Pryor, Lincoln, Berry, Snyder, Ross Announce $62K for Job Training, Education for Disabled Workers Senators Pryor and Lincoln and Representatives Berry, Snyder and Ross announced that Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will receive a $61,949 grant
PoliticalNews.me - Oct 19,2010 - Washington – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry (AR-01), Vic Snyder (AR-02) and Mike Ross (AR-04) announced that Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, will receive a $61,949 U.S. Department of Education grant to provide distance education opportunities for their employees, who are tasked with job training, education and other services for the disabled.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will use its funds to purchase video-conferencing and other computer equipment to establish a distance education program for counselors and business relations representatives at 19 field offices throughout Arkansas. Training will help rehabilitation professionals complete continuing education requirements and enhance the quality of services for disabled clients throughout the state. Arkansas Rehabilitation Services provides education, job training and placement opportunities to disabled individuals living in Arkansas.
In the last year, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services has placed more than 2,600 disabled individuals into jobs.
“This funding will enhance continuing education options for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services employees and support critical education and job training programs that help the disabled secure employment,” Lincoln said. “It is critical that we invest in our workforce and expand job opportunities for Arkansans.”
“Education and job training can enable individuals with disabilities to find good employment and become self-sufficient. These federal dollars will help staff members at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services gain the skills they need to better serve Arkansans with disabilities,” Pryor said.
“In order for us to provide the best job opportunities possible for disabled Arkansans we need to first ensure that the funding is there for better education and training,” Berry said. “I am happy to see we are putting the investments needed in education that will help give a better quality of work and life to more Arkansans.”
“This funding will create and save jobs in Arkansas at a critical time,” Ross said. “I am proud to help announce this investment in Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. This funding will help provide our local businesses and communities with qualified, reliable and experienced workers.”
“We are extremely appreciative of our congressional delegation's leadership in assisting Arkansans living with a disability and for their help securing this funding that will ensure that our vocational rehabilitation staff attain professional growth opportunities and training that promise better outcomes for the people we serve,” said Robert Trevino, Commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. “There is a high rate of unemployment among Arkansans with disabilities, and we are committed to changing that by helping them obtain meaningful employment throughout our state.”