Little Rock — On Tuesday, Arkansas Adult Education, a division of Arkansas Department of Career Education (ARCareerEd) celebrated small businesses and mid-size and large corporations at the Champion for Arkansas’ Workforce press conference and awards presentation.

Governor Asa Hutchinson, ARCareerEd Director Dr. Charisse Childers and ARCareerEd Deputy Director Dr. Trenia Miles presented nearly twenty employers with the award.

Each company that received an award partners with Adult Education to hire graduates or utilizes the Adult Education workplace education program for their existing workforces.

“The commitment from businesses and corporations around Arkansas to employ Adult Education graduates strengthens Arkansas’ economy and creates a more diverse and dynamic workforce,” Director of Arkansas Department of Career Education Charisse Childers said. “This award ceremony highlights public-private partnerships that benefit all Arkansas communities.”

“The work that Adult Education centers do to help Arkansans be prepared for higher-wage and higher-skilled jobs would be pointless if employers were not committed to investing in their existing workforce or hiring Adult Ed graduates,” Arkansas Department of Career Education, Adult Education division Deputy Director Trenia Miles said. “Our partnerships are vitally important to creating a more educated workforce, and we are thrilled to celebrate these community champions.”

Companies that received the Champions for Arkansas’ Workforce award are:

Accent Plumbing
American Tubing, Inc.
Bright Technology
Brookridge Cove Rehabilitation & Care Center
Conway Corp
Galley Support Innovations
Green Bay Packaging - Arkansas Kraft Division
Harrison Police Department
Keytronic EMS
McCormick Works
Pepper Source
Rockin' Baker Academy
Schulze & Burch Biscuit Company
Simmons Prepared Foods
Superior Industries
TEC Staffing
Tyson Foods – Springdale
Tyson Foods – Waldron
Tyson Foods- North Little Rock
Van Buren County Library

In Arkansas, 528,611 or 18 percent of the population need Adult Education and training.

Arkansas Adult Education offers free services that provide academic and career-readiness training, including:

Adult Basic Education
Adult Secondary Education
Correctional/Institutional Education
English Language Acquisition
Family Literacy
General Educational Development (GED) Testing Services
Integrated Education and Training
Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE)
Workplace Education

For more information about Arkansas Adult Education and the Champion for Arkansas’ Workforce award contact Stephanie Jackson at 5014924900 or

Arkansas Adult Education, a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, prepares a job-ready, career-bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers.

Adult Education oversees 36 adult education programs and nine literacy councils, providing services to all 75 counties of the state.

For more information about Career Education and Adult Education, including locations and contact information for adult education programs around the state please visit