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JobReady: October 2017 Issue

A publication by the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

Keywords: JobReady,Job Ready,Career-Bound,Arkansas Department of Career Education,ARCareerEd,Disability,Employment,Arkansas,Career Education



A Publication of the Arkansas Department of Career Education

National Disability Employment

Awareness Month

On the cover Table of Contents

William Stevens, a 2017 Project
SEARCH graduate, is now able Around the State
to help others with disabilities find ARCareerEd
employment through his job in 4 Program Helps 5 Check out what the
Transition Services at Arkansas Department of Career
Rehabilitation Services. Texas After Harvey Education has been up
to around the state.
More about National Disability
Employment Awareness Month U.S. Dept. of Labor
6 Awareness Month 8 Police Dept.
on pages 6-7. Facts About to Endorse
Little Rock
October 2017

A public information publication Arkansas Team GCPD Awards
of the Arkansas Department of 8 Places #1 in the 10
Career Education. Nation Scholarships
Charisse Childers, Ph.D.

Communications Department Upcoming Events
Dustin Barnes Oct. 3, 2017 Oct. 4, 2017
Susan King
Chip McAfee Disability Awareness Day JAG Student Leadership
Caty Sample Attend the rally Ledbetter Ballroom A
Ellice Scales at the State Capitol! UA-Little Rock
[email protected] See page 9 for details. 2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204
Arkansas Department of 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Career Education
Three Capitol Mall Oct. 5, 2017 Oct. 13, 2017
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Inclusion Film Camp: ACTI Graduation
501-682-1500 Film Premiere Horner Hall
501-682-1509 fax White Auditorium Hot Springs Convention
Northwest Arkansas Center Community College 134 Convention Blvd.
1 College Dr. Hot Springs, AR 71901
Bentonville, AR 72712 10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Oct. 18, 2017 October is
Business Summit National Disability
Adult Education Capital Hotel
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services 111 W. Markham St. Employment
Career & Technical Education Little Rock, AR 72201 Awareness Month!
Office of Skills Development 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Commissioner's Update Around the

s far back as 1920, the
federal government has Agency
Apromoted policy to encourage
vocational training for individuals D. Alan McClain
with disabilities. These early Arkansas
efforts, along with the Americans Rehabilitation
with Disabilities Act and the most Association elects
recent changes to the Federal disabilities and educates about the
Rehabilitation Act, as amended value of a workforce inclusive of their 2018 leadership
by WIOA, have demonstrated a skills and talents. Of course, our
clear recognition by policy makers ARS Team promotes this in our daily arrie Woodall
that individuals with disabilities are work as we implement strategies to (Benton Field
significant contributors for employers increase competitive and integrated COffice) and Ellice
throughout the country. Reflecting employment for each of our clients.
the important role that different These efforts, along with the Scales (Communications
perspectives play in workforce support of a very engaged business Office) have been elected
success, this year’s National community, are contributing to a as President and Vice
Disability Employment Awareness changing culture that embraces the President, respectively,
Month (NDEAM) theme is “Inclusion employment of individuals with a for the 2018 Arkansas
Drives Innovation.” Observed diverse set of abilities and resulting Rehabilitation Association.
each October, NDEAM celebrates in a more skilled and dedicated The next ARA Conference
the contributions of workers with Arkansas workforce.
will take place May 30-
June 1, 2018, at Hotel
Program Spotlight: Adult Education Hot Springs. For more
information on ARA
dult education programs • All adults have the right to membership, please
provide basic skills complete their education contact Ellice Scales.
Aclasses to adults through the high school
with less than a high school level.
The philosophy of adult learning Adult basic education
in Arkansas is the following: provides basic skills instruction
in reading, writing, and math to
• All adults have the right to adult learners functioning below
an education that enhances the ninth-grade level.
their ability to affect positive Carrie Woodall,
changes in their lives. General adult education is President
instruction for adults functioning
• All adults have the right between ninth- and 12th-grade
to obtain the life skills levels. The purpose of these
that they need to become classes is to assist individuals
self-sufficient, actively in improving their educational
participating members of skills, preparing for the General
society. Educational Development
(GED) Tests, or preparing for
post-secondary standardized Ellice Scales,
entrance exams. Vice President


ARCareerEd Program Helps Texas After Harvey

he Arkansas Department
of Career Education’s
TLaw Enforcement
Support Office (LESO) provides
technologically advanced and
affordable equipment to law
enforcement agencies in the
state of Arkansas.
Recently, several law
enforcement agencies around
Arkansas have used this
provided equipment to help
with rescues, clean-up, and
humanitarian projects in the
areas of Texas affected by
Hurricane Harvey.
The Prairie Grove Police
Department used LESO-issued
property (truck, trailer, utility
vehicle, chainsaws, first aid
equipment, generators, etc.) in
the Houston area assisting in
water rescues, road clearance,
and debris removal.
The Lawrence County
Sheriff's Office used a vehicle
acquired through the LESO
program to deliver emergency
supplies and assist with water
rescue missions.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
used a vehicle acquired through the LESO The Prairie Grove Police Department assisted in water rescues, road clearance, and
program to help with Harvey relief. debris removal in Southeast Texas after Hurricane Harvey.


Little Rock Hot Springs

Little Rock Specialist II for Arkansas Rehabilitation
Tauny Chaffin (middle), Administrative
Services, accepts the award for Arkansas
State Employee Association’s (ASEA) U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman
2017 Outstanding Employee of the Year visits the Arkansas Career Training
from Danny James (left), ASEA’s Executive Institute and enjoys an excellent meal
Director, and Loy Bailey (right), ASEA’s prepared by the Culinary Arts students
Board President. under the direction of Bert Clevenger.
Despite being visually and hearing From the congressman’s Facebook page:
impaired, Chaffin has increased overall The students of ACTI's culinary arts
efficiency by 30% and has provided program are training for careers in the
exceptional support to managers and co- fast-growing services industry. They are
workers. doing great work and will have wonderful
“It was an honor to be recognized as an opportunities after completing training.
outstanding state employee,” Chaffin said.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services “I have to give credit to all supervisors and
receives the Deaf Partnership Award from co-workers who spent countless hours Little Rock
the Arkansas School for the Deaf at the training me and encouraging me along the
Conference on Deaf Education and Career way.”

Little Rock
Little Rock

Little Rock Field Counselor Cecilia
Brunson (left) and Little Rock Field Office
Administrative Specialist Loyda Sandoval
(right) represented Arkansas Rehabilitation
ARS Commissioner Alan McClain Agency Director Charisse Childers, Services at the 2017 Restore Hope
Summit. The Governor’s Biennial Restore
Ph.D., speaks at the Arkansas Girls STEM
and Chief of Field Services Carl Collaborative about supporting science, Hope Summit encourages business and
Daughtery with Arkansas First Lady technology, engineering, and mathematics faith leaders across the state to join in
Susan Hutchinson at the Arkansas (STEM) education through funding and caring for kids in the state foster care
Conference on Deaf Education and programming by partnering with schools system and individuals who are re-entering
Career Readiness. and organizations around the state. society from prison.


Disability Employment National Disability Employment
Awareness Month, each October,
Awareness Month recognizes the societal and
workforce contributions of people
with disabilities.

Myth v.s. Fact
*Information from Accommodations have accurately been
Office of Disability described as “productivity enhancers” and
The ADA Applicants who are Employment Policy come in many shapes and forms.
forces unqualified for a job cannot
employers to claim discrimination Physical Changes
hire unqualified under the ADA. Under the Installing a ramp
individuals with ADA, to be protected from Modifying a workspace
disabilities. discrimination in hiring, an
individual with a Accessible and
disability must be Assistive Technologies
qualified, which
means he or she Ensuring application
must meet all software is accessible
requirements for
a job and be able to perform Providing screen reader software
its essential functions with
or without reasonable Utilizing videophones to facilitate
accommodations. communications with colleagues who
are deaf
Providing The majority of workers Accessible
accommodations with disabilities do not Communications
for people with need accommodations to
disabilities is perform their jobs, and for Providing sign language
expensive. those who do, the cost is interpreters or closed
usually minimal. According captioning at meetings and events
to the Job Accommodation
Network (JAN), a service Making materials available in Braille or
from the U.S. Department large print
of Labor’s Office of Policy Enhancements
Disability Employment Modifying a policy to allow a
service animal in a business
Policy, 57% of Adjusting job schedules to
accommodations cost allow employees with chronic medical
absolutely nothing to make, issues to go to medical appointments
while the rest typically cost and complete their work at alternate
only $500.
times or locations *Information from
Department of Labor

*Information from
DiversityInc. 1945 1962 1988

Congress designated in 1945 The word “physically” was The week was extended to a month and
the first “National Employ the removed to allow inclusion of changed its name to “National Disability
Physically Handicapped Week.” all Americans with disabilities. Employment Awareness Month.”

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

rkansas Rehabilitation Services
averages over 2,500 people
Awith disabilities a year that is
assisted with gaining successfully
integrated employment.
Last month, U.S. News and World
Report identified Arkansas as the top
state for people with disabilities to
become employed.

After her training at the Arkansas
Career Training Institute (ACTI), Kimberly
Anderson opened a hair salon, THA DIVA
OF HAIR, and returned to ACTI as a
part-time instructor. ACTI is a vocational
rehabilitation center.
Thanks to ARS, Destine Boren was able
to complete an internship at Disney during
the Spring. Boren is a Graphic Arts student
at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
This internship opened an opportunity for
an animation internship after graduation
which could lead to an employment

ARS helped Andrew Rodgers achieve his
dream of supporting his family while giving Robert Grissom is employed with Habitat
back to the community. Rodgers was able for Humanity after help from the ARS
to open Incredible kidz Academy due to the Business Engagement team.
financial and moral support ARS provided.

Caitlin Wood is a Certified Rehabilitation
Counselor at the Fayetteville ARS
Field Office. ARS helped Wood with
Pearl Dukes received her Certified financial assistance while she completed
Christopher Goad completed ARS' Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate and is her Master's Degree in Rehabilitation
Supported Employment Program. He is employed at Silver Linings Senior Care Counseling at the University of Arkansas.
now proudly employed at Texas Road because of the assistance from the ARS Her internship at the Fayetteville ARS Field
House. Business Engagement team. Office led to her employment.


U.S. Dept. of Labor to Endorse
Arkansas Team Places Little Rock Police Dept. Apprenticeship Program

#1 in the Nation
he Little Rock Police
Department signed a
n June, during the Tformal agreement with
SkillsUSA Nationals the U.S. Department of Labor’s
ICompetition in Louisville, Office of Apprenticeship to
KY, the Arkansas team in endorse the state’s largest police
Digital Cinema Production department as a registered
was awarded the Silver apprenticeship program. This
partnership allows the force to
Medal for Second Place. offer on-the-job training courses Celebrating the new agreement
are Glenn Curry, Program Advisor,
However, a scoring error and certifications to better Apprenticeship and Construction
was discovered, which led prepare officers for their roles. Technology; Randy Prather, Program
to the Har-Ber High School The state of Arkansas has 102 Coordinator, Apprenticeship and
Construction Technology; Capt.
team's winning First Place registered apprentice programs Marcus Paxton, Little Rock Police
and the Gold Medal. A with about 5,000 apprentices Department’s Training Division; Chief
special ceremony was in various occupations. This is Kenton Buckner, Little Rock Police
Department; Rocky Mantooth, Program
held on Friday, September the first police department in the Advisor, Apprenticeship and Construction
8 to present Sarah state to become an accredited Technology; and Capt. Heath Helton,
Gill and Tyler Ramey program. Little Rock Police Department’s Northwest
Patrol Division.
with their Gold Medal.
Congratulations to these
amazing CTE students for
representing the best and ARS Staff Attends Annual Training Conference for NAMRC
brightest in Arkansas to the
nation! early a dozen staff members
from Arkansas Rehabilitation
NServices attended the 24th
Annual Training Conference for the
National Association of Multicultural
Rehabilitation Concerns, which took
place in Dallas. Members of the
AAMRC chapter who attended the
conference are the following: Lakera Front row (left to right): Lakera
Davis, President; Ellice Scales, Davis, President, Nina Webb, Texas
Immediate Past-President; Yolanda Rehabilitation (Former AAMRC President/
Graves, Secretary; Robin Hunt, Board Member), Karen Cooney, Yolanda Graves
and Robin Hunt.
Member; Karen Cooney, Valencia Back row (left to right): Keondra
Butler, Kimberley Holland, Everett Hampton, Everett Adamson, Juanita Grant,
Adamson, Juanita Grant, Alicia Kimberley Holland, Ellice Scales and
Har-Ber High School student Sarah Olson (ARPROMISE), Jimmy Davis Valencia Butler.
Gill, Instructor Travis Sherman and (ARPROMISE) and Anthony Webb
student Tyler Ramey accepted the (ARPROMISE).
Gold Medal in the SkillsUSA Nationals This year’s theme was London, England. Dhanjal-Outlaw
Competition. “Contemporary Pioneers: Practicing gave an insightful presentation, which
Excellence in Cultural Inclusion.” The detailed her life story of sustaining a
back injury that caused her to be shut
keynote speaker was Meena Dhanjal- out from some in her community due
Outlaw, who lives in Texas by way of to her cultural indifference.


Disability Awareness Day 2017

Enjoy a morning of empowerment, advocacy,

and celebration of our different abilities!

Who: Arkansas Disability Coalition
and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

What: Arkansas Disability Coalition Rally
When: October 3, 2017

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: The State Capitol
2 Floor of Rotunda

Signs are welcome! Prizes will be awarded
for Biggest Team and Best Sign.

See the ABLE

Not the LABEL

Arkansas Department of
Career Education
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

GCPD Awards Scholarships

he Arkansas Governor’s The following students are recipients of the scholarship:
Commission on People
Twith Disabilities (GCPD),
a program of the Arkansas
Department of Career
Education, recently awarded
seven Arkansas students with
scholarships valued at $800
to support their postsecondary
endeavors. Issiah Phillips, Katie Tyree,
The Arkansas Governor’s of Little Rock, is of Prescott, is
Commission on People with Frezel Farr Jr., Brittany Slater, attending Williams attending Ouachita
Baptist University.
Baptist College.
Disabilities awards scholarships of Little Rock, is of Little Rock,
every year. The scholarships attending University is attending the
University of
of Arkansas-Pulaski
are presented to students Technical College. Central Arkansas.
based on their financial need,
academic achievement, school
and community involvement,
goals, and the challenges
faced as a result of his or her
disability. The money used to Cleo Ridgel, Gunner Dobbins,
fund the scholarships is from of Alexander, of Little Rock, is
the fines collected from violators Sidney Medley lives is attending the attending Ouachita
in Arkadelphia, is
University of
Baptist University.
of the state’s accessible parking attending Henderson Arkansas-Pulaski
law. State University. Technical College.

Two ARS Clients were Featured Speakers at International Project SEARCH Conference
ermaine Moore, a 2015 UAMS gender neutrality, and families with
Project SEARCH graduate, and babies (baby changing stations)
JWilliam Stevens, a 2017 UAMS on the UAMS Main Campus. They
Project SEARCH graduate, presented submitted the concerns to UAMS
their project on accessibility issues leadership to resolve the issues. As
on September 26 to ARS leadership of today, this project is 90% complete.
and staff. The two served as The UAMS Project SEARCH site
featured speakers at the 11th Annual was developed in full partnership
Project SEARCH Conference in between UAMS, ACCESS Group,
Pennsylvania on July 28, 2017. Inc., and ARS a division of the
Moore and Stevens identified Arkansas Department of Career From left to right: Sandy Bennett (UAMS
concerns relating to accessibility Education. It is a nine-month employee), Jermaine Moore (2015 Project
issues concerning wheelchairs, innovative job training program for SEARCH graduate), William Stevens
motorized wheelchairs, caregivers, young adults with disabilities. (2017 Project SEARCH graduate), and
Shannon Finley (UAMS employee).


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

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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