A Publication of the Arkansas Department of Career Education
White Hall High School and Relyance Bank
Partnership Yields Dividends
Our Mission: To prepare a job-ready, career-bound
workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas employers.
On the cover Table of Contents
Priscilla Foreman, a senior at
White Hall High School, received a
certification for bank telling after taking
the Principles of Banking class in the White Hall Students Around the State
school's built-in bank. 4 Bank on Classroom 5 Check out what the
More information about the Bulldog Training for Careers Department of Career
Bank and its impact on students Education has been up
on Page 4. in Finance to around the state.
September 2018 Meek's Lumber Arkansas
A public information publication Creates Annual Day 6 Rehabilitation
of the Arkansas Department of of Celebration for Services Help Client
Career Education. 6 Former ARS Client with Job
Charisse Childers, Ph.D.
Director of Communications Upcoming Events
Ellice Scales September 11, 2018 September 20, 2018
[email protected] Career Education and Business and Career
Workforce Development Job Fair
Arkansas Department of Board Meeting 206 Shoppingway Blvd.
Career Education 525 W. Capitol Ave. West Memphis, AR 72301
Three Capitol Mall Little Rock, AR 72201 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 1:30 p.m.
ARCareerEd.org September 20, 2018 October 2, 2018
State Rehabilitation ARS Open House
Council (SRC) Meeting 1812 East Main Street
525 W. Capitol Ave. Booneville, AR 72927
Little Rock, AR 72201 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Adult Education 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Career & Technical Education
Office of Skills Development
Program Spotlight: Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI)
ormerly known as the Hot Serving more than 400 Consortium of State-Operated
Springs Rehabilitation students annually, ACTI is Comprehensive Rehabilitation
FCenter, ACTI is a the third largest vocational Centers (NCSOCRC).
residential facility offering rehabilitation center in the Each center contains
vocational training along with country. ACTI is one of equipment similar to that which
clinical and other support only eight comprehensive is used in an actual CVS
services designed to prepare rehabilitation centers in the Pharmacy. Individuals who
individuals for employment. United States. complete the program qualify to
ACTI offers 10 programs Last November, ACTI and apply for a position at the store.
accredited by the Council on CVS Pharmacy formed a CVS representatives
Occupational Employment. partnership at the Hot Springs traveled to the Hot Springs
These programs are the campus to prepare students facility for the ribbon-cutting
following: with disabilities for careers ceremony in November 2017.
• Automotive Collision at CVS Pharmacy locations "[This] is a great example
• Automotive Service across the country. Students of how our agency can play
Technology receive classroom and hands- an important role in the
• Business and Marketing on training in a mock pharmacy, development of a much-needed
Technology which includes delivering workforce and provide the skills
• Certified Nursing Assistant top-notch customer service, and training needed by CVS
• Construction Technology stocking shelves, and working and others," said Charisse
• Cosmetology on cash registers. Childers, Ph.D., Director of the
• Culinary Arts The new mock pharmacy at Arkansas Department of Career
• Medical Administrative ACTI is one of eight locations Education.
Assistant that CVS Health will open as a
• Pharmacy Technician result of a partnership between
• Welding the company and the National
Adult Education Hosts Inaugural Teacher Summit
he first annual Arkansas More than 150 people federal and state levels.
Adult Education Teacher attended the summit. Ashley Breakout sessions covered
TSummit was held July Cross, Business Engagement an array of topics, such as data
30-31 at Embassy Suites Hotel Corporate Manager for usage, support for students with
and Conference Center in Arkansas Rehabilitation disabilities, diversity, technology,
Little Rock. The theme for this Services, served as the keynote re-entry, and integrated
inaugural event was “The Heart speaker. Trenia Miles, Ed.D., education training.
of Education.” Deputy Director for Adult All sessions focused on
The professional Education, led the general providing teachers with new
development training was built sessions. information and opportunities
around areas that will help Other state staff members to enhance their classroom
teachers with their classroom gave useful information on practice and improve student
content areas and culture. various platforms initiated at the outcomes.
White Hall High School and Relyance Bank Partnership Yields Dividends
t White Hall High, Dottie
Strahan’s business class is
A lined with computers, chairs,
and desks. It has the look and feel of
any 21 -century classroom.
But with the turn of a key, one
section in her classroom opens up to a
Bulldog Bank is a financial
institution, where students get
a chance to gain experience in
the banking world. Thanks to a
partnership with Relyance Bank, the
equipment, the technology, and even
the furniture make one forget that they
are inside a school.
“Our business program is already
very vast. You don’t see many schools
that have a banking class and have
an actual, built-in bank,” said Priscilla
Foreman, a senior at White Hall High. Dottie Strahan, CTE teacher at White Hall High School, offers guidance to Priscilla
Foreman took Principles of Foreman, a senior at White Hall High School.
Banking as a sophomore, the first
year the class began at the school.
Since the class, she has developed an banking,” Strahan said. community.
interest in banking, hoping to become The class is geared to help “We support that class. We
a community outreach director for a students understand the American support that school to further the
financial institution one day. banking system, in addition to the education of the students in our area
Right now, she is a certified bank Federal Reserve System, economy, and teach them as much as they can
teller, having passed the certification functions of depository institutions, about banking, finance, and their own
exam that each student takes at the and transactions. accounts,” Rogers said.
end of the class. Most don’t earn “Before we get into teller In previous summers since the
that certification until well out of high operations, we talk to them about creation of the class, some White Hall
school. budgets and how to write a check. students have worked at Relyance
Foreman credits her success They’re just used to that debit card, Bank.
on the exam to the physical bank on and that’s it. Many of them don’t know “It’s a career path opportunity to
the campus, which presents real-life how to reconcile a bank statement or show them about what banking can
scenarios for students. write out a check,” Strahan said. do and the career opportunities that
“We don’t have computer This banking class also highlights you can have – from an accountant,
simulations. Simulations can only go the partnership between the school auditor, or president,” Rogers said.
so far in the realism aspect. Having and local business and industry. Foreman, who is interested in
an actual bank, talking to individuals, Strahan said while different banks attending the University of Arkansas
and doing transactions really do help,” within Jefferson County have next fall, said she personally feels
she said. helped provide advice, Pine Bluff- indebted to Relaynce Bank. She
Dottie Strahan, in her 33rd year based Relyance Bank stepped up wants to return to Jefferson County
of teaching, said she loves the class in a major way, providing cabinetry following her college graduation to
because her students can instantly get and equipment to provide a real work for the bank.
a job. perspective for the students. “[This class] exposed me to the
“They have a choice. After they Carol Ann Rogers, senior vice banking field. I have the experience
take this class, they can go into the president of operations at Relyance, and skills to take with me as I am
banking and finance workforce, or they said the collaboration ensures that the moving up that can contribute to my
can go to college and get a degree in banking industry lives on within the future goals,” she said.
Hot Springs North Little Rock
Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI)
students have completed their forklift Chuck Massey, CTE Teacher at Cabot
training and are certified on the Nissan High School, won a $500 Classroom
Hot Springs Optimum 50 and the Big Joe Walk-Behind. Makeover at "Teacher Night at the Travs"
in North Little Rock.
Fort Smith Rose Bud
Helen Oliver, Administrative Specialist,
and Kimberley Holland, Counselor of the
Hot Springs Field Office, represented
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services at the
Fourth Annual Community Resource Fair.
ARS partnered with The Difference Makers
of Hot Springs during this event to provide Rose Bud High School Agricultural
advocacy, education, and awareness to Sandy Sanders, Mayor of Fort Smith, Science and Technology students toured
the community. (third from left) showed his support for the Simon Brothers Dairy to learn about
Employing Possibilities Job Fair. This job modern industry practices.
fair was hosted in partnership by Arkansas
Rehabilitation Services and Arkansas
Cash Support Network. Jonesboro
Westside Jonesboro High School
Agricultural Science and Technology Representatives from American Railcar
students visited Cureton Farms to learn Manila High School celebrated its new Industries spoke to students at Northeast
about Agronomy practices, including building and new engineering program Arkansas Career and Technical Center
pumpkin production. taught by Chrissy Barrentine. about career possibilities.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Helps Client with Job
ravis Braswell, a native of provide Braswell with a computer
Fayetteville, received a great so that he could apply for jobs
Tdeal of job coaching from at home. Braswell was granted
the Arkansas Support Network to a computer, and he applied at
get a job. He has held several Smitty’s Garage, a restaurant
jobs, but none of them seemed in Fayetteville. He got the job!
to be the right fit. He would work Arkansas Support Network and
for some time but would inevitably Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
be let go or would have his worked together to supply Braswell
hours reduced. While this was with work clothes. Braswell takes
discouraging, Braswell persevered. great pride in his position and
Arkansas Support Network staff strives to be a good employee. He
members worked with Arkansas is always eager to take on new
Rehabilitation Services to have assignments and duties.
Free Geek, a company that works
to eliminate electronic waste, to
Meek's Lumber Creates Annual Day of Celebration for Former ARS Client
eek's Lumber in Berryville
celebrates a former ARS
Mclient with a day dedicated
Derek Moore has worked for
Meek's Lumber for a decade.
During his time at Meek's, Moore
has overcome difficult obstacles
with a positive attitude. Meek's
Lumber wanted to celebrate his
accomplishments with an annual
celebration of "Derek Moore Day."
During the first annual "Derek
Moore Day," Moore received a
plaque recognizing him for his
commitment to Meek's Lumber.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services,
The Learning Center of North
Arkansas, and Meek's Lumber
worked together to provide Moore
with his job and job coaching
assistance. Derek Moore (center) receives a plaque recognizing him for his commitment to Meek's
Lumber during the first annual "Derek Moore Day."
Career Education and Workforce
Hugh McDonald, Chairman, Little
Senior Management Team Rock
Gina Radke, Vice Chairman,
Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director
Don Bellcock, Internal Auditor Adam Arroyos, Ph.D., Fayetteville
Lorna Claudio, Chief Financial Officer D. Alan McClain, Commissioner Jerry Cash, Ed.D., Harrison
Otis Dixon, Chief Information Officer Joseph Baxter, Deputy Commissioner Scott Copas, Little Rock
Chip McAfee, Director of Communications Jonathan Bibb, Administrator/Associate Michael Garner, Hensley
Dustin Barnes, Assistant Director of Commissioner, Arkansas Career Training Stacy Gunderman, Batesville
Communications Institute Troy Keeping, Marion
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
Administrator Associate Commissioner Keith Vire, Ph.D., Fayetteville
Lisa A. Thompson, Personnel Manager Lynn Franquemont, Director of Burton Weis, Fort Smith
Community Service Programs Ex-Officio Members
Charles Lyford, General Counsel Richard Abernathy, Ed.D.,
James McCune, Chief Financial Officer Executive Director, AR Association
Judy Smith, Transition Director of Special of Educational Administrators
Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director Projects Daryl Bassett, Director, AR
Bridget Bullard Criner, Associate Director Robert Treviño, Associate Commissioner Department of Workforce Services
for Program, Planning Development & Johnny Key, Commissioner, AR
Evaluation Department of Education
Nathan Winter, Associate Commissioner Maria Markham, Ph.D., Director,
for Access & Accommodations AR Department of Higher Education
Mike Preston, Director,
Angela Kremers, Ed.D., Deputy Director AR Economic Development
Cheryl Wiedmaier, Ph.D., Associate 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
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