 75% of jobs in the United States could be filled by workers with no more than a high school education in industries like manufacturing, farming, mining, transportation, and construction. By 2022, the U. S. will lack 11 million workers with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or credentials to meet job demands. Arkansas has significant workforce development needs to assist adults over 25 with no college degree, especially as aging workers retire.

Program “Success Stories”

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board coordinates programs for adults, youth and dislocated workers through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well grant-funded programs like YouthBuild, which helps at risk youth obtain a G. E. D. and vocation training. Southside Schools sponsors Project Future Story, which exposes students to career possibilities that match their interests from “pre-K through career.” Goodwill of Arkansas is launching a charter school for adults without a high school diploma in addition to regular career center offerings like resume writing and interview preparation.

Community Partnerships

Partnerships across local communities are required to help individuals overcome barriers to find and sustain employment. A viable network of employment and job-driven training programs includes roles for business, government, non-profits, and other community entities to promote economic sustainability.

To listen to the radio broadcast in its entirety, you may download the mp3 file by clicking here:  Speak Up Arkansas.mp3



by WJ on Jun 6, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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Using a procurement process approved by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Little Rock Workforce Development (LRWDB) has selected Rescare Workforce Services as its One-Stop  Operator and program services provider. Rescare’s impressive record in Little Rock - achieving 9 of 9 performance measures for the past three years - gave its RFP submission a competitive advantage over other One-Stop Operator organizations.

ResCare Workforce Services is the nation’s most comprehensive provider of services and solutions designed to help put people to work. The organization’s combination of career center operations, Job Corps centers, schools, business services and family support functions are the largest for-profit collection of workforce solutions in the United States. With more than 350 ResCare-managed operations throughout the nation, a team of more 2,000 workforce professionals use the industry’s best practices to assist approximately 1 million job seekers and thousands of employers annually to help reduce poverty, crime and unemployment in the communities Rescare serves.


by WJ on Mar 21, 2017 at 10:57 AM
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The Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) is seeking proposals from eligible organizations or a consortium of eligible entities to provide One-Stop Operator Services and WIOA Title I Career Services for Adults, Youth, and Dislocated Workers.

The service delivery area is the City of Little Rock, AR located wholly within Pulaski County, AR. The LRWDB oversees the comprehensive One-Stop Center located in Little Rock, AR at 5401 S. University Avenue.

You can review the RFP for this contract opportunity at

An intent to reply notice is due March 31, 2017. Proposals must be submitted by April 12, 2017. The Letter of Intent to Propose and the proposal must be received at:

LRWDB Administrative office

5401 S. University Ave., Suite 146

Little Rock, AR 72209

If you have questions regarding this Request for Proposals or any WIOA or local policies or requirements, please contact W.J. Monagle (501-683-3843 or Please e-mail Janet Davis at to receive the Proposal Forms in WORD (EXCEL for Budget).


by WJ on Mar 20, 2017 at 5:11 PM
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March is a busy month for the Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB)! Our recent name change means we need a new website!

You can view the old website at It could use some updating, right?

Web design professionals, you are invited to submit a proposal for our Website Design and Hosting project worth up to $10,000!

You can review the RFP for this project at

RFP responses must be submitted by April 7, 2017 to:

Little Rock Workforce Development Board

Attn: W. J. Monagle, Executive Director

5401 S. University Ave., Ste. 146

Little Rock, AR 72209

We anticipate that the provider whose proposal is the best solution for our project will be selected on May 1, 2017.

Potential contractors should address any questions regarding the RFP to the Selection Team Facilitator, Becky Parkerson, at


by WJ on Mar 20, 2017 at 5:04 PM
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The Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s (LRWDB) recent name change means we need a new logo!

 Here’s our OLD logo:


 Ugh, Right?

 So we came up with an even worse one!


We Need Your Help!!!

You can view the request for proposal (RFP) for our Logo Design project worth up to $3,000 at

RFP responses must be submitted by April 7, 2017 to:

Little Rock Workforce Development Board

Attn: W. J. Monagle, Executive Director

5401 S. University Ave., Ste. 146

Little Rock, AR 72209

We anticipate that the provider whose proposal is the best solution for our project will be selected on May 1, 2017.

Potential contractors should address any questions regarding the RFP to W. J. Monagle, Executive Director, at email at


by WJ on Feb 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The Little Rock YouthBuild program is underway for 2017!

If you’re interested in an exciting career- and life-building experience, come to the Arkansas Workforce Center at Little Rock during the week of February 6 or February 13 and check out Mental Toughness!

The Mental Toughness phase of the program is a key milestone in identifying youth who will become part of the first of two YouthBuild cohorts planned for this year. Mental Toughness activities include:

·        Introductions to career options from actual practitioners

·       Personal assessments

·       Trust and team-building exercises

·       Leadership styles

·       Physical exercise

YouthBuild is part of the Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s (LRWDB) ongoing efforts to help youth in acquiring a GED and industry recognized and accredited certifications in in-demand career pathways like:

·        Construction

·        Industrial equipment technology

·        Home caregiver

·        Certified nursing assistant

·        Commercial truck driving

For more information on the Little Rock YouthBuild program, please contact:

Melissa Mitchell

YouthBuild Program Director

Arkansas Workforce Center at Little Rock

5401 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72209

501.320.3057  Office

501.319.4592 Cell

501.537.0729 Fax





by WJ on Feb 1, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Little Rock residents can receive free tax return assistance at this annual event, which takes place the day before the Super Bowl.

Super Saturday is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building. While reservations are not required, those wishing to secure a time may call 501-682-0228.

Participants can also check to see whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax credit. The Earned Income Tax Credit is for low- to moderate-income workers. According to the IRS, four out of five eligible workers, self-employed people, and farmers claim and receive their Earned Income Tax Credit. This year, married couples with incomes of $53,505 or less from wages, self-employment or farming might qualify for the EITC. Many workers may also qualify for other tax credits. 

“So many residents qualify who may not even know it,” Mayor Mark Stodola said. “It’s worth it to find out, because the EITC helps working families and boosts economic development by injecting those funds back into our community.”

Organizations like the City of Little Rock, the Arkansas Workforce Development Board, Entergy Arkansas, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Central Arkansas Development Council work as part of the EITC Coalition to empower families and grow our communities. In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has recognized Entergy's Super Tax Day initiative as the best economic empowerment program in the country.”

The theme for this year’s Super Saturday is the resurgence of refund anticipation loans, which are interest bearing loans and not a quicker way of receiving refunds from the IRS.

To help preparers accurately determine EITC eligibility and prepare returns, individuals should bring the following items, and both spouses must be present to sign joint returns:

  • Photo proof of identification
  • Social Security cards for themselves, their spouse and all dependents claimed
  • All income statements including forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld. Self-employed participants will need records of all their income
  • All records of expenses including tuition, mortgage interest or real state taxes. Self-employed participants will need records of all their expenses
  • Copies of their prior year federal and state returns, if available
  • Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of their refunds
  • Dependent child care information, including name and addresses of those who were paid for the services, including caretaker’s Social Security Number or other tax identification number.

by WJ on Jan 25, 2017 at 11:20 AM

On Thursday, February 2, 2017 the Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) and Human Resource Management Association of Arkansas (HRMA) will present a luncheon and workshop entitled “Workforce Readiness: Advanced Manufacturing.” Please make plans to attend this informative and exciting event!

Date, Time, and Location:

On February 2, 2017 the  event runs from 9:00 a.m. 11:30 p.m. with the luncheon held from 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at Next Level Events, Genesis Room 3, 1400 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Workshop Overview

The technology-intensive advanced manufacturing jobs of the 21st century require targeted production and logistics skills and knowledge. Companies must compete for in-demand employees with the credentials and skills of the “Industrial Athlete of the Future.”

The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) offers an industry-led, training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The two MSSC Systems are based upon industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards and provide individuals an opportunity to demonstrate acquired skills in advanced manufacturing roles.

PACE Industries, in Harrison, Arkansas, is one company that has very successfully implemented this program to create a pipeline of advanced manufacturing talent. The program addresses core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Credentials are awarded to individuals who pass any of the four modules based on the scores provided for the secondary market.

Attendees will learn:

How this program works

How to implement a program

Who and what companies can benefit from this program

How we can expect education and business to change in Arkansas


Presenters include:

Ethan Robinson, Workforce Coordinator at Pace Industries

Neil Reddy, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council

The Honorable Shane Broadway, Vice-President for University Relations for the Arkansas State University System

Registration and Fees

Fees (including all materials) are $45 for the Seminar & Lunch. Fees for the Luncheon Program Only are HRMA Members: $22 and Guests: $25.

Please include the Registration form from the Workforce  Readiness: Advanced  Manufacturing brochure with your payment: Workforce Readiness Trifold.pdf (498.22 kb)




by WJ on Nov 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On October 17, 2016 the Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s (LRWDB) Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, and WIOA Project Director, Farrah Hammond, attended the Arkansas Rehabilitation Business Summit. The theme of the summit, “Inclusion Works and Improves Your Business Bottom Line,” illustrates the event’s focus on hiring persons with a disability.

The keynote speakers, Randy Lewis, Founder and President of the Nogwog Fund and retired Senior Vice President of Walgreens, and James Ashworth, Managing Director Customer Support for Southwest Airlines, made a "Business Case for Hiring People with Abilities." Panel discussions emphasized “Moving Beyond Diversity to Active Inclusion” and “Unconscious Biases.” Breakout sessions highlighted topics like “Access & Accommodations” and “Sensitivity & Disability Etiquette.”

The summit was sponsored by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education. The LRWDB is pleased to partner with ARS to provide opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities to lead productive and independent lives. For more information, you may view the program flyer: ARS Business Summit 10-17-16.pdf (134.94 kb).


by WJ on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:55 AM

On October 12, 2016 Medlinc, Inc. held a graduation ceremony  for its newest class of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). A CNA is a leading healthcare profession with growth opportunities as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN).

The Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, and several members of the Arbor E&T staff were in attendance. Graduates included six participants in Little Rock’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and YouthBuild programs. Arkansas Children’s Hospital hosted the graduation ceremony.