State Receives Nearly $6 Million to Train Auto Workers in Eastern Arkansas

NOVEMBER 30, 2005 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The federal government has given Arkansas a grant of almost $6 million to train eastern Arkansas workers in auto manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing fields.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Governor Huckabee announced the grant at the state Capitol.  The money will be used to fund programs at four community colleges.  Those are Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville, East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City, Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, and Phillips County Community College, which has campuses in DeWitt, Helena and Stuttgart.

The money will allow high school students to take courses for college credit in fields such as hydraulics, pnuematics, electronics and other areas involved in manufacturing.  Similar training will be available to college-age students and older workers learning new skills.

The grant is part of President Bush's job training initiative.

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