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The Arkansas Department of Career Education (ACE) (Link is http://ace.arkansas.gov) is a state agency that oversees career and technical education programs in the secondary schools, secondary area career centers, adult and youth apprenticeship programs, two postsecondary technical institutes and the vocational technical school within the Department of Correction, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, and adult education programs.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) is a state agency that coordinates the activities of colleges in Arkansas, except for technical colleges, which are coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Career Education.
All Participants
For purposes of calculations of performance measures required for a WIA eligible training provider, a participant is defined as: (1) For four-year programs, the number of students who were enrolled as juniors one year prior to the reporting period. (2) For three-year programs, the number of students who were enrolled as freshmen two years prior to the reporting period. (3) For two-year programs, the number of students who were enrolled as freshmen one year prior to the reporting period. (4) For one-year programs, the number of students who were enrolled during the reporting period. Students who complete one program and continue their education in another program (e.g., transfer from a two year school to a four year school, obtain a Technical Certificate and proceed to an Associate Degree) should not be counted until they exit their training.
The Arkansas Workforce Development Board (AWDB) advises the Governor in the planning, evaluation, and coordination of all Workforce activities across all state and local agencies. It also advises the Arkansas State Legislature regarding Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act legislation.
A degree received upon completion of a program of study at a community or technical college, associate-degree granting university or qualified private career school. Traditionally, Associate degrees require two years of full-time training to achieve.
Award Level
A certificate or degree to mark the level of training received.
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A degree received upon completion of a program of study at a university or college. Traditionally, a baccalaureate or bachelor's degree requires four years of full-time education. Also known as a Bachelor's.
The cost of books and supplies per applicant for the entire course of study.
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The Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) is a U.S. Department of Education system used to standardize coding of programs of study and courses for postsecondary schools. Each program, major or course in ACRS corresponds with its CIP.
A document issued by a training provider to a program completer that serves to provide proof of training. The duration of the program might be less than two years, more than a two-year associate degree but less than a baccalaureate degree, or that required for a post-baccalaureate certificate.
Certification Effective Date
Date this training program was certified as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2015.
Certification Expiration Date
Date that certification expires for this training program. As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2015, the training provider must apply each year to be recertified and to remain on Arkansas' Statewide List of Eligible Training Providers.
Certifying Board
The Local Workforce Development Board(s) that has approved a program thus placing it on the Statewide List of Eligible Training Providers.
A postsecondary school that may be independent, part of a system, or part of a university. Colleges can offer different types of awards, including Certificate, Associate, and Baccalaureate.
Community College
A community college serves the local area around it (it does not have campuses across the state). Community colleges offer Certificate and Associate level programs of study.
Contact Hour
A unit of measure that represents an hour (minimum of 50 minutes in a 60 minute period) or scheduled instruction given to program participants. (Also referred to as Clock Hour).
A class, usually semester-long, that teaches a specific subject. Coherent sequences of courses form a program.
Credit Hour
A unit of measure representing an hour of instruction per week over a 15-week period in a semester or trimester system or 10-week period in a quarter system.
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Department of Workforce Services
The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is a state agency that oversees most issues related to employment in Arkansas, from job training and job search assistance to labor market research and analysis and UI wage data collection. The Department of Workforce Services has facilities across Arkansas to assist job seekers and employers.
The US Department of Labor (DOL) is a federal agency responsible for preparing the US workforce for new and better jobs and ensuring the adequacy of US workplaces. DOL is responsible for protecting workers' wages, health and safety employment and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; strengthening free collective bargaining; and collecting and analyzing labor and economic statistics.
A level of academic achievement that traditionally takes two or more years to earn. There are different levels of degrees, including Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, Specialist, Doctorial, or First Professional degree.
The highest award a student can earn for graduate (post-baccalaureate) study
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The Employment & Training Administration (ETA) is part of the U.S. Department of Labor
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The Federal Interagency Commission on Education assigns a unique code to each postsecondary school and training institution in the United States; it's a school code.
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Labor Market Information describes both supply and demand in the world of work. It includes what types of jobs are needed now and in the future, how many people are employed and in which occupations, and how much they earn. Knowing the labor market for your region, state, and county can help you decide which occupations are likely to be in demand in your area.
Local Workforce Development Board
A Local Workforce Development Board plans and implements programs to create a skilled, productive workforce able to meet regional employers' needs. There are currently 10 boards in Arkansas.
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Method of Instruction
The method in which program instruction is delivered; how a program is taught.
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The Occupational Career Information (OCI) Section of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services provides career and educational information to Arkansans.
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This is the training provider's main phone number. For referral to specific offices or services, contact the provider.
Postsecondary education refers to education beyond high school, including community college, technical colleges, universities, colleges that offer baccalaureate degree and higher, and private technical schools, as well as certified apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Postsecondary education and training can be provided in traditional classrooms, at worksites, and/or via distance learning facilities.
Private School
An Arkansas school that receives no funding from state, local, or federal tax revenues.
Private Career School
A private career school (also known as trade school or proprietary school) seeks to prepare students for immediate hire in specific occupations after they graduate. It usually offers Certificate or associate degrees. Some schools focus on only one type of occupation or industry; others offer a wide range.
Program Cost

The cost information displayed on this list represents only the total dollar amount, per student, for in-district/in-state tuition and required fees for the program or course. Additional costs may apply, including expenses for out-of-district or out-of-state tuition, non-required fees, books, equipment, materials and supplies, tools, uniforms or living expenses.

In addition, a student's total cost of training may be affected by the program length, enrollment status (part-time versus full-time), residence status (in-district/in-state versus out-of-district/out-of-state), housing arrangements or the availability of additional financial assistance.

Public refers to public funding. A public college or university receives funding from local, state, or federal taxes.
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Reporting Period
The required time period used by training providers to report performance data for WIOA certification of a program.
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In ACRS, school refers to any postsecondary institution of learning, including public and private colleges and universities, as well as private career schools and job training programs, that chose or were required to participate.
State Board of Private Career Education
The State Board of Private Career Education certifies most non-collegiate private postsecondary education institutions in Arkansas.
In ACRS, student refers to anyone enrolled in an education or training program.
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Course or program designed to prepare students for employment in a career field. Also refers to the type of college that offers such courses and programs. Technical colleges offer Certificate and Associate level programs of study.
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The Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage records indicate how much employers paid each employee during a given quarter of the year. Most employers are required to report these earnings, facing stiff penalties if they fail to respond accurately. These wage figures determine how much unemployment compensation people receive if they lose their jobs. Not everyone's wages fall under the auspices of UI laws. Those who are self-employed and those who work for certain not-for-profit organizations or family farms often do not have their wages reported to the UI division of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services dws.arkansas.gov.
A university consists of a number of colleges, such as the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Business, etc. A university generally offers 4-year degrees (Baccalaureate) and above.
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