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Published by AR Career Ed, 2018-10-04 10:01:09

October 2018 JobReady



A Publication of the Arkansas Department of Career Education

Empowering All: October is National

Disability Employment Awareness Month

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

On the cover Table of Contents

Morgan Gilbert credits Arkansas
Rehabilitation Services for helping her Program Spotlight: Around the State
accomplish her dreams of becoming
a registered nurse at Arkansas The Workforce Check out what the
Children's Hospital. 4 Innovation and 5 Department of Career
More information about Gilbert and Opportunity Act Education has been up
other lives impacted by ARS (WIOA) to around the state.
on Page 6.

JAG Receives
Funding to ARCareerEd
Launch Three Receives
New Programs; Governor's

October 2018 8 Recognized for Top 10 Quality Award
Honor for 12 Time
A public information publication
of the Arkansas Department of
Career Education. Upcoming Events
Charisse Childers, Ph.D. October 5, 2018 October 10, 2018

Communications Department Little Rock Transition Fair District X (Pine Bluff and
Chip McAfee, Crowne Plaza Hotel Monticello) Transition Fair
Director of Communications 201 S. Shackleford Road Southeast Arkansas Education
Susan King Little Rock, AR 72211 Services Co-Op
Ellice Scales 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1022 Scogin Drive
Caty Young Monticello, AR 71655
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
[email protected]
Arkansas Department of October 14 -16, 2018 October 16, 2018
Career Education Arkansas Community Jonesboro Field Office

Three Capitol Mall College Conference Transition Fair
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Marriott Downtown Pocahontas Community
501-682-1500 3 Statehouse Plaza Center
501-682-1509 fax Little Rock, AR 72201 300 Geneva Drive
Pocahontas, AR 72455 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

October 16, 2018 October 17, 2018

Washington County Business Summit
ARS Family Night Capital Hotel
4058 North College 111 W. Markham St.
Adult Education Suite 150 Little Rock, AR 72201
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Fayetteville, AR 72703 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Career & Technical Education 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Office of Skills Development

Commissioner's Update

Toward a More Inclusive Arkansas Workforce

ork is fundamental to our Opportunity Act of 2014 reinforces
identity as Arkansans and the need for our state’s workforce
WAmericans, both individually to become more inclusive regarding
and collectively. It provides purpose hiring practices and aligning these D. Alan McClain
and the opportunity to live an policies with the needs of Arkansas
independent, self-directed life. It employers. Employers across our
supports individuals and families, state are recognizing the many
thereby reducing reliance on publicly- benefits of hiring individuals with
funded services. Put simply, a strong a wide range of abilities and that
workforce is an inclusive workforce, any costs associated with providing
one in which all people, including needed accommodations or supports a disability or an existing employee
people with disabilities, who want to are very much worth the benefits of acquires one. It involves accepting
work can work—and, if needed, have having a more inclusive workplace. the responsibility of becoming
access to the services and supports Despite all of the wonderful engaged in the interactive process
that enable them to do so. advancements over the past 50 of finding an accommodation that
Observed each October, National years, there is still much progress works. As consumers, we can also
Disability Employment Awareness to be made. The unemployment be appreciative that places we shop
Month celebrates the contributions rate for individuals with disabilities are willing to take these chances and
of workers with disabilities and remains high nationally and within we can demonstrate that this is good
educates us about the value of a our own state. According to the 2017 for us as customers, for the workforce,
workforce inclusive of their many Disability Compendium, 31.7% of and for our society. An example of
skills and talents. This year’s theme Arkansans with disabilities ages 18 employers taking the lead in this area
is “America’s Workforce: Empowering to 64 were employed as compared is the recent formation of the Arkansas
All.” National Disability Employment to 74.7% for Arkansans without Business Leadership Network. This
Awareness Month was declared in disabilities. Nationally, 35.9% of group formed to share best practices
1988 by the United States Congress individuals with disabilities ages 18 among themselves and with others
to raise awareness of the employment to 64 were employed compared to an that lead to successful recruitment
needs and contributions of individuals employment rate of 76.8% for persons and retention of employees with a
with all types of disabilities. This without disabilities. As one can see, wide range of abilities. This type
celebration is an extension of the employment gap for persons with of engagement will contribute to
“National Employ the Physically disabilities compared to those without significant progress in reducing the
Handicapped Week” originally disabilities is 40 plus percentage number of individuals with disabilities
observed during the first week of points. This can and must improve. who are unemployed and will also
October beginning in 1962. First, when more people with bring incredible value to the workforce
Since then, our nation and our disabilities adopt employment as of our state.
public policy have made significant a goal, then both they and their Arkansas Rehabilitation Services,
progress in providing employment families can overcome a fear of a Division of the Arkansas Department
opportunities for individuals with failure and a willingness to accept the of Career Education, is the state
disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act of challenge of obtaining a better life by vocational rehabilitation agency.
1973 prohibits the federal government becoming employed and not being Our focus is meeting the needs
from discriminating against applicants fully dependent on public assistance of individuals with disabilities as
and employees based on disability programs. customers; responding to the needs of
and the Americans with Disabilities Act Secondly, employers can be businesses; improving public agency
of 1990 helps people with disabilities encouraged to embrace a culture that collaboration; collaborating with
access the same employment includes more people of wide-ranging community partners, and informing
opportunities and benefits available abilities in all types of employment. and shaping federal-state policy and
to people without disabilities. More This includes being willing to take a practice.
recently, the Workforce Innovation and chance when a new applicant has


Program Spotlight: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

very year the key programs that also mandates VR agencies to engage writing, math, and English Language
form the pillars of the Workforce employers in improving participant Learning. Recently, a second component
EInnovation and Opportunity Act employment outcomes. was added and each provider must also
(WIOA) help tens of millions of job demonstrate how workforce preparation
seekers and workers to connect to good Services under pre-employment skills such as critical thinking, digital
jobs and acquire the skills and credentials transition services include job exploration literacy, employability, time management,
needed to obtain them. Signed into law counseling, work-based learning and financial literacy will be integrated
on July 22, 2014, WIOA is designed to experiences, counseling on opportunities into the curriculum. The third component
help job seekers access employment, for enrollment in comprehensive of IET, workforce training, requires adult
education, training, and support services transition or postsecondary educational education to rely on core partners. Many
to succeed in the labor market and to programs, workplace readiness training organizations can offer the training
match employers with the skilled workers to develop social skills and independent component of the IET such as community
they need to compete in the global living, and instruction in self-advocacy. or technical colleges, local Workforce
economy. Section 511 of the Act addressed One-Stop Contractors, apprenticeship
WIOA requires that workforce individuals employed in subminimum programs, etc.
training and employment programs be wage jobs. Beginning July 22, 2016, An example of a successful IET
coordinated to ensure that the programs WIOA prohibits employers who are program is Fort Smith Adult Education’s
work in tandem, providing consistent Fair Labor Standards Act section 14(c) Electrical Apprenticeship program in
services to job seekers and employers. certificate-holders from hiring and which adult education classes are offered
In Arkansas, our core program partners paying a subminimum wage to any through a partnership with the Arkansas
are Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, individual with a disability who is 24 Construction Education Foundation.
Adult Education, Division of Services for years of age or younger, unless the Apprentices entering the electrical
the Blind, and Department of Workforce employer has reviewed and verified that trade are required to be licensed by the
Services. WIOA ensures employment the individual has completed transition Arkansas Department of Labor, Board
and training programs are evidence- or pre-employment transition services, of Electrical Examiners. This is a four-
based, data-driven, and accountable has applied for vocational rehabilitation year program consisting of 640 hours
to participants and taxpayers. These services and worked for an employment of classroom instruction coinciding with
core partners are required to report on outcome for a reasonable period of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. When
common performance indicators that time before case closure, and has a student completes the program, he or
provide key employment information received career counseling, including she will be granted a "release to test"
such as how many workers entered information and referrals to Federal and and can submit an application to sit for
and retained employment, their median State programs and other resources the journeyman electrician's exam. Fort
wages, whether they attained a credential in the employer’s geographic area. In Smith Adult Education provided over
and their measurable skill gains. addition, WIOA prohibits 14(c) employers 448 hours in basic math as part of the
One objective of WIOA is to improve from paying subminimum wages to any electrical program to 12 students. In
services to individuals with disabilities individual with a disability, regardless of addition, soft skills were emphasized
which lead to competitive integrated age, unless the individual receives career within the classroom for employment
employment opportunities by providing counseling, information, and referrals. retention purposes.
physical and programmatic accessibility One of the major impacts of WIOA One of the main benefits of an IET
to employment and training services. is the requirement to provide access program is that it can provide a first-step
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to high-quality training and helps job foundation towards a career pathway.
(ARS) is meeting that objective through seekers acquire industry-recognized High-demand, high-wage occupations
extensive pre-employment transition credentials for in-demand jobs. Adult give participants an opportunity to earn
services to youth with disabilities and Education providers around the state a living wage for themselves and their
through career counseling for individuals offer Integration Education and Training family. One of the challenges, on the
receiving subminimum wages. Because (IET) to students. IET, modeled after other hand, is identifying funding options
of the pre-employment transition Washington’s Integrated Basic Education for the workforce-training component.
requirements, ARS has been able to and Skills Training (I-BEST), allows adult WIOA has been instrumental in allowing
implement impactful initiatives such as education students to build foundational core partners to braid funds and provide
the Opportunities for Workbased Learning skills with workforce preparation and wrap-around services to clients. Adult
(OWL) program in a large number of training in in-demand occupations. Adult education providers have embraced
Arkansas high schools, giving students education students have been able to WIOA and recognize that this law was
with disabilities important experiences earn certificates of proficiencies and other created to provide those with barriers to
that are preparing them for employment. industry-recognized certifications while employment an opportunity to have a
Not only is this helpful for the students, working on their Arkansas high school piece of the American dream.
it also beneficial to employers who are equivalency diploma.
more likely to have the opportunity to Adult education providers have
hire an individual who already has some always provided the foundational skill-
very important employability skills. WIOA building component such as reading,


Little Rock West Memphis

Job seekers learn about job opportunities
from local businesses at a job fair hosted
by the West Memphis ARS Field Office.
Transition Specialists with the Arkansas The job fair took place Sept. 20. Attendees
Promise Model Demonstration Project said
their final goodbyes during a lunch at the had the opportunity to attend breakout
sessions on Dress for Success, Interview
ARS Central Office location. The team, Techniques, and Social Media.
led by Transition Director Judy Smith,
Little Rock expressed how much they enjoyed working
with one another. The AR PROMISE
five-year research grant was $38 million.
The ten ARS Transition Specialists served Rose Bud
1,027 youth on SSI across 25 Arkansas
counties. Smith helped to develop this
Model Demonstration Grant. Arkansas
is one of 6 states awarded this federal
grant, designed to increase the number
of youth (on SSI ages 14 to 16 at the time
of recruitment) that achieved competitive
integrated employment outcomes.
The team included the following: Jennifer
Carr, Denise Courtney, Jimmy Davis,
Ophelia Lindsey, Shikita Wright-Price,
Darlene Owens, Counselor for the Anthony Webb, Judy Smith, Judith Zinser,
ARS Little Rock Field Office, provided Alicia Olson, and DeMarcus Rayford.
information on Arkansas Rehabilitation
Services to parents and students during Rose Bud High School Agriculture
J.A. Fair High School Parent Night.
Science and Technology students learned
Jonesboro about the transporation industry through
simulators hosted by the Arkansas
Little Rock Trucking Association.


Darlene Owens, Counselor for the Northeast Arkansas Career and
ARS Little Rock Field Office, conducted Technical Center student, Chandler Allison
mock-interviews for Career and Technical won the Lincoln Tech and Matco Tools
Education students. Owens was one of video challenge. The student was awarded
the chosen local professionals for the a personal toolset, a Master Mechanic Representatives from Denso and Hytrol
event. Students interviewed for entry-level tool chest for the technical center. Allison spoke to Jonesboro High School Career
positions in several fields. is also the SkillsUSA State Champion for and Technical Education students about
Automotive Collision Repair Technology. manufacturing and career-building skills.


Empowering All: October is National Disability

Employment Awareness Month

organ Gilbert is living
the life of which she has
Mdreamed at Arkansas
Children’s Hospital.
“I have a love for people, and
I don’t like seeing them sick. If I
can make a difference, I feel like
I’m reaching my goals,” Gilbert
Gilbert is one of the newest
registered nurses at ACH.
Things for her have really begun
to fall into place. She graduated
from UAMS in May. She took
and passed the NCLEX in July
(on the first try!) and started her
nursing career later that month.
Her love for children makes
her even more excited to be at Morgan Gilbert credits Arkansas Rehabilitation Services for helping her accomplish her
dreams of becoming a registered nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
“Caring for children is
awesome. I actually get to you okay?’ I said, ‘No, I’m not,’ She credits her counselor,
be a kid,” she said. “Kids are Gilbert said. Lynda Olden, for helping her
awesome, even when they’re Gilbert went to the hospital. accomplish the milestone.
sick. They still like to play. I’m After medical personnel ran “She called and checked on
really goofy. Kids really bring it multiple tests, doctors diagnosed me. ARS took the stress off of
out.” her with anxiety. me. She talked to me. Every
The bubbly nurse has not “Even now it’s still hard when semester she made sure I was
always been vivacious, she you’re in stressful situations and okay,” Gilbert said.
explains. when you see areas in which you Gilbert said the financial
A few years ago, she was can improve. You literally have assistance she received from
diagnosed with anxiety and to learn to put it in God’s hands,” ARS lowered her anxiety levels
had to be treated for it. She Gilbert said. when it came to paying for
discovered it in her early 20s After beginning therapy, school. She could focus on her
while in class. Gilbert’s mother encouraged studies.
“I remember sitting in my seat her to connect with Arkansas She said she would not be
and all of a sudden, starting with Rehabilitation Services. Not only where she is today without ARS.
the left side of my head, I started did ARS help her with financing “They walk you through it.
getting numb, and it just went school, but Gilbert also found They’ll be there for you. They’ll
down. My arm was getting numb. the encouragement she needed help you and will be there with
I remember my cousin sitting to reach her goal of becoming a you emotionally,” Gilbert said.
behind me, and she was like ‘Are nurse.


Empowering All: October is National Disability

Employment Awareness Month

Kadeshia Johnson started her job as a
Certified Nursing Assistant at Fox Ridge
Assisted Living in April after completing
her training at the Arkansas Career
Training Institute earlier this year. She
was one of the first Certified Nursing
Jeff Gonzagowski of Van Buren accomplished his dream of owning a screen-printing Assisting students to complete the Pre-
business with the assistance of the ARS Small Business Program. Apprenticeship training.

former ARS client accomplished He heard about Arkansas
his dream of owning a screen- Rehabilitation Services and the ARS
Aprinting business with the Small Business Program. While he was
assistance of the ARS Small Business doubtful that he would be approved,
Program. Gonzagowski created and submitted a
Jeff Gonzagowski of Van Buren small business plan. Not only was his
established a reputation in high school plan approved, but it now serves as an
as a talented graphic artist by creating example of a successful proposal that
shirt designs for the school and its other clients can review as they create Thanks to equipment provided by ARS
athletic teams. their own small business plans. Access and Accommodations, David
After he graduated high school, Thanks to the funds provided by Helms was able to continue his job at
he served in the U.S. Army. When he Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Tractor Supply after injuring his legs in two
returned from his duty in Iraq, he was Gonzagowski now has the most modern vehicle accidents.
diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress screen printing equipment in town
Disorder (PTSD). He found it difficult and is able to produce large orders of
to work in many different environments merchandise quickly. He designs and
because of it. This led Gonzagowski produces shirts for both Van Buren and
to the decision that he wanted to be Fort Smith School Districts and recently
his own boss and create his own work was contracted to create the shirts for
environment. the Van Buren Downtown Junk Fest.
He started his screen-printing Staying true to his roots, Gonzagowski
business, Broken Joe's, out of a creates various shirts with an Armed
friend's garage. After months of hard Forces theme which honor our nation’s
work, he was able to rent commerical disabled veterans and active military.
space on Main Street in Van Buren Broken Joe's is located at 515 With the help of ARS and Arkansas
for his business. Gonzagowski did not Main Street Van Buren or visit www. Support Network, Hannah McLarty
obtained an internship in Data Entry at
have the updated equipment needed Keith Glass, CPA. After a few months of
to produce the large orders he was interning, she was offered a permanent
receiving. position.


JAG Receives Funding to Launch Three New Programs;

Recognized for Top Honor for 12 Time

ntergy Arkansas and AT&T
Arkansas collectively gave
E$65,000 to three Arkansas
school districts to begin new
JAG programs. The recipients JAG
are the Brookland School Jobs for
District, the Hot Springs School
District, and the Little Rock
School District. Arkansas
Jobs for Arkansas
Graduates, which is a state
affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates
Graduates (JAG), is a state-
based, national non-profit
organization dedicated to
preventing dropouts among
young people who have serious students and communities. student participation in
barriers to graduation and/or “We see this as an environments that provide
employment. This program is investment in our community hands-on learning, activities,
offered in 115 Arkansas schools and our people. These and opportunities for work-
and serves 3,980 students. businesses represented today based learning – all while the
During the check allow us to continue and expand students can earn course credit
presentation at the Arkansas JAG,” Childers said. by securing and maintaining
State Capitol, Governor Asa The Arkansas affiliate has employment in their local
Hutchinson said the following: also been recognized for the communities,” said Childers.
“This could not happen without coveted “5-of-5 Performance The numbers were based
the private sector’s support for Award,” which recognizes states on the 2017 graduating class.
this. I want to thank Entergy who have met certain goals in Students who participated
and AT&T for their generous five key areas, which include in JAG had a 95 percent
support that makes it happen in graduation, positive outcomes, graduation rate, while non-
these schools.” and employment rates. This participating JAG students had
Governor Hutchinson serves is the 12th consecutive year an 87 percent graduation rate.
as a National Board Member for Arkansas has received such Tyson Foods is also a
JAG. distinction. financial contributor to JAG.
Charisse Childers, Ph.D., The Arkansas chapter was The Arkansas-based company
Director of the Arkansas also acknowledged for students presented $5,000 to the
Department of Career earning the second highest organization for its Career
Education, saluted the amount of scholarships in the Development Conference,
businesses for their contribution nation. which was held in the spring.
and shared how it empowers “This is a credit to JAG


JAG Receives Funding to Launch Three New Programs;

Recognized for Top Honor for 12 Time

AT&T presents the check to Brookland
School District. Pictured (l-r): Steven
Hovis, Principal of Brookland High School;
Melinda Faubel, Director of External
Affairs for AT&T Jonesboro; Rhonda Cline,
External Affairs for AT&T Jonesboro; Keith
McDainel, Superintendent of Brookland
School District; Governor Asa Hutchinson;
Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of
the Arkansas Department of Career
Education; Janelle Duray, Senior Vice Entergy Arkansas presents the check to Hamilton Learning Academy. Pictured
President of Jobs for America's Graduates; (l-r): Rod Nagle, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Operations for Tyson
Carolyn McNeely, Career and Technical Foods and JAG National Board Member; Cassandra Greene, Principal of Hamilton
Education Coordinator for Crowley's Ridge Learning Academy; Shameka Montgomery, Little Rock School District Director of
Educational Service Cooperative; and Rod Career and Technical Education; Mike Poore, Superintendent for Little Rock School
Nagle, Senior Vice President of Human District; Governor Asa Hutchinson; Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas
Resources Operations for Tyson Foods Department of Career Education; Janelle Duray, Senior Vice President for Jobs for
and JAG National Board Member. America's Graduates; Ventrell Thompson, Manager of Regulatory Affairs for Entergy
Arkansas; and Marvin Burton, Deputy Superintendent for Little Rock School District.

Entergy Arkansas presents the check to
the Hot Springs School District. Pictured
(l-r): Rod Nagle, Senior Vice President of
Human Resources Operations for Tyson
Foods and JAG National Board Member;
Taryn Echols, Principal for Hot Springs
World Class High School; Stephanie
Nehus, Superintendent for the Hot Springs The Arkansas JAG Program receives the 5-of-5 Performance Award. Pictured (l-r):
School District; Governor Asa Hutchinson; Dennis Dutler, Technical Assistance Coordinator for Jobs for Arkansas Graduates; Rod
Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Nagle, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Operations for Tyson Foods and
Arkansas Department of Career Education; JAG National Board Member; Sonja Wright-McMurray, Associate Director for Career and
Janelle Duray, Senior Vice President for Technical Education – Special Projects; Governor Asa Hutchinson; Charisse Childers,
Jobs for America's Graduates; and Ventrell Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education; Janelle Duray, Senior
Thompson, Manager of Regulatory Affairs Vice President for Jobs for America's Graduates; and Shannon Buckner, Jobs for
for Entergy Arkansas. Arkansas Graduates / Special Populations Program Coordinator.


ARCareerEd Receives Governor's Quality Award

he Arkansas Department
of Career Education is
Tone of 25 organizations
across the state who received
the coveted Arkansas Governor’s
Quality Award. Governor Asa
Hutchinson presented the awards
during a celebration at the Marriott
Hotel in downtown Little Rock.
This Governor’s Quality Award
Program is a partnership with
the Arkansas State Chamber of
The award goes to
organizations that engage in
continuous quality improvement.
Recipients of this award are
celebrated for excellence in
organizational performance.
In addition to recognition,
organizations receive an in- Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education,
accepts the Challenge Award on behalf of the agency. She was presented the award by
depth evaluation of management Governor Asa Hutchinson and Greg Stubblefield, Vice President of Clinical Services at
systems and a written feedback Baptist Health.
report citing strengths and areas
for improvement.
There are four award levels
of Performance Excellence,
and they include the following
(arranged in descending order of
qualifications): the Governor’s
Award, the Achievement Award,
the Commitment Award, and the
Challenge Award.
The Arkansas Department of
Career Education received the
Challenge Award.
“The award application
process provided a ‘snapshot’
of our current approach to
continuous improvement, said
Kelly Hunt Lyon, Ed.D., Strategic
Planning and Development
Manager for the Arkansas
Department of Career Education.
“We will be receiving a feedback Alan McClain, Commissioner for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services; Lisa Kelley, Quality
report that we can use to further Assurance Manager; Sonja Wright-McMurray, Associate Director for Special Projects;
the agency’s mission, vision and Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education; Kelly
Lyon, Ed.D., Strategic Planning and Development Manager; and Cody Waits, Deputy
values.” Director for Office of Skills Development, celebrate the agency's achievement.


Career Education and Workforce
Development Board

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
Kelly Hunt Lyon, Ed.D., Strategic Planning Commissioner, Arkansas Career Training Stacy Gunderman, Batesville
and Development Manager Institute Troy Keeping, Marion
DeCarlia Smith, Human Resources Rodney Chandler, Director of Business Steve Percival, Little Rock
Administrator Engagement Jenifer Price, Springdale
Lisa A. Thompson, Personnel Manager Carl Daughtery, Chief of Field Services/ Jeff Standridge, Ed.D., Conway
Associate Commissioner Keith Vire, Ph.D., Fayetteville
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
Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director Judy Smith, Transition Director of Special of Educational Administrators
Daryl Bassett, Director, AR
Bridget Bullard Criner, Associate Director Projects
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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