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Published by AR Career Ed, 2018-08-15 10:25:54

August 2018 JobReady



A Publication of the Arkansas Department of Career Education

Client Rises Above Injuries to Create Business

for Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors

Our Mission: To prepare a job-ready, career-bound
workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers.

On the cover Table of Contents

Former ARS client Jamie Washington
opened her business for breast cancer
patients and survivors in October
2017. Around the State Arkansas Career

More information about Washington 5 Check out what the 7 Coaches Hold
Department of Career
and her business on Page 6. Education has been up Annual Conference
to around the state.

Career Education. 9
August 2018 ARCareerEd YLF Delegates
A public information publication Participates in 2018 10 Ready to Take
of the Arkansas Department of ACTE Conference on the World

Charisse Childers, Ph.D.

Communications Department
Chip McAfee,
Director of Communications Upcoming Events
Dustin Barnes
Susan King
Ellice Scales August 9, 2018 August 15, 2018
Caty Young
[email protected] Employing Possibilities Employing Possibilities
Job Fair Job Fair
Arkansas Department of Fort Smith Convention Friendship Pediatric
Career Education Center Services
Three Capitol Mall 55 S. 7 Street 1301 Russell Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Fort Smith, AR 72901 Russellville, AR 7802
501-682-1509 fax August 22, 2018 September 3, 2018

Employing Possibilities Labor Day
Job Fair All state offices are closed.
Southern Arkansas
University Tech
Charles O. Ross Center
Adult Education
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services 746 California Ave. SW
Career & Technical Education Camden, AR 71701
Office of Skills Development

Commissioner's Update

RS sponsored the Youth interact with legislators and the
Leadership Forum (YLF) business community at a mentor’s
Aagain this year on the luncheon, and participate in a
campus of the University of mock government election. In both
Central Arkansas. YLF is a six- small and large group discussions D. Alan McClain
day overnight conference for and workshops, delegates discuss
youth with disabilities and where current issues that concern
participants build leadership them and learn how to approach
skills and leave better prepared government leaders to advocate
for future employment, higher for their communities. It is exciting
education, and independent to see the confidence gained by provides Arkansas high school
living. Over the course of the these students as they prepare students with disabilities that are
program, YLF participants stay in themselves for careers and completing the 11th grade with the
the college dorms to experience vocational opportunities. following:
life in a college setting, and each The Transition Education • Job Exploration Counseling
day focuses on a leadership Program (TEP) was another • Work-Based Learning
value or skill. Specifically, significant event for ARS this • Work-Place Readiness Training
there is a focus on empowering summer. TEP is a four-week • Post-Secondary Education
student vision, recognizing comprehensive pre-employment Counseling
responsibilities and taking action, transition service held on the • Instruction in Self-Advocacy
building commitment, leadership ACTI campus. For TEP 2018, • OSHA certification training
in government, the importance of 144 students were accepted These students are now much
planning, and having a work-life to participate, 123 showed for further along on their career path,
balance. Legislators, community admissions, and 101 graduated. having not only gained important
leaders, and special guests All of the students received OSHA technical skills but also many
from around the state interact General Industry certificates, eight other tools around teamwork and
with the delegates to help them received ServSafe certification, employability that will set them up
visualize themselves as leaders and the majority enrolled in the for success in the workplace.
and to practice skills. Additionally, pre-apprenticeship classes.
delegates visit the State Capitol, This intensive experience

Director Presents Agency Accomplishments in Annual Meeting

RCareerEd Director that the agency’s mission should
Charisse Childers, Ph.D., drive the work that they do every
Aaddressed the agency’s day.
employees in an agency-wide Childers spoke about
meeting. While many of the the agency’s collaboration
agency’s employees who are with the Governor’s Office of
based in Little Rock attended the Transformation, which serves
meeting, the majority were able as a channel to identify state
to listen to Director Childers via efficiencies and to streamline
GoTo Meeting. state operations.
Childers thanked staff She highlighted the
members for the work they do. successes in each of the
She also reminded employees divisions.


Adult Education Receives Rural Business Development Grant

dult Education, a division of continue through the summer in said Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy
the Arkansas Department eight-week sessions. Director of Adult Education. This
Aof Career Education, is The Adult Education division project would not be possible
the recipient of a Rural Business will oversee the training; however, without the support and partnership
Development Grant, which is this endeavor will be a partnership of the community colleges.”
provided through the Rural between participating adult Completers of the program
Development arm of the U.S. education providers, two-year will receive a Certificate of
Department of Agriculture. colleges, and the Arkansas Proficiency in Entrepreneurship,
The grant is valued at Small Business and Technology which will indicate that student
$125,000. Development Center, which has developed critical thinking and
The funds will be used to pay is housed at the University of problem-solving skills, in addition
tuition costs of adult education Arkansas at Little Rock. to creativity and entrepreneurial
students enrolled in an online The entrepreneurship program traits that will ensure a successful
entrepreneurial training program will offer students face-to-face business.
at Northwest Arkansas Community training as well. To learn more about the
College and the University of “We are excited to give adult program, please contact Todd
Arkansas - Pulaski Technical learners an opportunity to earn a Hunter at william.hunter@
College. The online course credential while working on their
will begin in the spring and will high school equivalency diploma,”

Around the Agency

Kremers Appointed Deputy Director for CTE

ngela Kremers, Ed.D., has with individuals with disabilities. Her
been named Deputy Director experience in education began in the
A for Career and Technical Cabot Public School District, where
Education, one of the four divisions she was a faculty member in the
of the Arkansas Department of district’s Career and Technical High
Career Education. She assumed School Medical Academy.
this role on August 6. Kremers has also served as Senior
Kremers succeeds Kathi Turner, Program Associate for Education at
who retired in June. the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation,
Before joining the agency, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy
Kremers served as the Associate at the EAST Initiative, and State
Director of Global Initiatives at Director of Best Buddies International. Angela Kremers, Ed.D.,
Arkansas State University. She received a Bachelor’s Deputy Director for
Kremers comes to the agency Degree in Occupational Therapy at
with experience in career and Washington University in St. Louis, Career and Technical
technical education, both in a Master’s Degree in Management Education
secondary and postsecondary at Lindenwood University, and
education, along with knowledge in a Doctorate of Education at the
healthcare, nonprofits, and working University of Arkansas Little Rock.


Scott Little Rock

ARS Little Rock and North Little Rock
Field Offices partnered with Arkansas
High School Senior Agriculture Science Support Network on July 12 to host Job
and Technology students toured the Fair on the Hill at the State Capitol.
Bearskin Farms to learn about its

Jonesboro Fayetteville

Hot Springs

On June 26 and June 28, the Fayetteville
Field office collaborated with Arkansas
The ARS Jonesboro Field Office
partnered with Arkansas Support Network Support Network to host the “Employing
to host a job fair at St. Bernards Auditorium Possibilities” job fair in Bentonville and
Fayetteville. Over fifteen businesses and
on July 25. ARCareerEd staff Maria Swicegood and
Christine Bennett discuss Perkins funding community resources attended the job fair,
at the Annual ACTE Conference. including Tyson Foods and Mercy Hospital.

Hot Springs
Fort Smith

ARCareerEd staff Tim Johnston and The Fort Smith Adult Education Center Cynthia Bullard and Shelia Johnson
Cheryl Wiedmaier, Ph.D., present program celebrated its 44 Annual GED Graduation represented the ARS Pine Bluff Field
updates concerning CTE at the Annual and ESL Recognition. There were over 200 Office at the Crossett High School
ACTE Conference. GED graduates. Transition Parent Night.

Client Rises Above Injuries to Create Business

for Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors

“ ello, Beautiful!” building features a salon, where
“Hello, Beautiful!” is not Washington provides cranial
Hjust a greeting. It’s a prosthetics – or “hair pieces” – for
place. Inside, the walls are lime women who have lost their hair
green, almost a mesmerizing color, due to cancer.
in an effort to escape from the “I actually have some women in
pains and toils of your personal my family who had breast cancer.
sufferings. I had a cousin to pass and the
Jamie Washington, the owner other [relative] has been a survivor
of the establishment, said she for 20 years,” Washington said.
decided to paint the walls green But Washington’s budding
after she realized the energy business success almost did
she receives walking into her not happen. She survived a
daughter’s green room at home. horrific car accident a few years
“Every time I go in [her room], back, which resulted in multiple
the energy just brightens me up. surgeries. Washington’s hand
It doesn’t matter how gloomy it is was negatively affected, which, as
outside. I just feel so refreshed,” a licensed barber, is vital to her
Washington said. career. She had to cease services
So Washington chose to paint in order to heal properly.
the walls of her business – Hello “I’ve been [a barber] for 20 Former ARS client Jamie Washington
Beautiful Mastectomy Boutique years. This is what I learned to do opened her business for breast cancer
and J’Nicole Salounge – that same to establish my own businesses. patients and survivors in October 2017.
color to provide the same energy I was depressed. I went through
for her clients and customers. She a grieving process,” Washington
created her business for breast said.
cancer patients and survivors. Yet it was during that grieving provided. I think it’s awesome,
The establishment opened in process that she heard about and I think more people should
October 2017. Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. learn about it. Without ARS, there
“When these ladies come in, I Washington was not only able to would be no ‘Hello Beautiful,’” said
want them to feel good. I just want get assistive technology to help Washington.
them to feel a release – a good her as she was working on her Washington is still working
energy and a good vibe,” she said. Master’s Degree, but she was also to expand. She is using social
The building is sectioned off able to utilize services through media and word of mouth to let
to serve as a one-stop shop for the division’s Small Business people know that her business
breast cancer patients. The north Program, which allows clients with exists. She is also working to get
end of the building houses bras entrepreneurial pursuits to realize accredited for insurance, especially
and dressing rooms. Washington their dreams for self-employment. since prosthetics is not cheap, she
is a certified mastectomy fitter. Clients have to present effective said.
The middle portion of the building business plans and undergo a “This is not about profit. I just
contains the soon-to-be juice bar thorough evaluation to receive want to help,” Washington said.
and a quiet, relaxing room where services. Hello Beautiful Mastectomy
clients unwind with a massage “I was able to navigate and Boutique and J’Nicole Salounge is
therapist. The south end of the learn about the services that are located at 4701 Westwood Avenue
in Little Rock.


Arkansas Career Coaches Hold Annual Conference

he Arkansas Career Coaches
held its annual conference on
TJuly 17-18 in Little Rock. Over
90 Career Coaches from around the
state attended the two-day event. The
College and Career Coach Program
is designed to motivate and support
Arkansas students and adults achieve
their goals as it relates to college and
career planning through intensive
hands-on, programs and services.
College and Career Coaches work
with students in the 7 – 12 grade. In
the middle and high schools, Career
Coaches work in partnership with the
Career Orientation Instructors and
School Counselors to assist with the Arkansas Career Coaches attending a presentation at their annual conference.
development and revision college and
career plans for their students.

Arkansas CTSOs Represent Well at National Competitions

ongratulations to the
Arkansas students who National TSA Conference,
Crepresented the state at Atlanta, GA
the national (and international) nd
Van Buren High School—2
competitions for the student place—Technology Problem Solving
organizations of which they are Competition
members. Students advanced
to these competitions based Jeana Parker, Alma High School—
on their placement on the state High School Chapter Advisor of the Ryan Arnold and Spencer Holmes of Van
level. Year Buren High School receive the trophey
for 2nd place in the Technology Problem
Jarred Wyatt Siloam Springs Middle Solving Competition.
FCCLA National Leadership School—Middle School Chapter
Conference, Advisor of the Year
Atlanta, GA
Alma High School, Siloam Springs
Forty-Five students in Arkansas Middle School and Vilonia High School
received a Gold Medal. all received Chapter Excellence
Forty-One students in Arkansas
received a Silver Medal. Kylie Green, FCCLA Officer; Marna
Farris, Family and Consumer Sciences
Eighteen students in Arkansas Program Coordinator; and Ashley Turner,
received a Bronze Medal. FCCLA National Officer; at the FCCLA
National Leadership Conference in Atlanta.


AEC Partners with Churches for Free Meals

Reprint from Press Argus-Courier.

he Crawford County
Adult Education Center
Tis partnering with area
churches to provide an evening
meal twice a week for the
“It gives our school more
visibility and is a positive
experience for the students,”
said Debbie Faubus-Kendrick,
director at the center.
This is the first time for
the adult education center to
provide an evening meal for the
students. Adult Education students attend a class at the Crawford County Adult Education
“We are close to 1,100 Center.
students this year and it’s our
largest number of students in have,” said Faubus-Kendrick. Thursday classes are:
the evening,” Faubus-Kendrick “We’re always looking for ways Calvary Chapel, Bethlehem
said. “They come from work, to improve and in fact, in one Freewill Baptist, Crosspointe
some are homeless, or they of the exit interviews, someone Community Church, Butterfield
don’t have the funds to do put the only thing they would Assembly of God, United
drive-through. This is a good improve upon their experience Pentecostal Church, Kibler
opportunity for us to partner with is if we provided a meal. United Methodist, Cavanaugh
area churches and a chance for The feedback prompted Freewill Baptist, The Current
them to fellowship, if they want, Faubus-Kendrick to see what Outreach, Encounter Church,
with our students.” the center could do. Heritage United Methodist,
The number of students “This gives the people who Community Bible Van Buren,
coming through the center come here the chance to meet and Pleasant Valley Church of
has grown due to the positive role models and that Christ.
implementation of the there are people who care Water for the meals has
Alternative Sentencing program, about them,” Faubus-Kendrick been donated by Citizens Bank
which allows those who have said. “This is really exciting for and Arvest Bank and Ken
misdemeanors to enter a our students. We always have Warden.
program at the center instead of popcorn and coffee available, “We’re still looking for more
doing community service. but it’s not very sustaining. For to donate water,” the director
The center is still serving some, it may be the only meal said. “I think this will become
with the same number of people they’ll have.” a good partnership, and we’re
on staff and budget. Churches providing the open for more churches to be
“It’s a good problem to meals on a rotational basis involved.”
during the Tuesday and


ARCareerEd Participates in 2018 ACTE Conference

he Arkansas Department
of Career Education
Tserved as a gold level
sponsor for the 2018 Arkansas
ACTE Conference, which took
place July 29-31 at the Hot
Springs Convention Center.
This year’s theme was “Skills
Matter.” Several agency staff
members served as session
presenters. The organization State Representative Bruce Cozart Mike Rogers of Tyson Foods is the
received the 2018 Policy Maker of the
recipient of the 2018 Policy Maker of the
recognized the agency for its Year Award, presented by Arkansas ACTE Year Award. Arkansas ACTE President
sponsorship. President Starlinda Sanders. Starlinda Sanders presented Rogers with
The recipients of the the award.
Arkansas ACTE Administrator
of the Year, Postsecondary
Teacher of the Year, New
Teacher of the Year, and
Teacher of the Year awards
will represent the state in vying
for Region IV honors in their
respective categories.

RoseMarie Spalding (right) received
the 2018 Arkansas ACTE Administrator Sheri Deaton (right) received the 2018
of the Year Award. She is pictured with Arkansas ACTE Postsecondary Teacher
Arkansas ACTE President Starlinda of the Year Award. She is pictured with
Sanders. Arkansas ACTE President Starlinda

Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the
Arkansas Department of Career Education,
represented the agency in accepting an
award for serving as a gold level sponsor
for the 2018 Arkansas ACTE Conference.

Mollie Sanford (right) is the 2018
Arkansas ACTE New Teacher of the Maynette Stroud (right) is the 2018
Year. Arkansas ACTE President Starlinda Arkansas ACTE Teacher of the Year.
Sanders presented Sanford with the Arkansas ACTE President Starlinda
award. Sanders presented Stroud with the award.


YLF Delegates Ready to Take on the World

ore than 40 students The students also get a
took part in the feel of independent living by
M20th Annual Youth spending five nights on UCA’s
Leadership Forum during campus.
the week of July 8-13 on the The delegates got a
campus of the University of chance to tour the Arkansas
Central Arkansas. The five-day State Capitol and attend
leadership training for rising a motivational luncheon, YLF delegates tour the Arkansas State
11th and 12th grade students featuring former Razorback Capitol.
with disabilities serves to inform standout Sidney Moncrief and
them on the resources that his wife Takisha. The couple
are available for them to make empowered the teenagers to
wise personal and professional advocate for themselves and to
choices now and once they become impactful leaders.
graduate from high school.
They learn transferrable skills
that can be used in any setting,
in addition to college enrollment,
résumé writing, interview Sidney Moncrief (left) encourages a YLF
preparation, and networking. delegate to participate in his interactive

TEP Graduates 101 Students

ne hundred and one program for rising high school
Arkansas high school seniors with disabilities and takes
Ostudents not only completed place at the Arkansas Career
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services’ Training Institute (ACTI). The
Transition Employment Program students earned general industry
(TEP), but they are earned multiple OSHA, ServSafe, and Arkansas
industry-recognized certifications Pre-Apprenticeship Training
that have prepared them for certifications. They also received
reputable careers. a $500 stipend and will have the
The 2018 class, which opportunity to obtain 100 hours of
represented more than 70 high paid work experience in their senior
schools in Arkansas, celebrated year. Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
completion of the program during This program serves as a celebrates the 101 graduates of this
a ceremony at the Hot Springs recruiting initiative for ACTI as many summer's Transistion Employment
Convention Center. of the TEP graduates said they will Program (TEP).
TEP graduated its first class in attend the Hot Springs facility after
2014. they graduate high school.
TEP is a four week summer


Career Education and Workforce
Development Board

Hugh McDonald, Chairman, Little
Senior Management Team Rock
Gina Radke, Vice Chairman,
Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director Adam Arroyos, Ph.D., Fayetteville
Don Bellcock, Internal Auditor Jerry Cash, Ed.D., Harrison
Lorna Claudio, Chief Financial Officer D. Alan McClain, Commissioner Scott Copas, Little Rock
Otis Dixon, Chief Information Officer Joseph Baxter, Deputy Commissioner
Chip McAfee, Director of Communications Jonathan Bibb, Administrator/Associate Michael Garner, Hensley
Stacy Gunderman, Batesville
Dustin Barnes, Assistant Director of Commissioner, Arkansas Career Training Troy Keeping, Marion
Communications Institute
Kelly Hunt Lyon, Ed.D., Strategic Planning Rodney Chandler, Director of Business Steve Percival, Little Rock
and Development Manager Engagement Jenifer Price, Springdale
DeCarlia Smith, Human Resources Carl Daughtery, Chief of Field Services/ Jeff Standridge, Ed.D., Conway
Keith Vire, Ph.D., Fayetteville
Administrator Associate Commissioner
Lisa A. Thompson, Personnel Manager Lynn Franquemont, Director of Burton Weis, Fort Smith
Ex-Officio Members
Community Service Programs Richard Abernathy, Ed.D.,
Charles Lyford, General Counsel Executive Director, AR Association of
James McCune, Chief Financial Officer Educational Administrators
Judy Smith, Transition Director of Special Daryl Bassett, Director, AR
Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director Projects Department of Workforce Services
Bridget Bullard Criner, Associate Director Robert Treviño, Associate Commissioner Paul Beran, Ph.D., Chancellor, UA
for Program, Planning Development & Fort Smith
Evaluation Johnny Key, Commissioner, AR
Nathan Winter, Associate Commissioner Department of Education
for Access & Accommodations
Maria Markham, Ph.D., Director, AR
Department of Higher Education
Angela Kremers, Ed.D., Deputy Director Mike Preston, Director, AR
Cheryl Wiedmaier, Ph.D., Associate Economic Development Commission
Director Bill Stovall, Executive Director, AR
Sonja Wright-McMurray, Associate Cody Waits, Deputy Director Community Colleges
Director for Special Programs Stephanie Isaacs, Associate Director

ADULT EDUCATION Lonoke Small Business Program
501-683-2341 501-676-4490 501-683-3582
GED ® Monticello Stay At Work/ Return To Work
501-682-1980 870-367-9669 501-683-6052
ARKANSAS REHABILITATION North Little Rock Services for the
SERVICES 501-833-1490 Deaf & Hard of Hearing (SDHH)
Arkansas Career Training Institute Pine Bluff 501-686-2800
501-624-4411 870-534-2404 TAP (Telecommunications Access
Field Services Offices Russellville Program)
Batesville 479-890-5751 800-981-4463
870-793-4153 Searcy Transition Services
Benton 501-268-4542 501-682-5634
Booneville 870-773-2807 501-682-1040
479-675-3835 West Memphis Occupational Programs
Conway 870-735-4725 Agricultural Science and Technology
501-730-9725 Alternative Finance Program 501-682-2561
El Dorado 501-296-1663 Business/Marketing Technology
870-862-5451 Arkansas Governor's Commission on 501-682-1768
Fayetteville People with Disabilities Family & Consumer Sciences Education
479-582-1286 501-682-5317 501-682-1115
Fort Smith Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission Office of School Improvement
479-755-3300 (AKDC) 501-682-1616
Harrison 501-686-2807 Skilled and Technical Sciences
870-741-7153 Assistive Technology at Work (AT@ 501-682-1271
Helena Work) State Approving Agency for Veterans
870-338-2753 501-683-3009 Training and Education
Hot Springs Business Engagement 501-324-9473
501-623-4479 501-296-1659 OFFICE OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Jonesboro Increasing Capabilities Access 501-683-1152
870-972-0025 Network (ICAN) Apprenticeship
Little Rock 501-666-8868 501-682-1360

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