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This collection contains records for individual vocational schools in Arkansas, annual reports and five year plans from the Arkansas Board for Vocational Education to the Federal Board for Vocational Education, including records regarding African American vocational education programs, records and photographs for the Future Tradesmen of Arkansas student organization, meeting minute books for the Arkansas State Board of Vocational Education, albums of newspaper clippings, VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes from the Workforce Development Commission, and two ledger books.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education is part of the Arkansas Department of Education and oversees vocational education programs in the state of Arkansas. The earliest records in this collection date from 1917 when the department was known as the Arkansas State Board for Vocational Education. In 1917, Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act National Vocational Education Act, which provided states with federal funds for vocational programs in agriculture, industrial trades, and homemaking. Many records in this collection such as five year plans and annual reports are required under the Smith-Hughes Act. The agency is now known as the Division of Career and Technical Education. Additionally, the collection contains numerous photographs and records from the Future Tradesmen of Arkansas (FTA), a student organization for vocational students in Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Resource Type



Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education records, MS.000972


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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