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Jan 31, 2023


From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:Be Pro Be Proud has scheduled four tours across Arkansas beginning in March to connect employers with students who have been matched for specific industries.Be Pro is a mobile...

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Oct 5, 2022

Mobile workshop exposes students to different skills

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A mobile workshop made a stop in Jonesboro for students to get hands-on experience in skilled professions.The Be Pro Be Proud mobile workshop truck welcomed the Westside Warriors aboard Wednesday, allowing them the opportunity to...

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Sep 15, 2022

Trade skills exhibit visits 2 schools

A trailer where students could virtually learn how to weld, operate a train or work on a utility pole stopped at two local high schools this week.Be Pro Be Proud, an initiative geared toward improving workforce education in Arkansas and four other states,...

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Jul 18, 2022

Be Pro Be Proud works to close skills gap

Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club on Wednesday hosted Be Pro Be Proud, an initiative led by the Associated Industries of Arkansas that seeks to bring a new generation of professionals to the states skilled workforce by addressing the skills gap and ch...

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Jul 10, 2022

State Chamber chief estimates two job openings for every unemployed person in Arkansas

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Randy Zook has been working to resolve the states labor dilemma with all the tools he can muster. With baby boomers retiring and a smaller number of new generation workers moving into the workforce, Ark...

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Jul 7, 2022


July 7, 2022 - Southwestern Electric Power Company, on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation, recently presented $20,000 to the Be Pro Be Proud program based out of Arkansas. The program, launched in 2016, is designed to introduce skilled trade...

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Jun 30, 2022

Boozman addresses workforce program

BENTONVILLE -- While speaking at the 2022 national Be Pro Be Proud conference Wednesday morning Sen. John Boozman said people who can't earn a living or feed their families will care little about international troubles such as the war in Ukraine or do...

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Jun 16, 2022

Jonesboro summer camp teaches kids real-world skills

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A summer camp for kids interested in hands-on activities is giving them a chance to make connections with professionals in the workforce.The camp offers tours of businesses around the area and provides students with a broad overvi...

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Apr 28, 2022

Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day Lands BRTC Student a Job before Graduation

Participation in the Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day has landed one student a job, and several more have follow-up interviews.Seniors enrolled in BRTCs Career and Technical Center recently attended the Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day event at Jonesboro High School. A...

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Mar 14, 2022

State economic development officials on hand for Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day in Jonesboro

When Gov. Asa Hutchinson was growing up on a farm in Northwest Arkansas, his father had to work a manufacturing job in Tulsa, Okla. Each week, he would leave on a Monday morning and return Friday night to make sure his family could keep their farm.His hop...

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Mar 10, 2022

Arkansas State Chamber to host Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day for high school seniors

JONESBORO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) According to the Arkansas State Chamber, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the organization will host what they say is a huge event for high school seniors. The organization said that they created the event to partner with qualified...

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Jan 24, 2022

Arkansas unveils 2nd traveling unit to let students sample skills needed for jobs

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Associated General Contractors of Arkansas and the Arkansas Trucking Association created this initiative several years ago to help young people understand their different options in private industry in order to make...

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