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Griffin Applauds Progress of State’s Workforce Development Efforts

April 06, 2015

Says, ‘a highly trained and skilled workforce will help Arkansas grow jobs and compete’

LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after Governor Asa Hutchinson signed workforce development legislation into law:

“I applaud Governor Asa Hutchinson and the legislature for their efforts to create a comprehensive statewide workforce development system, and I want to specifically recognize Sen. Jane English’s (R-North Little Rock) leadership to address this important issue. The legislation signed today allows us to better equip our students with the skills necessary to get good paying jobs. A highly trained and skilled workforce will help Arkansas grow jobs and compete with surrounding states.”

SB 368, by Sen. English, creates a comprehensive statewide workforce development system, as well as a 10-member Career Education and Workforce Development Board. The board will be made up of folks from different industries and will develop and monitor a state plan for vocational-technical education.

SB 791, by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R-Benton), establishes the Arkansans Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, repeals the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Oversight Board and establishes it as a committee of the Arkansas Workforce Development Board.

SB 891, by Sen. English, establishes the Workforce Initiative Act of 2015. The act will encourage Arkansans to pursue high-demand jobs, provide a program that offers short-term career and technical training and unite institutions and organizations to support an employer demand-driven workforce system.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.



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