Bentonville Schools, Walmart, State Chamber host ‘Be Pro, Be Proud’ workshop

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s “Be Pro, Be Proud” skilled trades job initiative is coming to Bentonville High School in hopes of creating student interest in technical jobs.

The workforce workshop will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the parking lot of Bentonville High School. The mobile unit provides hands-on experience for students interested in skilled professions while providing in-depth presentations of the jobs to a live audience. The touring unit features a customized, interactive trailer loaded with information and skills challenges.

Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Cindi Marsiglio, vice president of U.S. Manufacturing at Walmart, Michael Poore, superintendent of Bentonville Schools and Josiah Leas, a student in Bentonville’s Ignite Professional Studies Program. will participate in the event.

The lack of a skilled workforce in several fields is a critical issue to Arkansas’s economy as the state tries to succeed in a globally competitive environment.