2023 Newsletter Editions

USDOL Recognizes Arkansas’s Leadership in Developing Successful Registered Apprenticeship Programs. Three people standing behind a podium that says "Department of Labor."

USDOL Recognizes Arkansas’s Leadership in Developing Successful Registered Apprenticeship Programs

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Arkansas‚Äôs leadership in expanding successful apprenticeship programs was recognized at the 2023 Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap Grantee Convening, March 14-16, in Washington, D.C. hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL). ACDS Executive Director Bill Yoder and Apprenticeship Director Lonnie Emard were invited to share Arkansas Center for Data […]

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ACDS Extra: March 2023

THE POWER OF STORY Some thoughts on newsletters at our four-year mark James Morgan, Editor, ACDS Newsletter EDITORS, BY DEFINITION, should remain in the background, but this month‚Äôs newsletter is a milestone. We published the first ACDS newsletter four years ago this month‚ÄĒ49 consecutive editions‚ÄĒand I wanted to acknowledge a few people and tell you

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My Data Science: March 2023

A TALE OF DATA AND HUMANITY In which writer and subject are one and the same OpenAI Chatbot Editor‚Äôs Note: Amid the industry furor over the abilities of new and competing chatbots, we asked OpenAI‚Äôs ‚ÄúPlayground‚ÄĚ bot to tell us a relevant tale about technology and humans. Here, completed in under two minutes, is its

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The Director’s Chair: March 2023

LAST WEEK, THE U.S. Department of Labor hosted its ‚ÄúClosing the Skills Gap‚ÄĚ (CSG) conference in Washington, D.C., bringing together recipients of four-year DOL grants for Registered Apprenticeship development from all over the country. One-hundred-fifty people attended, including 24 grantees, many of them bringing four or five team members. The presentations and panel discussions covered

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Q & A with Casey Kinsey: March 2023

Casey Kinsey, CEO, Lofty IF YOU WERE ever fortunate enough to benefit from the kind guidance of a mentor, you’ll be interested in hearing the story of this month’s interviewee. Casey Kinsey, founder and CEO of Fayetteville’s Lofty, has made his philosophy of mentorship an integral part of his company’s talent development policy. We sat

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Q & A with Jon Chadwell: February 2023

Jon Chadwell, Executive Director, Newport Economic Development Commission Newport, AR A KEY WATCHWORD at ACDS is diversity. So when we heard about the Newport Economic Development Commission’s bold new plan to train long-untapped segments of their Northeast Arkansas population for careers, including in IT, we just had to sit down with Executive Director Jon Chadwell

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