Adult Services

Career Readiness Training

Adult job seekers may work toward an Arkansas Career Readiness (CRC) Certificate, which covers basic workplace skills in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. You may pursue this portable credential through KeyTrain® instruction and the ACT WorkKeys® Assessment System.

Obtaining a CRC allows an individual to show prospective employers that he or she possesses the basic capabilities and soft skills required across in-demand industries and occupations. Even if a job seeker has a high school diploma, GED, or post-secondary degree, the Arkansas CRC further verifies that an individual can handle common tasks in today’s workplace.

Vocational education

Adult job seekers may pursue a variety of educational credentials that can help them be more competitive for in-demand jobs and occupations. In particular, the WAWDB seeks to assist you in obtaining nationally recognized certifications that lead to jobs in leading industries like:

  • Healthcare: Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Production Technician (CPT), Logistics Technician (CLT), Machinist (NIMS), Welder (AWS/CW)
  • Construction: Construction Crafts (NCCER), Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (HVAC)

Job placement services

The Western Arkansas Workforce Center’s and Arkansas Department of Workforce Services use Arkansas JobLink (AJL) to assist you in finding employment opportunities. Using AJL self-service features, you will be able to create your own Job Seeker Account that will give you the ability to:


  • Conduct a job search
  • Build an on-line resume
  • Register with job service
  • Receive emails on new job openings
  • Access additional details and job seeker services

Aren’t quite sure what you want to do? The Western Arkansas Workforce Center’s can offer you FREE career counseling to help guide you to a new job that suits you best through aptitude and interest assessments; program eligibility determination; and individual employment planning.

You may also be eligible for FREE supportive services like:


  • Childcare referrals
  • Housing referral
  • Self-service resource lab
  • Disability services
  • Medicaid information
  • Food stamp information
  • Transitional employment assistance
  • Unemployment insurance information
  • Child and adult protection services information
  • Voter registration services
  • Transportation information
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