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Published by AR Career Ed, 2017-11-01 11:37:01

JobReady: November 2017 Issue



A Publication of the Arkansas Department of Career Education

FFA Connects Generations

at the State Fair

On the cover Table of Contents

Two generations of State Fair
Grand Champion Steer winners: Around the State
Eric Walker and his daughter Red Carpet Rolled
Whitney Walker. Also pictured is 4 5 Check out what the
the award-winning steer Steve O. Out for Filmmaking Department of Career
Students Education has been up
to around the state.
More information about FFA
Connecting Generations at The
State Fair on Page 8.

6 Entergy Arkansas 9 CTSOs Represented

at the Arkansas
Provides Funding
November 2017 for GED Testing State Fair

A public information publication
of the Arkansas Department of
Career Education. Virtual Reality St. Bernards
Director Competition Hospital
Charisse Childers, Ph.D. 11 Sends Arkansas 12 brings Project

Communications Department Students to SEARCH to
Dustin Barnes Headquarters Jonesboro
Susan King
Chip McAfee
Caty Sample
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Noon Career Education and
Workforce Development
Nov. 10, 2017 Board Meeting

Adult Education Veterans Day 525 W. Capitol Ave.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services In observance of Veterans Little Rock, AR 72201
Career & Technical Education Day, all state offices will be 1:30 p.m.
Office of Skills Development

Board Member's Update

ccording to the Bureau of Labor almost every case, it’s better for the
Statistics, the two fastest- individual, and it’s less expensive to Keith Vire, Ph.D.
A growing occupations in the the taxpayer. Career
country are Home Health Aides and So why, if this is such a critical Education and
Personal Care Aides. BLS projects the need, don’t we see more of a focus on Workforce
need in these two careers will increase expanding the field of direct support? Board Member
by 70% over the next few years. In The main reason is that, in the job
real numbers, it’s estimated that we training and development arena, we
will have to add 2.8 million workers by tend to be drawn to those occupations
2020 to meet the growing need. The that will offer folks the potential for critical point, it has never been more
reasons are perhaps obvious; as our higher earnings, or at the very least, important that we focus our attention
population ages, more and more of us a living wage. Providing care for on developing and expanding the field.
will need assistance to function in our individuals who have disabilities or To meet the growing need for direct
homes and communities. for the elderly has historically not support workers, we must focus our
From a state and federal budget been among those occupations— efforts in two areas: First, we must
standpoint, it makes sense for us people who provide these supports create those recruitment and training
to increase our efforts to provide are notoriously underpaid and don’t programs to prepare a new wave of
recruitment and training in this receive the respect that such an support professionals. Second, we
critical area. For every year that an important role deserves. This becomes must continue to lobby and fight for
older person can remain at home, a “chicken and egg” question. Are adequate wages for those who choose
the savings to the taxpayer is these jobs not respected because they to enter the field. This is important,
significant. The cost of supporting don’t pay well, or do they not pay well and we at the Arkansas Department
individuals who have disabilities in because they aren’t highly respected? of Career Education must take the
the community is but a fraction of Because the need is obvious, and lead in creating a new and well-trained
the cost of institutionalization. Home because the shortage of trained and workforce.
and community-based care are one willing Home Health and Personal
of those rare win-win situations—in Care Aides is already reaching the

Program Spotlight: Career & Technical Education

rkansas Career and • Future Farmers of America • HOSA-Future Health
Technical Education (CTE) (FFA): FFA makes a positive Professionals: HOSA empowers
Ahas adopted a bold new difference in the lives of students to become leaders in the global
national vision for career and by developing their potential for health community through
technical education. This vision premier leadership, personal education, collaboration, and
was developed by the Advance growth and career success • experience.
through agricultural education.
Technology Student
CTE to emphasize the critical role • Family, Career and Community Association (TSA): TSA is a
that CTE plays in our nation’s Leaders of America (FCCLA): national organization of students
educational advancement and FCCLA promotes personal growth engaged in science, technology,
economic competitiveness. and leadership development engineering and mathematics
The technical knowledge, through Family and Consumer (STEM).
workplace skills, and real-world Sciences education. • SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a
experience gained through CTE • Future Business Leaders of partnership of students, teachers,
prepare our current and future America (FBLA): FBLA prepares and industry working together
workforce for the high-skill, high- students for careers in business. to ensure America has a skilled
wage, high-demand careers so • DECA: DECA prepares emerging workforce. SkillsUSA helps each
leaders and entrepreneurs for
student excel.
vital in today’s economy. careers in marketing, finance,
Arkansas CTE provides career- hospitality and management in
related guidance to the following high schools and colleges around
student organizations: the globe.


Around the Red Carpet Rolled Out for Filmmaking Students


ARS Counselors
Pass CRC

ounselors Tynesha
Ivory and Cecilia
CBrunson recently
passed the Certified
Rehabilitation Counselor
(CRC) certification
program. According
to the Commission on
Rehabilitation Counselor
Certification’s (CRCC)
official website, the CRC
was created “to enhance Filmmakers are interviewed on the red carpet before the premiere of the films they
created during the Inclusion Films Camp early in the year.
the quality of services
delivered to individuals with red carpet event worthy of
disabilities.” Hollywood took place
A in northwest Arkansas on
Oct. 5. It was the Premiere Event
of three short films by Arkansas
high school juniors and seniors with
disabilities. The films were shot as
part of Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films
Camp held in April at the Northwest
Arkansas Community College in
Rogers. Travolta, brother of Oscar-
winning actor John Travolta, has
conducted these camps for over Joey Travolta, Johnna McClain, and Alan
Tynesha eleven years all over the country. The McClain, ARS Commissioner, walk the red
Ivory filmmaking students and their families carpet.
were treated to a Film Premiere
Gala complete with a red carpet,
photographers, and popcorn! The
students also received achievement
certificates and copies of their movies.
Travolta announced that he would
be making his Inclusion Films Camp
an annual event in Arkansas. The
Arkansas Department of Career
Education is proud to be a partner
with Inclusion Films and Arkansas
Cecilia Transition Services to bring this
Brunson fantastic camp to the students of Filmmakers autograph movie posters of
Arkansas. their film during the red carpet premiere.


Conway Little Rock

ARCareerEd Director, Charisse Childers,
Ph.D. spoke at the Conway Field Office Leila Holmes, Occupational Therapist,
Transition Fair on Oct. 18. Transition Fairs and Devin Bryant, Program Manager,
Little Rock help expose people with disabilities to the Alternative Financing Program, answered
services of the agency and other vendors. questions at a booth at the Arkansas
Workers’ Compensation Commission
Educational Conference, which took place
Pine Bluff at the Little Rock Marriott.

Hot Springs

ARS participated in “Disability Awareness
Day” at the Capitol, an annual event to
recognize October as National Disability
Employment Awareness Month. Governor
Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation to TEP 2017 graduates Alliyah Madden,
mark the occasion. The month calls on all Eulalia Mackay, and Miracle Thompson
Americans to recognize the contributions fielded questions from parents, students,
of people with disabilities and the need to and teachers during a TEP 2018
hire people with disabilities. ARS was well Recruitment Meeting.
represented at the event as staff members “Each of them was very thorough,
showcased the various programs to prove professional, honest, and graceful,” The ARS Hot Springs Field Office hosted
the division’s commitment to vocational Transition Services Director Judy Smith a Transition Fair on Oct. 5. Transition
rehabilitation. said. “It was apparent that their responses Fairs educate the public and people with
disabilities about various services.
to the multitude of questions added
immeasurable value to this presentation.”
Little Rock Dardanelle

Hot Springs

Arkansas Association of Multicultural
Rehabilitation Concerns (AAMRC) held its Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) The Russellville Field Office hosted
first One-Day Training Seminar on Oct. 12 held its 191 Commencement Ceremony a Transition Fair in Dardanelle for Yell
at the Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. on Oct. 13. County High School students on Oct. 17.


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.

Cable One Donates Money to CTE Program

able One Inc. donated
$10,000 to the Texarkana
CCareer and Technological
Center's Razorback TV
program. These funds will be
used to upgrade the Razorback
TV studio, located on the
campus of Arkansas High
School in Texarkana.

Cable One presents the check to the Razorback TV studio, a CTE program. Pictured in
the front row (left to right): Eva Nadeau, Principal; Natasha Hampton, Director; Lakenn
Lach, student; David Wall, Cable One General Manager; Logan Miller, student; and Kane
Simmons, student. Pictured in the back row (left to right): Becky Kessler, Superintendent;
Jekiyah Bullock, student; Alainna Green, student; Magaly Montecillo, student; Michel
Westbrook, teacher; and Kion Coleman, student.


Entergy Arkansas Provides Funding to Begin JAG in Three High Schools

eginning in the spring
semester, students at Benton
BHigh School, Harmony Grove
High School, and Wilbur D. Mills
University Studies High School will
be able to participate in Jobs for
Arkansas Graduates, or JAG, as
a result of funding from Entergy
JAG is an organization that is Entergy Arkansas presents the check Entergy Arkansas presents the check
dedicated to preventing dropouts to Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High to Benton School District. Pictured (left to
among high school students School. Pictured (left to right): Sonja right): Sonja Wright-McMurray, Associate
deemed at-risk or disadvantaged. Wright-McMurray, Associate Director Director for Special Projects; Michael
Considine, Director of Finance and
for Special Projects; Heath Bennett,
Since 2007, Arkansas’ JAG Superintendent, Harmony Grove School Regional Director of Customer Service
program has been recognized with District; Michael Considine, Director for Entergy Arkansas, Inc.; Curt Barger,
the “5-of-5 National Performance of Finance and Regional Director of Principal, Benton High School; Karla
Award,” achieving high marks for Customer Service for Entergy Arkansas, Neathery, Assistant Superintendent,
Inc.; Chad Withers, Principal, Harmony
Benton School District; and Charisse
exceeding performance outcomes Grove High School and Charisse Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas
in the following five key areas: Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education.
graduation rate, positive outcomes Department of Career Education.
rate, aggregate employment rate,
full-time jobs rate, and full-time
placement rate.
JAG is offered in 113 schools
in the state.

Thank you to our

partners for all of your

support in helping to

positively change the
Entergy Arkansas presents the check to
Harmony Grove School District. Pictured
(left to right): Sonja Wright-McMurray, lives of Arkansans!
Associate Director for Special Projects;
Heath Bennett, Superintendent, Harmony
Grove School District; Michael Considine,
Director of Finance and Regional
Director of Customer Service for Entergy
Arkansas, Inc.; Chad Withers, Principal,
Harmony Grove High School and Charisse
Childers, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas
Department of Career Education.


FFA Connects Generations at The State Fair

he Arkansas State Fair
is an excellent place for
Tfamilies to have fun and
make memories together. For
16-year-old Whitney Walker and
her family, special memories
were made at this year’s State
Fair. Whitney, a junior at Prairie
Grove High School and FFA
member, was able to show a
steer that she raised herself at
her first State Fair. “It’s a tradition
in my family to raise and show
steers, and I’m excited to be
showing at my first State Fair,”
she said.
As it turns out, Whitney had
a good reason to be excited. Two generations of State Fair Grand Champion Steer winners: Eric Walker and his
Steve O, her first State Fair daughter Whitney Walker. Also pictured is the award-winning steer Steve O.
steer, ended up taking the Grand
Champion Steer award. What
makes this honor even more
exciting for Whitney is the fact
that her father, Eric Walker, won
the same prize with his steer at
the State Fair 25 years ago.
Eric Walker, who was FFA
State President in 1992, said
this experience as a family just Governor Asa Hutchinson chats with Whitney Walker won this year's Grand
couldn't be beaten. “It gets a Whitney Walker about her award. Champion Steer award at The State Fair.
little emotional. My dad and I
did this together, and it’s just a
great experience to have my kids
follow in my footsteps,” he said.
Even though Steve O was
auctioned off for $18,000 at the
fair’s Sale of Champions, it’s the
bond this experience brought to
this family that was the biggest
“We’re building lifetime
memories together here at the
fair,” Eric Walker said.
Award-winning steer, Steve O, was auctioned off for $18,000 at The State Fair's Sale of


CTSOs Represented at the Arkansas State Fair

he 2017 Arkansas State Fair
drew hundreds of thousands
Tfrom across the state to the
fairgrounds; however, the highlight
of the big event took place when
hundreds of students who are
members of the Career and
Technical Student Organizations
(CTSOs) enjoyed their special day
at the fair. Tuesday, October 17,
marked “CTSO Day at the Fair.” Students in CTSOs across the state
Students from across the state gather at CTSO Day at the Fair to learn
who are members of the various about each other's organization and how
different career fields come together to
CTSOs learned about what all make the Arkansas State Fair a success.
it takes to put on the fair – from
the media relations aspect to the
many booths and exhibits that are
seen on the fairgrounds.
The CTSOs represented were FCCLA State Officers and National
Representatives: Kylie Green, State Public
FFA, DECA, HOSA, TSA, FCCLA, Relations; Karlie Reid, State President;
FBLA, and SkillsUSA. Sara Feather, National Officer Candidate;
Arkansas FFA students and Ashley Turner, National Vice President
also played a huge role at the of Public Relations learn about the different
processes needed to have all of the food
Arkansas State Fair as various vendors at the fair.
chapters took part in “Ag in
Action.” This exhibit allows them FBLA State Officers: Jackson Steiner,
to show visitors how important State Vice President; Ashlee Hill, State
agriculture is not only for the state Parliamentarian; Matthew Johnson,
but also for the world. Students State President; Georgina Baustisia,
Vice President for District II; and Robert
explained the process of raising Johnson, Vice President for District I learn
livestock and cultivating the land about the marketing and public relations
for food. The FFA members also campaigns that surround the fair.
oversaw visitors’ feeding the
livestock, which also served as a
fundraiser for Arkansas FFA.
The following chapters
participated in “Ag in Action”:
Mansfield, Guy-Perkins, Dover,
Star City, Conway, Maynard,
Highland, Timbo, Junction
City, Drew Central, Wynne,
Centerpoint, Prescott, Rison, Glen
Rose, Mt. Ida, Wonderview, Hope, A representative of North American FFA State President Ethan Angel and
Lake Hamilton, Hazen, Paris, and Midway Entertainment speaks to TSA State Secretary Stephanie Bennett spend
Crossett. students about the logistics it takes to set- the morning of CTSO Day at the Fair
up, take-down, and transport the fair. learning about the livestock at the fair.


Third Annual Business Summit Reaffirms Mission to Hire People with Disabilities

ozens of companies were
represented at the Third Annual
DBusiness Summit, which took
place at the Capital Hotel in downtown
Little Rock. This year’s theme,
“Inclusion Drives Innovation,” served
as a renewed commitment to hiring
people with disabilities. Research
shows that doing so positively affects Cathy Dickinson and Joni Stephenson
a company’s bottom line. TJ Maxx of Arkansas received the accepted the Distinguished Partner
The Business Summit has grown Distinguished Business Award. Jon Award on behalf of Baptist Health. The
exponentially since its inception in Taylor (holding award) accepted the award was presented by Alan McClain,
recognition, presented by Alan McClain,
2015, resulting in Arkansas’ recent ARS Commissioner; Morgan Aldridge, ARS Commissioner; Morgan Aldridge,
affiliation with the United States Legislative and Agency Liaison to Legislative and Agency Liaison to
Business Leadership Network (BLN). Governor Asa Hutchinson; and Hugh Governor Asa Hutchinson; and Hugh
The board members of the new McDonald, Chair, Career Education and McDonald, Chair, Career Education and
Workforce Development Board.
Arkansas BLN were introduced at the Workforce Development Board.
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 Manager at J.B. Hunt
Transport. Jeff Evans and Kevin Lindsey represented
Beth Butler, the Executive Director Harps Foods is the recipient of the Kroger, the recipient of the Distinguished
of the North Carolina BLN, and Distinguished Partner Award. Sam Horton Partner Award. The award was presented
by Alan McClain, ARS Commissioner;
Rashad Delph of Tyson Foods, Inc., (in blue) accepts the award, presented by Morgan Aldridge, Legislative and Agency
Alan McClain, ARS Commissioner; Morgan
served as keynote speakers. Aldridge, Legislative and Agency Liaison Liaison to Governor Asa Hutchinson; and
to Governor Asa Hutchinson; and Hugh Hugh McDonald, Chair, Career Education
McDonald, Chair, Career Education and and Workforce Development Board.
Workforce Development Board.

Ashley Johnson Cross (center), ARS’ Susanne Chambliss accepts the In the absence of Juli Nelson, Jon
Corporate Business Relations Manager, Distinguished Partner Award on behalf Taylor accepts the Distinguished
was recognized for her leadership and of Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Leadership Award on her behalf. The
dedication to the Arkansas Business The award is presented by Alan McClain, award is presented by Alan McClain,
Leadership Network. The award was ARS Commissioner; Morgan Aldridge, ARS Commissioner; Morgan Aldridge,
presented by David Maples, Secretary/ Legislative and Agency Liaison to Legislative and Agency Liaison to
Treasurer of the Arkansas Business Governor Asa Hutchinson; and Hugh Governor Asa Hutchinson; and Hugh
Leadership Network, and Rashad Delph, McDonald, Chair, Career Education and McDonald, Chair, Career Education and
President and Chair of the Arkansas Workforce Development Board. Workforce Development Board.
Business Leadership Network.


Virtual Reality Competition Sends Arkansas Students to Facebook Headquarters

group of Arkansas students
represented the state at
A Facebook’s headquarters in
Menlo Park, California, serving as
the inaugural TechStart New Frontier
Award winners. TechStart is a
Facebook education initiative in high
schools that encourages students to
explore computer science through
modern technologies.
Each of the students completed
a technology project in which they
had to create their virtual reality
world with the use of computer
graphics and other design codes.
“It’s a completely different world
inside of our world,” said Garrett
McWhorter, a student at Bearden
High School, who traveled to
Facebook’s headquarters.
McWhorter, his classmate
Dalton Tyler Earnest, and his
teacher Jana McWhorter also went
to California. Dalton Tyler Earnest, student; Garrett McWhorter, student; and Jana McWhorter, their
“I’ve always wanted to go into teacher, at the Facebook headquarters.
the technology field and going to
Facebook really opened me up,”
Earnest said. world won them a trip.
This initiative is part of Governor “This lets you know that anything
Asa Hutchinson’s push to include is possible,” said Garrett McWhorter.
computer coding in Arkansas “It doesn’t matter where you’re from
classrooms and to promote careers or who you are. No matter what you
in computer science. Earlier this do, it’s seen by someone – even the
year, Hutchinson announced a smallest thing.”
partnership with Facebook to launch Having an interest in this kind of
TechStart in Arkansas high schools. technology, Earnest said he did not
Virtual reality classroom kits were leave the Facebook campus without
dispersed to some high schools establishing a connection for future
across the state. The goal is to opportunities.
have one in every high school. “I asked them for an internship. Students Dalton Tyler Earnest (front) and
McWhorter and Earnest worked They said that is possible because I Garrett McWhorter (back) work together on
their project, creating a virtual reality world
on the project in their Digital am a senior. More than likely, if I do with the use of computer graphics and
Communications class at Bearden get the internship, I will be helping other design codes.
High School. They had a short them with the TechStart program,”
timeline to create a virtual world. Earnest said.
Their world consisted of an island, a McWhorter said he is still in awe
giant palm tree, and penguins. of Facebook and it’s an experience
They are still in shock that their he won’t soon forget.


St. Bernards Hospital brings Project SEARCH to Jonesboro
S t. Bernards Hospital

launched the Project

SEARCH internship
program with a kick-off
celebration and ribbon cutting
on Oct. 9. The St. Bernards
Hospital Project SEARCH ®
site was developed in full
partnership between St.
Bernards Hospital, ACCESS
Group, Inc., and ARS, a division St. Bernards Project SEARCH interns and St. Bernards Hospital staff cut the ribbon at
of the Arkansas Department the St. Bernards Project SEARCH Kick-Off Celebration.
of Career Education. Project
SEARCH is a nine-month
innovative job training program
for young adults with disabilities.

Alan McClain, ARS Commissioner, Judy Smith, Transition Services Director
speaks during the welcoming at the St. of Special Projects, greet guests at the
Bernards Project SEARCH Kick-Off St. Bernards Project SEARCH Kick-Off
Celebration. Celebration.

Shortage of Construction Workers and Other Skilled Trades

BS News released a report
explaining the need for
Cconstruction workers and
skilled trades.
According to their report, for every
skilled worker entering the workforce,
five skilled workers are retiring. This
is a good illustration of the need for
Career and Technical Education.
To see the full report, visit
Courtesy of CBS News


Arkansas Students Sign Up for College During College Application Week

or the fourth consecutive year,
high school students across
Fthe state of Arkansas have
participated in College Application
Month, which takes place in October.
This is a national effort organized by
the American Council on Education
to increase the number of students
applying to college in their senior
year. The goal is to increase the
number of first-generation, low-
income students applying for college.
The Arkansas College and
Career Coaches Program, a program
of the Arkansas Department of
Career Education, partners with the
American Council on Education to
promote this endeavor.
Parkview High School was
the site of a college roundtable
discussion, where some Parkview Representatives from various colleges in central Arkansas provide information on
alumni returned to their alma mater applying to their college.
to discuss college life with current
students. Representatives from
the University of Central Arkansas,
the University of Arkansas at Little
Rock, the University of Arkansas at
Pine Bluff, and Apprenticeship were
also on hand to answer questions.
Students got the opportunity to learn
about applying for scholarships,
dorm life, and completing the FAFSA.

Students learn about applying for High school students visit with
Parkview students moderated the panel scholarships, dorm life, and completing the representatives from local colleges about
session with the various representatives. FAFSA. the application process.


ARS Makes the Rounds on TV News Stations

RS was featured on
all of the local TV
Anews stations during
National Disability Employment
Awareness Month to help raise
awareness for employing those
with disabilities.

Alan McClain, Commissioner, and Yvonne Rowland, Business Engagement
Administrator, are interviewed by Elicia Dover, co-host of Good Afternoon Arkansas on
KATV 7. To watch the full interview, visit

Yvonne Rowland, Business Engagement
Administrator, and Tom Brannon from
THV 11 discuss employing people with
disabilities. To watch the full interview,

Pat Walker from Fox 16 News interviews
Yvonne Rowland, Business Engagement
Administrator, live during Good Day Yvonne Rowland (third from left) appeared on Fox 16's Good Day Arkansas and spoke
Arkansas. with Natalie Walters, Pat Walker, and Susanne Brunner.


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

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