Director’s Chair: February 2021

A headshot of an old white man with white hair on the sides of his head wearing glasses, a black suit jacket, and a blue and white checkered shirt on the Director's Chair announcement.

I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE to read Jim Morgan’s piece announcing the new publication ITARKANSAS, a magazine for younger Arkansans who might be interested in an IT career. The magazine is aimed at high school students, their guidance counselors, and their parents. It will also be distributed to college campuses throughout the state.

ACDS has been, and will continue to be, focused on spending time with Arkansas employers to understand the demand for IT talent and the specific skills required for each employer. However, the vision of ACDS also includes being a catalyst on the talent supply side, and that needs to start as early in the education process as possible. ITARKANSAS is a step in that direction. With the tagline “Your Guide to All Careers Tech,” the magazine emphasizes the many advantages of an IT career and outlines the various pathways to find that career right here in Arkansas.

If you would like your own copy of ITARKANSAS, please email your name and address to and we’ll get one out to you. We would also like your feedback, so let us hear from you.

Bill Yoder,

Executive Director