Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC), a 501c (3) non-profit was originally charted in 1972 as the Arkansas Council of Farmworkers to administer the U.S. Department of Labor’s Comprehensive Employment and Training Administration’s (CETA) program for Seasonal and Migrant Farmworkers in Arkansas. AHDC continued to provide workforce development services to this population under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and does so now under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In addition to occupational, on-the-job, and work experience services, the agency provides housing, health and medical, nutritional, and transportation services to eligible seasonal and migrant farm working customers to support training and job placement activities through the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).
The agency also provides Health Education and Prevention services such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) testing and counseling, Tobacco education and counseling services, and a variety of other screenings such as blood pressure and diabetes screenings, underage drinking, Red Dress and Toys for Tots for minority populations in central Arkansas.
Moreover, a variety of economic development services such as publication of a periodic Newsletter, presentation of financial literacy information, and hosting of rural business conferences and lender forums are provided to help stabilize small businesses.
Expanding its tradition of investing in human capital today, with a regional network throughout Arkansas, AHDC’s progressive initiatives continue to serve as a fundamental in the intricate delivery system to assist low-income, disadvantaged and underserved customers by providing them with resources and tools to help them reach their greatest potential.
Over the years, at various times, the agency has provided Self-Help Housing, YouthBuild, Early Head Start, Pesticide Safety, and administered a Micro-Enterprise Revolving Loan Fund.