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Published by AR Career Ed, 2018-03-23 14:59:57

The Scene__March 25 - April 7, 2018


News Events Staff Announcements

March 25 - April 7, 2018

Calendar of Events Birthdays

March 28 April 1 March 24 Doris Franklin
AKDC Board Meeting Easter March 24 Diane Hughes
Central Office March 25 Ronald Ball
12:00 p.m. March 25 Douglas Everhart
March 26 Adam Arroyos
March 27 Eddie Plaster
March 28 Deannine Haley
March 28 Amy Lamb

March 27 - March 29 March 29 Debra Bright
Catapult Health Worksite March 29 Priscilla Wacaster
Checkups March 30 Marna Farris
Central Office Auditorium March 30 Stephanie Isaacs
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. March 30 Alisa James
April 5 April 1 Natashia Henderson
Career Fest April 1 Susan Hovey
Fort Smith Field Office April 2 Charlotte Green
Business Expo April 2 Shaylon Ware
March 28 - March 29 Fort Smith Field Office April 2 Michelle Woods
Perkins Administrator/ 400 Rogers Ave. Suite C April 3 Linda Morgan
Federal Grants Management Fort Smith, AR 72901 April 3 Claudia Sides
Meeting 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. April 4 David Boyd
Heifer Village April 5 Donna Parker
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. April 6 Dena Baker
April 7 Sydney Washington

Administrative Specialist Training Conference The

RS Field Services
hosted a two-day training A publication by the
Aconference themed Arkansas Department of
Career Education
“Building a Foundation Through Communication Department.
Support” for the Administrative
Specialists in every Field Office. Director
Attendees participated in Charisse Childers, Ph.D.
team building exercises, Q&A Communications Department
sessions, and informative Chip McAfee,
presentations on various Director of Communications
topics related to Arkansas Dustin Barnes
Rehabilitation Services. Susan King
Caty Sample
Ellice Scales

[email protected]


ARS Field Services staff participates
in a team building exercise during
the Administrative Specialist Training


March 25 - April 7, 2018 Page 2

Welcome: February New Hires Around the


isa Thompson was recently
promoted to the Senior
LManagement Team as
Personnel Manager. Thompson
Angela Cassidy has been employed with the
James Almstrom ARS/ACTI Department of Career Education
ARS/ACTI Inventory Control Technician since June 2013 as Assistant
Vocational Teacher Personnel Manager. She
attained her Bachelor’s Degree
in Business Administration from
the University of Arkansas at
Little Rock and her Associate
of Applied Science Degree in
Computer Information Systems
from University of Arkansas-
Pulaski Technical College.
Lesa Thomas James Tibbitts Raised in Yorktown, Arkansas,
ARS/ACTI ARS/Field Services/Harrison Thompson has lived in Little
Food Preparation Coordinator Administrative Specialist II Rock for the past 18 years.
When not working, she enjoys
reading, playing basketball,
racquetball, traveling, and
meeting new people. Thompson
is a die-hard football fan who
can’t wait for each season to
begin. Her passion is helping
others through the outreach
Antoniette Thomas homeless ministry at her church.
Walter Holley Program Advisor
Vocational Teacher


Lisa Wilson
Champange Hudson

Patricia Becker Lisa A. Thompson,
Audit Coordinator Personnel Manager

Arkansas Rehabilitation Association Conference: “Strenght Through Inclusion”

eadline for registration is April • NRA Registration $270 • Presenter One-Day Admission
15. Deadline for consideration Current member of NRA Complimentary
Dto attend the ARA Conference (includes Awards Luncheon Allows a person presenting at
will be April 20. All Training Requests admission on 5/31/18) the conference that same day to
for the ARA Conference should be • Non-NRA Registration $340 attend other conference sessions
submitted to Field Services – Carl General Conference Admission and receive CRC/CEU credits
Daughtery. All special circumstances (includes Awards Luncheon on that particular day. They will
after the April 15 deadline will need to admission on 5/31/18) need to follow proper session
be staffed with Carl Daughtery. Hotel • One-Day Training for CRC $115 check-in procedure and stay for
reservations will be coordinated with One day training with education entire session. Presenter will have
Hotel Staff and Staff Development and credits and CRC. (if Thursday to register and pay for any days
Training. 5/31/18 is selected, it will include they are not presenting if they
If you have any questions, please Awards Luncheon admission) want credits separately. Awards
contact Mary Hunt at mary.hunt@ Luncheon admission will have or 501-296-1674. to be purchased separately if
presenting on 5/31/18.

Please e-mail any submissions for The Scene to [email protected].


March 25 - April 7, 2018 Page 3

Business Panel Speaks at WIOA Partners Meeting

RS Business Engagement
hosted a panel of business
Aprofessionals at the recent
WIOA conference in Little Rock.
Facilitated by ARS Business
Engagement Corporate Accounts
Manager Ashley Cross, the panel
addressed issues such as the
needs for soft skills training, the
need for businesses to be involved
in curriculum development, and
the changing culture of secondary
education and job opportunities.
“We need to impress upon young
job seekers and parents that it’s okay Business panelists (l-r): Bentley Wallace, VP of Economic Development, UA-Pulaski
to train in skilled trades positions,” Tech; Sherry Childers, VP of Regions Bank; Gina Radke, CEO, Galley Support
Innovations; Kevin Robinson, VP Human Resources, Iberia Bank Mortgage; Randy
Gina Radke, CEO of Galley Support Zook, President/CEO, State Chamber of Commerce; moderator Ashley Cross, Business
Innovations said. “The stereotype Engagement Corporate Accounts Manager, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
of manufacturing being a dirty
environment is false. Aside from good funding for students pursuing skilled a constant theme discussed with
wages and benefits, the training for trades paths. The need is becoming the business panel and audience
skilled trades jobs is much quicker apparent that it would benefit our members.
than the traditional four-year college economy if more money were spent Randy Zook, President, and CEO
path.” toward these positions than we have of the Arkansas State Chamber
Bentley Wallace, VP of Economic seen.” of Commerce summed it up best:
Development at Pulaski Technical The focus on education and “When you learn more, you earn
College concurred: “We’re seeking preparing students with the “soft more.”
ways to secure more grants and skills” desired by employers was

Changes to the Communications Department Procedures

s of March 30, the listed in the guide. business cards to $16.50 for
Communications If you are in Field Services, 500 business cards and from
ADepartment will no you MUST continue to follow $14.69 for 1,000 business cards
longer have the large printer. the Communications Printing to $32.98 for 1,000 business
As a result, we will be farming Calendar. This is to help both cards.
out the printing of the Agency’s ACI and Finance, so things run The Communications
brochures to the Arkansas smoothly and timely. Department has updated the
Correctional Industries (ACI). The Communications Business Card Order Form with
The Communications Department will work directly the new vendor information at
Department has developed with ACI to provide print-ready the bottom.
a new Authorization for Color and up-to-date files of these The process to order business
Copies Form and an ARS brochures. cards is still the same. The
Library Guide that goes along As of April 2, the Agency’s vendor, price and order form
with the new form. On this business cards will be printed has changed.
guide is every brochure that through the Department of To receive copies of the
ACI has updated files of on Human Services (DHS) instead forms mentioned, please
hand. To order copies, you must of UALR Printing Services. e-mail ACECommunications@
submit this form along with a This change will prevent the If you have any
Request for Purchase (RFP) to Agency from having to create questions, please contact the
Finance. This must be approved the card in-house. Instead, DHS Communications Department.
by your Supervisor and SMT will take the information on the
Member before it is submitted. Business Card Order Form to
If the amount is over $1,000, build the card in the templates
it must be approved by the that the Communications
Commissioner as well. Department has provided.
Please put your physical The turnaround time for
address on the Request for receiving your printed business
Purchase, not a P.O. Box, cards should be faster as well.
because ACI will ship the One thing to note about
brochures directly to your office. this change is the price will
Shipping is included in the cost increase from $8.67 for 500


March 25 - April 7, 2018 Page 4

ARS Business Engagement on the Move

“ he Business Engagement
Unit is continuing to expand
Tits partnership to meet and
promote Arkansas Rehabilitation
Services (ARS) as the one-stop
business service provider for
Arkansas employers to get answers
and assistance with their disability-
related needs,” Rodney Chandler,
Director of Business Engagement
for ARS, said. “One of our strategic
goals is to develop relationships
with businesses that result in
multiple employment opportunities
that benefit the dual customer. The
dual customer is our employers and
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Recently, members of the
ARS Business Engagement unit Tim Orellano, President of the Industry Liaison Group, speaks to Federal Contractors
attended the Arkansas Industry about Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and our partnership.
Liaison Group Association meeting
in Little Rock. The Industry Manager Ashley Cross presented
Liaison Group (ILG) includes information on the Arkansas
organizations from both public Business Leadership Network
and private sectors. It consists (ARBLN). The ARBLN is a non-
mainly of Federal Contractors that profit business-to-business
are required to maintain voluntary corporation striving to address skills
compliance with the Office of needs of Arkansas employers by
Federal Contract Compliance leveraging the large and talented
(OFCCP). The ILG focuses on pool of Arkansans with disabilities.
providing a forum for information “Our business-to-business model
exchange and continuing education is critical to shaping curriculums in
in the areas of affirmative Arkansas to meet the skill demands
compliance, equal employment of employers and to create more
opportunity regulations, and relevant training and successful
updates from the Department of outcomes for all Arkansans,”
Labor/Office of Federal Contract Chandler said. ARBLN’s focus is Ashley Cross (right), ARS Business
compliance and workforce diversity. on education, training programs Engagement Corporate Accounts Manager,
At the March ILG meeting, and resources that support presents the mission of the Arkansas
Arkansas Business Leadership employer initiatives to proactively Business Leadership Network (ARBLN), to
Board member Mark Jostad include people with disabilities in members of ILG.
of JB Hunt and ARS Business the workforce, marketplace and
Engagement Corporate Account supplier industry.

ARS Counselor Completes Leadership Program Thank

ecilia Brunson, ARS Field
Counselor in the Little
CRock office, completed you,
the STAND Foundation’s
Leadership Program on
March 10. The leadership ARS!
program provides training in
the areas of personal, career,
and community service A few latitudes of gratitude
development. for all you’ve done!

-Anthony Webb

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