News Events Staff Announcements
October 29 - November 11, 2017
Calendar of Events Birthdays
Oct. 31 Nov. 9 Oct. 29 Rachel Hawkins
Open Enrollment Ends The River Valley Technology Oct. 29 Catherine Thomas
Challenge Nov. 1 Connie Briggs
Arkansas Tech University Nov. 1 Barbara Malone
1605 N. Coliseum Dr. Nov. 3 Douglas Hunt
Oct. 31 Russellville, AR 72801 Nov. 4 Cynthia Bullard
Happy Halloween! Nov. 4 Lesia Edwards
Nov. 5 Kensel Spivey
Nov. 9 Nov. 5 Judy Wynn
Little Rock Transition Fair Nov. 6 Frank Baptist
NOAH’s Event Center Nov. 6 Carlton Lawyer
21 Rahling Circle Nov. 6 Angala Moss
Little Rock, AR 72223 Nov. 6 Rebecca Schwarz
Nov. 7 Jenna Brown
Nov. 8 Garey Breshears
Nov. 8 Dale Turrentine
Nov. 9 Latrinda Woodruff
Nov. 10 Tynesha Ivory
Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 10 Jonathan Roberson
Creating Opportunities for All State Offices Closed in
Youth Graduation Ceremony Observation of Veterans Day
1501 Woody Dr.
Alexander, AR 72022
St. Bernards Hospital brings Project SEARCH to Jonesboro The
A publication by the
Arkansas Department of
Charisse Childers, Ph.D.
St. Bernards Project SEARCH interns and St. Bernards Hospital staff cut the ribbon at Chip McAfee
the St. Bernards Project SEARCH Kick-Off Celebration. Caty Sample
S t. Bernards Hospital Group, Inc., and ARS, a division [email protected]
launched the Project
of the Arkansas Department
SEARCH internship of Career Education. Project ARCareerEd.org
program with a kick-off SEARCH is a nine-month @ARCareerEd
innovative job training program
celebration and ribbon cutting for young adults with disabilities.
on Oct. 9. The St. Bernards
Hospital Project SEARCH ®
site was developed in full
partnership between St.
Bernards Hospital, ACCESS
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Phone Booth Optional Boss’ Day
from District X
he capes were flying as
Superheros came out in big
Tnumbers at the 15th Annual
Business Expo, hosted by the Heber
Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Several local businesses sponsored
this event held October 5, 2017. Great
food was provided by McDonald’s
and Cindy’s Sweets & Eats from
Heber Springs. The day’s theme
was DC vs. Marvel and many of
the local vendors dressed as their
favorite comic crusader. The “Spin Wonder(ful) Women: Business From the staff at District X:
It to Win It” Game gave away some Engagement Representative Denise
prizes along with door prizes for all Wilson, Administrative Specialist Judy onday, October 16th
who chose to participate. According McDoniel and VR Counselor Robin Tate.
to the Chamber of Commerce, more was National Boss’
than 700 guests attended this year. MDay!
In charge of the booth for Arkansas District X is blessed to have
Rehabilitation Services were “Bat the “ONE and ONLY,” Mr.
Woman,” (alias VR Counselor Sterling Hughes as their Boss!
Robin Tate), two “Wonder Women” Mr. Hughes serves as the
(alias Administrative Specialist Judy District Manager for Monticello
McDoniel and Business Engagement
Representative Denise Wilson), along and Pine Bluff ARS Offices.
with Administrative Specialist Shelia Both offices showed their
Robinson. All are from the Batesville appreciation to him. Monticello
Field Office. The Super Group came staff members provided
to the rescue of employers and Hughes with a fellowship meal
citizens alike, educating them on the Denis Wilson, ARS Business and a gift card to one of his
many services available to provide Engagement (Batesville), chats with an favorite restaurants. The Pine
the help they need. It was a great attendee about ARS services.
opportunity to network with new Bluff staff gave Hughes a gift
and established businesses and to card.
build relationships with surrounding They said, “Thank you, Mr.
communities. The Expo helps to Hughes, for all you do! We
bring economic, educational, and appreciate you!”
civic interests together in a fun
environment to serve the citizens of
ACTI Staff Participates at Teacher Workday
to all the
The staff at Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) was exposed to new ways of
engaging students at Teacher Workday.
Important reminder: Open enrollment ends October 31.
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Entergy Arkansas Provides Funding for GED Testing
ntergy Arkansas provided
a $50,000 grant to the
EAdult Education division
of the Arkansas Department
of Career Education. This
grant will help offset the
costs of General Education
Development (GED) tests.
Entergy Arkansas presents the check to the Adult Education Division of the Arkansas
Department of Career Education. Pictured in the front row (Left to right): Charisse
Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education; Dianne
Doyle, High School Equivalency Administrator; Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director of
Adult Education; Tom Kennedy, Entergy Arkansas, VP of Public Affairs; Tametra Bowie,
Director of the Goodfellas Barber College; Larry Schleicher, Director of the LRSD Adult
Education Center; and Todd Hunter, Program Advisor-Adult Education. Behind them are
students and teachers from the Little Rock School District's Adult Education Center.
Third Annual Business Summit Reaffirms AAMRC Hosts First
Mission to Hire People with Disabilities One-Day Training
ozens of companies were
represented at the Third rkansas
DAnnual Business Summit, Association of
which took place at the Capital AMulticultural
Hotel in downtown Little Rock. Rehabilitation Concerns
This year’s theme, “Inclusion (AAMRC) held its first
Drives Innovation,” served as a One-Day Training
renewed commitment to hiring Seminar on Oct. 12 at
people with disabilities. Research the Goodwill Industries
shows that doing so positively of Arkansas in Little
affects a company’s bottom line. Ashley Johnson Cross (center), ARS’
The Business Summit has Corporate Business Relations Manager, Rock. The theme was
was recognized for her leadership and
grown exponentially since its dedication to the Arkansas Business Mental Health: From Our
inception in 2015, resulting in Leadership Network. The award was Scope of Practice. The
Arkansas’ recent affiliation with the presented by David Maples, Secretary/ speakers were Christina
United States Business Leadership Treasurer of the Arkansas Business Hopson-Allen, Dr. Carolyn
Network (BLN). The board Leadership Network, and Rashad Delph, Jenkins, and Dr. Zabrina
President and Chair of the Arkansas
members of the new Arkansas BLN Business Leadership Network. Weaver.
were introduced at the Business
Summit. They include the
following: Rashad Delph, Director
of Talent Acquisition, Pipeline
Strategy, and Global Mobility at
Tyson Foods, Inc.; David Maples,
Owner of Maples Insurance; Juli
Nelson, District Manager at TJX
Company; and Mark Jostad, Senior
Human Resources Compliance TJ Maxx of Arkansas received the
Manager at J.B. Hunt Transport. Distinguished Business Award. Jon
Taylor (holding award) accepted the
Beth Butler, the Executive recognition, presented by Alan McClain,
Director of the North Carolina BLN, ARS Commissioner; Morgan Aldridge, Dr. Carolyn Jenkins presents Dealing
with Difficult and Diverse Clients
and Rashad Delph of Tyson Foods, Legislative and Agency Liaison to during the AAMRC One-Day Training.
Inc., served as keynote speakers. Governor Asa Hutchinson; and Hugh
McDonald, Chair, Career Education and
Workforce Development Board.
Please e-mail any submissions for The Scene to [email protected].
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Conway Field Office Hosts Transition Fair
he ARS Conway Field
Office hosted a Transition
TFair on Oct. 18. Transition
Fairs help expose people with
disabilities to the services of the
agency and other vendors.
Russellville Field Office Hosts Transition Fair in Dardanelle
he Russellville Field Office
hosted a Transition Fair
Tin Dardanelle for Yell
County High School students
on Oct. 17. Transition Fairs help
educate the public and people
with disabilities about various