The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) was happy to welcome Commissioner of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, Dr. Ken Warden, and Chief Workforce Officer of Arkansas, Mike Rogers, to campus last week.

Warden and Rogers visited with Chancellor Lisa Willenberg and other campus representatives about the trending issues in higher education, including the role of community colleges and the growing need for workforce education and training to meet the demand of today’s business and industry.

The Arkansas Division of Higher Education manages the state’s scholarship and financial aid programs; recommends higher education and institutional budgets to the legislature; assures academic program quality and viability; provides educational support to business and industry; and promotes the importance of postsecondary education in enhancing both personal and community quality of life.

Rogers serves as the state’s first Chief Workforce Officer and advises the Governor on workforce development and career education issues. Rogers also chairs the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet that includes the Departments of Commerce, Corrections, Education, Human Services, Labor and Licensing, and Veteran Affairs. Governor Sanders created the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and Chief Workforce Officer position in January 2023.


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