Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do you need a high school diploma or GED to take a non-credit course?
Specific education levels are not required for most SEARK College WDC courses. The type of course in which you are enrolling and your experience are generally the criteria for determining eligibility. Any pre-requisites will be listed in course announcements. <Top>
How can I get a replacement CPR card?
CPR cards are purchased from the American Heart Association through the Southeast Arkansas Medical Information Center (SEAMIC). Contact their office at 4010 Mulberry Street, Pine Bluff, (870) 541-7627 for cost and procedure. <Top>
What is contract training for a business?
Contract training is a contractual agreement between an employer and SEARK College to provide specific training requested by the employer. <Top>
What specific training does SEARK College WDC provide?
SEARK College WDC provides many different areas of training: ranging from leadership excellence, outstanding customer service, business foundations, administrative professional skills, and computer excellence. <Top>
What specific certification testing does SEARK College WDC provide?
What is EWTP?
The Existing Worker Training Program is a program that is funded by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). Eligible companies may receive up to 50% reimbursement on the cost of training or an income tax credit. Training must be clearly tied to specific business goals and performance objective. There are two primary objectives:
- To deliver customized, industry-specific training to upgrade the skills and knowledge of Arkansas’s existing workforce.
- To increase the capacity of state-supported educational institutions to supply the ongoing training needs of Arkansas companies. <Top>
How can I find out if I qualify for the EWTP grant?
Eligible businesses are companies in the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes:
- Manufacturing – codes 31-33
- Biotechnology – code 541710
- National/regional corporate headquarters – code 551114
- Air transport – code 488190
- Building trades – codes 236 and 238 (23899 not eligible)
Companies that derive at least 75 percent of sales revenue from out of state:
- Computer firms
- Intermodal facility or distribution center
- Office sector (non-retail business)
- Scientific & technical services
- Motion picture production
- Training is for full-time, permanent employees who work at least 30 hours a week and who are subject to Arkansas personal income tax.
Skills Upgrade Training
The training helps a company and its employees to:
- Adapt to new or altered technologies of management and supervisory systems, continuous improvement or production methods
- Acquire the skills needed to remain competitive, productive and economically viable
The EWTP covers classroom instruction at a work site, an educational institution or a neutral location. Training delivered by means other than traditional classroom training may be considered by the EWTP governing council, who will establish a flat rate of reimbursement if the training is approved.
Contact SEARK College WDC (870) 543-5947 or (870) 543-5950 for additional details. <Top>
What is open enrollment?
Open enrollment is the process of registering for non-credit classes which are open to the community, businesses, industry, and college students. <Top>
Are you certified at the end of an open enrollment class?
A certificate of completion can be awarded to each successful participant at the end of the class or course as applicable. <Top>
What kinds of training classes are offered?
Classes range from computer skills, Microsoft applications, Welding, PLC, HVAC, Business Technology, Customer Service, Fiber Optic, ACT Prep, Fitness, and others. Please see Workforce catalog. <Top>
When are classes held?
Classes in Continuing Education are held during the day and evening. A monthly schedule is posted on our web site. Customized courses can be offered to accommodate employee schedules. <Top>
Where are the classes held?
Most classes are held at SEARK College Workforce Development Center of SEARK College. Classes are also taught at Dumas Delta Technology Education Center (DTEC) and Star City Civic Center. Notification of the location of each class is included in the announcement. Customized training can be taught at the location preference for the business. <Top>
How long are the classes?
Classes are in different lengths in Continuing Education. The length of the course depends upon the type and depth of course. Please check the web site, facebook, or request more information at wdcseark [dot] edu. <Top>