Jonesboro’s strategy for economic growth includes shaping an effective pipeline of skilled talent

Talent Pipeline Development

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Jonesboro’s strategy for economic growth includes shaping an effective pipeline of skilled talent.  By aligning our workforce with key industries, we are creating a rich environment that allows for local company expansions and attracts new business and industry to the region.  Impactful, proactive programs and strategies like those below have created a robust labor force in Jonesboro.

Combine our programs and the rich pool of talent produced by Arkansas State University (A-State), Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN), and surrounding career and technical schools, Jonesboro can deliver the talent a company needs.


TekStarz, Jonesboro’s annual summer manufacturing camp for 7th and 8th graders, exposes students to careers in manufacturing and engages them in the manufacturing process; nurtures a positive outlook toward manufacturing; and, provides students with a broad overview of the industrial community in Jonesboro.





Getting skills before getting a High School diploma.  That's the power behind ASUN's IGNITE Academy.  Transferable credits and life-long skills lighting a fire to learn and earn!  Read all about it.



Industry Educators Externship

Students need real-world experience if they are going to hit the ground running as a member of the modern workforce.  That’s no secret.
What isn’t as equally understood is that teachers need real-world experience to set students up for future success.



Northeast Arkansas Career and Technical Center

NEACTC LogoThe objective of the Northeast Arkansas Career & Tech Center is to broaden and enrich the secondary school curriculum of high schools in the Jonesboro area by including technical, career, and industrial education programs that cannot be provided in the local school district. Their goal is to instill in every student the skills necessary to compete for high demand, high wage earning positions as they begin their careers in a global marketplace.

Get To Know Jonesboro

Absolutely NO POWERPOINTS!  That's just one of the great things about JU's Get To Know Jonesboro event.  We take industry professionals who are newly relocated to Jonesboro and give them a day on the town... on us!  We file it under "Workforce Development".  The idea behind it: get people involved and informed in their new home and you have a greater chance of keeping that excellent employee!





Contact Our Team
Mark Young - President & CEO
Mark Young
President & CEO
Steven Lamm
Steven Lamm
V.P. of Economic Development
Shelle Randall - Director of Workforce Development & Existing Industry
Shelle Randall
Director of Workforce Development & Existing Industry
Donna Holt - Executive Assistant
Donna Holt
Executive Assistant
Craig Rickert
Craig Rickert
Director of Communications