Arkansas & Oklahoma Contractors Get Elite Manpower via AOKCAT

Making sure that the demand for skilled manpower is met in Arkansas and Oklahoma is a top priority for the Arkansas/Oklahoma Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training (AOKCAT) program.

Just in the first half of 2015, AOKCAT trained more than 200 apprentices and completed nearly 6,500 skill upgrade training for journeymen carpenters and millwrights. During that time, the group also re-opened the Oklahoma City training center, and is working more closely with contractors to provide a more efficient process to get apprentices trained as quickly as possible.

As a result, apprenticeship hours are increasing, and contractors who get their manpower from the Central South Carpenters Regional Council are reaping the benefits of a productive workforce.

To help celebrate the programís success, AOKAT recently held an Apprenticeship Open House at its Russellville, Arkansas Training Center. Live demos, tours, and an expert panel discussion were observed by leaders from the regionís political, business, construction, and education communities attended.

Just some of the many participants included Arkansas Department of Labor Director Lee Price;†Arkansas Dept. of Career Education Program Coordinator Randy Prather and Program Advisor Rocky Mantooth; and Russellville Mayor Randy Horton (shown, working the virtual welder).