LRSD, City Of Little Rock Create Partnership For Jobs Pilot Program

- LITTLE ROCK, AR-- A new partnership between the City of Little Rock and Little Rock Schools has been created to help people find jobs. The program also helps to address the city's crime issue.

Lorena Pacheco participates in the program called Evening Career Center at Metropolitan Career Tech.

She learns welding and other job skills.

"I really want to have an education," said Pacheco.

Pacheco is one of 50 students, between 18-24, participating.

"The teachers are very nice and I like to be here," said Pacheco.

Principal Eric Henderson says the program raises the economic standard for students while helping to address the city's crime problem.

"I think the program is working. It is a pilot and so we just need to get the word out to the citizens of Little Rock that this program is available," said Pacheco.

The Little Rock community programs director says most importantly the classes help keep the community safe.

"I do think it will have an impact on reducing some of the crime we see especially among young people," said director Dorothy Nayles.

The program is free to students. $200,000 from the penny sales tax initiative is being used to fund the program.

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