Since 1959, Bost has been providing choices and opportunities in Western Arkansas for individuals with developmental and related disabilities so that they may live, work and play in the community.

Fort Smith Skills Training Center (FSSTC)


Developing skills is the role of Work Development, Bost's vocational division.

This program concentrates on developing vocational and work-readiness skills for adults with limitations. Work Development provides assessment and training in vocational skills, work habits, physical stamina, peer relations, ability to follow instructions, supervisory relationships, communications, socialization, and other skills important to successful job placement.

The Work Development program serves adults 18 years or older who have developmental disabilities and related handicapping conditions. These include, but are not limited to, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, hearing or sight impairments, and learning disabilities.


Work Development clients receive job skills training in numerous areas of work secured from local industry such as:

  • Assembly

  • Packing

  • Sorting

  • Quality control

  • Prime manufacturing

The Work Development staff is composed of professionals in fields of disabilities and vocational training. The program emphasizes skills and experiences necessary for job placement in competitive positions in the community.


The Work Development program operates on a year-round calendar with the usual hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Referrals are received through the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Services office, Division of Disabilities Services, the court system, and the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) as well as friends, families, advocates, public schools, and individuals who may request services for themselves.


For more information, contact:

Rhonda Jones, Director of ADC Services
7701 South Zero Street
Phone: 479.478.5450
Fax: 479.478.6004
rjones@bost.org

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