The Director’s Chair: October 2022

The Director's Chair

I WANT TO jump ahead a month and make all of you aware of a very special National Apprenticeship Week coming up November 14-18, during which a number of events, both live and virtual, will take place throughout the state. This will be a time to celebrate those Arkansans who have completed a Registered Apprenticeship Program, as well as those employers who have partnered with us to hire these apprentices.

We at ACDS would like to encourage employers statewide to participate in any and all of these events, and if you would like to host one of them, we can help you plan it. Registered Apprenticeship Programs can be nothing less than life changing for the incredible pathways into new and exciting IT careers that they open for so many people in our communities. 

Here is the current schedule:


Employer Forumā€”The Apprenticeship Model

Virtual: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Day in the Life

Virtual: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


120-Day Cybersecurity Sprint Celebration

Virtual Statewide; live in Little Rock: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rural LISC & TPM: Thomas P. Miller and Associatesā€“all sectors

Little Rock: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Webinar: Apprenticeships at the Intersection of Capability & Opportunity

Virtual: 3 to 3:30 p.m.


Advanced Energy: AAEA Apprenticeship Signing Day

Virtual: 10 to 11 a.m.

ACDSā€“DRA Grant: ā€œScale Up and Scale Outā€“5 Countiesā€

Virtual: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Shiloh Technologies – Tour and Apprentice Celebration Private: 9 a.m. to 12 noon


TITAN Celebration

Virtual Statewide: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ACDS Talent Team Webinar

Virtual: 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Healthcare: Office of Skills Development Webinar

Virtual: 11 to 11:45 a.m.


Transitions Overwatch: Veterans in the Arkansas Workforce

NWA: 10 to 11 a.m.

Company Specific Apprenticeship Graduation

Bentonville: 3 to 4 p.m.

Check out our website (, as other events may be added.

–Bill Yoder,

Executive Director