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June 24, 2022


The Be Pro Be Proud National Conference convened key workforce leaders from Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee among other states, to join industry leaders and legislators to address the growing need of skilled talent in each state’s workforce. The Be Pro Be Proud National Conference featured panel discussions and breakout sessions facilitating collaboration amongst attendees to address the perceptions of technical professions and the skills gap impacting key industries in each state.

March 15, 2022

Draft Day 2022 Strategically Pairs Qualified Students with Employers

Draft Day 2022 strategically paired graduating seniors currently enrolled in CTE courses in northeast Arkansas with employers ready to hire them upon graduation. Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day was held from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM, at Jonesboro High School. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, more than 30 participating companies, and more than 200 high school seniors participated. “The seniors are doing interviews, they’re finding out what their career path will be like with different companies,” Hutchinson said. “The companies need good, skilled workers and it gives them opportunities to recruit some of the top talent coming out of our career centers and high schools.”

February 22, 2022

North Carolina Licenses Be Pro Be Proud

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, officials from the N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) and the N.C. Home Builders Educational and Charitable Foundation (Foundation) gathered for a contract signing event to officially mark the establishment of the Be Pro Be Proud pilot program. The program will be administered by the Foundation with oversight from NCDOL.

September 3, 2020


As the 3rd state to welcome the Be Pro Be Proud movement, South Carolina students will begin learning about skilled trades career opportunities this school year.

July 29, 2020


The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) announced the launch of Be Pro Be Proud Georgia – an initiative to bring a new generation of pride, progress, and professionals to Cherokee, metro Atlanta, and Georgia’s skilled workforce.

September 5, 2019

Be Pro Be Proud Initiative Launches Second Mobile Workshop

This morning (Sept. 5) at the Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center, the Arkansas Be Pro Be Proud Initiative unveiled its second mobile workshop. Set inside of a 78-foot double-wide tractor trailer, the Be Pro Be Proud organization hopes to use the new mobile workshop as a proving ground for high schoolers who have an aptitude for work in the trades. Among the speakers at the event were Governor Asa Hutchinson, Senator John Boozman and Scott Moore, the chief administrative officer of Union Pacific, one of the largest contributors to the Initiative.

March 11, 2016

Arkansas State Chamber Of Commerce Announces 'Be Pro Be Proud' Workforce Initiative

Little Rock, AR – The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas (ASCC/AIA) recently announced the launch of a new initiative, “Be Pro Be Proud,” to bring a new generation of pride, progress and professionals to Arkansas’s skilled workforce. Today’s skilled professional workforce is aging out and the next generation of new talent is not sufficient to fill the demand. Nationwide, there are an estimated 5.6 million job openings, with approximately 60,000 of these openings here in Arkansas. The majority of these are in high skilled technical fields. The initiative targets many key audiences including high school and nontraditional students, current skilled professionals, legislators, parents, teachers, career coaches and employers to dispel the myths about skilled trade professions, showcase current skilled professionals’ true vocational pride, highlight the many career opportunities available within these trades and provide necessary resources and training to those interested.