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                                                       he Arkansas Department of
                                                       Workforce Education hosted
                                                       a joint meeting of the State
                                                Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities, the State
                                                Board of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Board at
                                                the Governor’s Mansion on Nov. 3.
                                                     Board members and staffs from each of the three agencies joined
                                                in the annual event, which included an address from Gov. Mike Beebe,
                                                who stressed the importance each agency has in the state’s efforts to
                                                educate and train people to enter the workforce and land high-paying,
                                                high-demand jobs.
  Director of Department of Higher Ed. Dr. Jim       “When I talk about education, I am talking about each one of you
  Purcell, DWE Director Bill Walker, SBWECO and then some,” Beebe said. “We cannot forget adult education, work-
  Chairman Jack Justus, and Director of De-
  partment of Ed. Dr. Ken James meet during
                                               force training and retraining, pre-K, K through 12, two-year institutions,
  Joint Education Board Meeting.               technical colleges, four-year universities, and research universities that
                                               are trying to stimulate the 21st century economy that Arkansas needs
to have. The bottom line – the success or failure of where we go as a people is largely dependent on the work
of the folks around these tables. The success or failure of Arkansas and her teachers is dependent upon educa-
tion – every aspect of education.”
     The Governor said that while each agency has a vital mission, working together is necessary.
     “It’s is appropriate for these three boards, which are each distinct and diverse, but extraordinarily impor-
                                                                                           BOARD continued on page 7


                          Focus on Lucy                               Ralston
              Member, State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities
                                         he was patient with me.”
                                             The desire to give her full

I
    t took Lucy Ralston three years
                                         attention to the board was an
    to accept an offer from for-
                                         early indication of Ralston’s
    mer Arkansas Governor Mike
                                         dedication and commitment
Huckabee to join the State Board
                                         to providing the leadership
of Workforce Education and Career
                                         to help make decisions the
Opportunities, but she had a good
                                         board faces.
reason for waiting.
                                             “I wanted to be able
    “I had a young child when Gov.
                                         to give my total focus so I
Huckabee first asked me,” Ralston
                                         couldn’t accept the offer until
said, “and I wanted to wait until I
                                         the right time,” said Ralston, Ralston speaks with Governor Mike Beebe
could give my entire focus on serv-
                                         who lives in Fayetteville and during July Dedication Ceremonies of a new
ing the board. The Governor want-                                          monument placing the Arkansas Career Training
ed an Hispanic board member so            RALSTON continued on page 3 Institute (ACTI) on the National Historic Register.
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                       Director’s Update
                               William L. “Bill” Walker, Jr.
                                       Director
                       Arkansas Department of Workforce Education                 A public information pamphlet
                                                                                  of the Arkansas Department of
       nbelievably, another year has                                              Workforce Education and the Divi-

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                                         in our state’s history. We believe
       passed and we are on the          Gov. Mike Beebe, working with            sion of Arkansas Rehabilitation
       eve of 2009. This is the time                                              Services.
                                         the General Assembly, will provide
of year we look back on our accom-       the necessary funding to move our
plishments and make our resolu-          agency forward to increase adult           Arkansas Department of
tions for the coming year.               education, vocational rehabilitation,       Workforce Education
    The senior management team           and career and technical education
and I set many goals for this year       funding levels for the citizens we       Director
and accomplished several of them.        serve, thereby helping to secure a
                                                                                  William L. “Bill” Walker, Jr.
We’re continuing to look for ways to     strong and prosperous economic
make our agency as effective and                                                  Deputy Director for
                                         future for our state. We are prepar-
efficient as it can be for the citizens                                            Communications
                                         ing for the challenges that lie ahead
of this great state. We will continue
                                                                                  Reginald L. Jackson
                                         and we’ll continue to change and
to raise the bar every day in the        move forward to make our agency
                                                                                  Contributing Staff
work that has been done, the work        the best it can be for those whom
                                                                                  Adrienne Arnold
currently being done and the work        we serve.
                                                                                  Ricky Harvey
that will be done to serve the people         One of the real joys of the holi-
                                                                                  Bart Haynie
of Arkansas.                             day season is the opportunity to
    Arkansas is fully immersed
                                                                                  Sandra Hubbard
                                         express appreciation. I want to take
in the global economy of the 21st        this time to personally say “thank
century. Our state’s students and                                                 Arkansas Department of
                                         you” to the management and staff
employees must be prepared for                                                    Workforce Education
                                         of each of the divisions of the Ar-
                                                                                  Three Capitol Mall
work in the competitive high-wage,       kansas Department of Workforce           Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1083
high-demand, high-tech careers of        Education – Arkansas Rehabilita-         501-682-1500
the future. We’re no longer compet-      tion Services, Career and Techni-        501-682-1509 fax
ing with neighboring cities or states    cal Education and Adult Education        http://dwe.arkansas.gov
for our livelihood, but with other na-   - for your commitment and efforts
tions from every corner of the earth.    in delivering quality service to our     Arkansas Rehabilitation
Arkansans must be able to face to-       clients and the citizens we serve.       Services Division
morrow’s workforce challenges of         It takes a very dedicated and com-       Central Office
today just to keep pace!                 mitted professional to serve the         1616 Brookwood Drive
    As our agency prepares for the       public and I have great admiration       Little Rock, AR 72202
coming legislative session, we be-       for all the unique contributions that    501-296-1600 (V/TTY)
lieve it is of utmost importance that                                             800-330-0632 (V/TTY)
                                         each of you continues to give to our
                                                                                  www.arsinfo.org
the state invests more in workforce      agency.
education so that our citizens can            Now that the holidays are upon
enjoy a greater quality of life in the   us, may the joyous spirit of this
21st century. With our nation’s cur-     beautiful time of year remain with
rent economic downturn, this ses-
sion will be one of the most crucial          DIRECTOR continued on page 3
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                                                                 RALSTON continued from page 1
                                                                 whose child is now 14.
                                                                      Ralston has certainly given
                                                                 her full effort in the six years
                Department of Workforce Education                she’s been on the board, fre-
                         #3 Capitol Mall
                     Little Rock, AR 72201                       quently making visits around
                         (501) 682-1500                          the state to various conferenc-
                                                                 es, meetings and Department
Division of Arkansas               Essex Place, Suite 207        of Workforce Education facili-
Rehabilitation Services            1115 Waldron Road             ties.
Central Office:                     Fort Smith, AR 72903
1616 Brookwood Drive               (479) 452-7131                     “Being visible is very impor-
P.O.Box 3781                                                     tant to me,” Ralston said. “That way I can be there for
Little Rock, AR 72203              715 West Sherman, Suite E     people to ask questions, for me to ask questions, and
(501) 296-1600                     Harrison, AR 72601
Toll Free: 800-330-0632            (870) 741-7153                for me to see first-hand what is going on in the agency.
                                                                 I think it’s crucial for board members to be knowledge-
26 Corporate Hill Drive            507 Cherry Street             able about what is going on with the agency and its
Little Rock, AR 72205              Helena, AR 72342
(501) 686-2800                     (870) 338-2753                programs all across the state.”
                                                                      Ralston is a native of Bogata, Columbia. She holds
Hot Springs                        105 Reserve                   a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Safacon College
Rehabilitation Center:             Building 54
105 Reserve                        Hot Springs, AR 71901         Famenino in Bogotá and a degree in Evangelism from
Hot Springs, AR 71901              (501) 623-4479                YWAM Bible Institute in Elm Springs. She has served
(501) 624-4411                                                   as a missionary in Mexico and Nicaragua and has
                                   2920 McClellan Drive
Division of Rehabilitation         Jonesboro, AR 72401
                                                                 worked as an elementary school teacher, bank teller
Services Field Offices              (870) 972-0025                and cosmetologist.
501 West Arch                                                         “I think it’s very important to serve the community
Searcy, AR 72143                   102 Park Street
(501) 268-6650                     Lonoke, AR 72086
                                                                 and do what I can to help the people of this state go to
                                   (501) 676-4490                college, get an appropriate education and training and
1670 White Drive                                                 help improve our workforce,” Ralston said. “I think it’s
Batesville, AR 72501               989 Highway 425 North         important for all people to have the opportunity to get
(870) 793-4153                     P.O.Box 450
                                   Monticello, AR 71657          the education and training they need to be success-
The Professional Center, Suite 1   (870) 367-9669                ful.”
1226 Ferguson Drive                                                   “Our director, Bill Walker, does a very good job,”
Benton, AR 72015                   1401 Main Street
(501) 317-1390                     North Little Rock, AR 72120   Ralston said. “I really like the way he has handled the
                                   (501) 833-1490                agency since he has been here. He is a very intelligent
P.O.Box 660                                                      person and has approached things in a different way
Booneville, AR 72927               2703 West 28th Street
(479) 675-3835                     P.O.Box 2560                  that has helped us become more successful. I have
                                   Pine Bluff, AR 71613          been very happy with him and the way things have pro-
Museum Plaza, Suite 3              (870) 534-2404                gresed.”
1150 North Museum Road
Conway, AR 72032                   1010 North Arkansas
(501) 730-9725                     Russellville, AR 72801        DIRECTOR continued from page 2
                                   (479) 890-5751
708 West Faulkner                                                you throughout 2009 and beyond. From our entire
El Dorado, AR 71730                 2807 East Broad              DWE family to you and your loved ones, our warmest
(870) 862-5451                     Texarkana, AR 71854
                                   (870) 773-2807                wishes to you for a year of happiness and prosperity.
One Corporate Square, Ste.150                                    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!
4058 North College
Fayetteville, AR 72703
                                   210 Shoppingway
                                   Boulevard, Ste. D
                                                                    We Wish you Great Joy, Peace, Happi-
(479) 582-1286                     West Memphis, AR 72301        ness and Prosperity this Holiday Season
                                   (870) 735-4725                and throughout 2009. Season’s Greetings
                                                                 from the entire staff of the Arkansas De-
                                                                 partment of Workforce Education!!!
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    Arkansas Transition Program Utilizing
                to assist Students making career decisions
       udy Smith, program coordinator of Arkansas Re-

J
                                                            most likely be successful.
       habilitation Services Division’s Arkansas Transi-         “It gives students who may
       tion Program (ATP) says transition counselors        lack a creative spark or
now have access to the “greatest thing” they’ve ever        have no idea what they
been exposed to as far as education is concerned.           want to do beyond high
     Smith is talking about the Kuder Career Planning       school a career direc-
System that provides Internet-based tools and resourc-      tion,” said Eddie Hans-
es that help students and adults achieve their educa-       ford, a transition coun-
tional and career planning goals. She and four transi-      selor for both Springdale
tion counselors representing six Arkansas high schools      high schools. “It gives          Judy Smith, Director
now have Kuder in place as a way to assist students         them a chance to inves-           Transition Services
with disabilities make a smoother transition to higher      tigate and explore ca-
education, the workplace and independent lives.             reer possibilities and it helps them with the organiza-
     “We’re now preparing students not just for gradua-     tion they need.”
tion, but for what comes after,” Smith said. “With Kuder,        According to Smith, the system also provides as-
we can help determine what a student is best suited         sistance to students who think they’ve already laid out
for.”                                                       a career plan for themselves.
     Kuder, which has been established as a transition           “Students can revisit the system over and over
tool at Springdale, Springdale-Har-Ber, Pine Bluff-Dol-     again,” Smith said. “In today’s world, there are fewer
larway, Little Rock-McClellan, Earle and West Memphis       and fewer kids with long-term career goals. For those
High Schools, can track a student’s paid and unpaid         with goals that may be unrealistic or outside a student’s
work history, establish resumé information, organize        skill set, it provides a Plan B. The biggest goal we have
scholarship opportunities, provide basic workplace          is helping kids find what they want to do.”
skills and help show careers in which a student will             Smith says on top of the counselors who have al-
                                                            ready received training – Hansford, Sheila Johnson
       Transition Counseling Team                           (Dollarway), Carolyn Turner (McClellan) and Kimberly
                                                            Clark (Earle, West Memphis) – she is requesting that
                                                            the state’s remaining transition counselors be involved
                                                            in the next Kuder training when it is made available.
                                                                 Smith says school superintendents have already
                                                            shown positive interest in the program, but she’s also
                                                            trying to sell Kuder to the business and faith-based
                                                            communities as a way to secure workplace opportu-
                                                            nities for students. Her goal is to see that at least 10
      Carolyn Turner              Eddie Hansford            students in Kuder communities have work experience
                                                            by next year.
                                                                 “Pastors and churches are a good place to start
                                                            because they offer several paid and unpaid work op-
                                                            portunities,” Smith said. “As word gets out, more and
                                                            more people are seeking information about Kuder.”
                                                                 To learn more about the Department of Workforce
                                                            Education’s Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Divi-
                                                            sion’s Arkansas Transition Program, call 501-296-1600
                                                            or 800-330-0632 or visit our website at
      Kimberly Clark             Sheila Johnson
                                                            www.arsinfo.org.
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        Arkansas Youth Apprenticeship Program
            Prepares Students for Skilled Trade Occupations
       igh school students seek-        work in a chosen occupational clus-      head start. With that said, it is not

H      ing a hands-on approach to
       learning a trade are getting
just that through the Department
                                        ter and eventually earn a certificate
                                        and/or journeyman license in addi-
                                        tion to a high school diploma.
                                                                                 for your ‘D’ and ‘F’ students. Those
                                                                                 accepted must attend school regu-
                                                                                 larly and have a good GPA. They
of Workforce Education’s Arkansas           “Not all students are college-       are interviewed to see if they are
Youth Apprenticeship program.           bound, and the Youth Apprentice-         good students,” Bibb added.
    Beginning at age 16, students       ship Program gives students the               There are more than 800 ap-
are eligible to enter the program be-   opportunity to learn a skilled trade,”   prenticeable occupations. A large
fore entering the 11th grade. They      said Sandra Porter, Arkansas De-         percentage of participants are
must have a career plan and agree       partment of Workforce Education          plumbers and construction work-
to a three- to five-year apprentice-     Associate Director for Workforce         ers, but opportunities are constantly
ship allowing them to experience        Training.                                expanding into new fields such as
                                            Like the Adult Apprenticeship        health services, energy, and textile
                                        Program, the youth program is a          occupations. The beginning wages
                                        structured training system designed      for apprentices are approximate-
                                        to prepare students for occupa-          ly 50 percent of those earned by
                                        tions in skilled trades and crafts.      skilled workers, but are increased
                                        Apprenticeship combines related          periodically as progress is made.
                                        classroom instruction with on-the-            “The interesting thing about
                                        job training under the supervision of    apprenticeship is that you are em-
                                        experienced workers.                     ployed first,” Bibb said. “Anyone
                                            “There are youth apprentice-         in the program is employed and
                                        ship programs that have been very        there is a contractual agreement
                                        beneficial in getting apprentice-         between the applicant and contrac-
                                        ships a head start,” Department of       tor to maintain employment within a
                                        Workforce Education Apprentice-          specification of the agreement.”
                                        ship Program Manager Jonathan                 For additional information on the
                                        Bibb said. “Youth apprentices get        apprenticeship program, contact
                                        recruited in the 10th grade and start    Jonathan Bibb at 501-682-1512 or
                                        working in the 11th and 12th grade.      email at jonathan.bibb@arkansas.
                                        They must be 16 years old, though,       gov.
                                        before they can work at a job site.
                                            “It gives an opportunity for those
                                        who may not be college-bound, but
                                        want to get in the trades to get a
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                                                       Small Business Enterprise Program
                                                       Robert Rubenstein, Small Business Consultant

        imes are changing and people with disabilities            3. Specialist report (if applicable)
T       are moving with the times. The Department of
        Workforce Education’s Arkansas Rehabilitation
Services Division’s Small Business Program (SBP) is
                                                                  4. Psychological/Vocational Evaluation (RIDAC) if
                                                                     applicable
                                                                  5. Financial Resources Sheet
excited about the opportunity to promote independence             6. Completed “Small Business Plan – Simple For-
for persons with disabilities as entrepreneurs.                      mat”
     The decision to pursue self-employment is not for
everyone, but for those with an entrepreneurial spirit it     A successful small business will require:
can be a rewarding choice. Many Arkansas Rehabilita-                   A practical plan with a solid foundation
tion Services Division clients are seeking employment                  Dedication and a willingness to sacrifice
objectives that allow flexibility in work schedules, ca-                Technical Skills
reer choices, and provide adequate financial reward.                    Basic knowledge of management, finance, re-
Self-employment may provide a realistic employment                     cord keeping and marketing
alternative for those individuals. The role of the Small          The “Small Business Plan – Simple Format” is used
Business Program is to assist the counselor in                as a tool to assist in the evaluation of the viability of a
evaluating the client’s decision to pursue self-em-           proposed business. This information along with the ob-
ployment as a viable vocational objective.                    jective review of requested case materials provides the
     Often times a client may want to start a business        information needed to complete a “Small Business As-
without having completed adequate research. The Ar-           sessment.” After review of the case materials and the
kansas Small Business Development Center provides             “Small Business Plan-Simple Format,” reports are then
workshops to individuals who have expressed an in-            forwarded to the rehabilitation counselor. The coun-
terest in starting their own business. (These centers         selor and their district manager will make a decision re-
are located throughout the state.) These workshops            garding whether or not to fund the proposed business.
explain the reality of what it takes to operate a small           The Small Business Program can provide a realistic
business. The workshop topics include development of          vocational goal for the client with entrepreneurial pur-
a business plan, financial resources and bookkeeping.          suits. Careful planning, thorough evaluation, and sup-
     Feasibility Planning is an integral part of evaluating   port can help clients achieve this goal.
a business idea. The client will need to assess the fea-          All past referrals are appreciated and the program
sibility of his/her business proposal. A good feasibility     looks forward to the opportunity to assist ARS clients
evaluation involves a detailed examination of financial,       with their entrepreneurial pursuits. Information con-
personal, and market realities. The feasibility assess-       cerning resources for training is available through the
ment serves as an objective appraisal of the possibilities    Arkansas Small Business Development Centers, Busi-
and potential barriers for the business and, ultimately,      ness Financing, Plan Development, Technical Assis-
the client’s ability to achieve the vocational goal.          tance and other self-employment strategies.
     At this juncture, clients are asked to provide copies        For additional information, contact Robert “Bob”
of the following:                                             B. Rubenstein, M.R.C. L.P.C., at (870) 972-0025, or
     1. DRS-4 Application Form                                email at robert.rubenstein@arkansas.gov.
     2. General Medical Evaluation
                                                                                                          page 7
BOARD continued from page 1
                                                              society by assisting Purcell said that finding ways for
                                                              them with meaning- more Arkansans to get a college
                                                              ful career training, education, or live the “American
                                                              technical education dream,” is the goal of the Depart-
                                                              and adult education ment of Higher Education.
                                                              for the 21st century.”       “We are making progress with
                                                                   Dr. James said               BOARD continued on page 8
                                                              Arkansas is facing
                                                              three major chal-
                                                              lenges in education.
                                                                   “We have to cre-
                                                              ate smooth transi-
                                                              tions from pre-K to
Governor Beebe and SBWECO Chairman Jack Justus visit elementary,               middle
to discuss education issues prior to state board meeting.
                                                             grades to high school,
tant and actually cohesive from the                          and high school to col-
standpoint of the total overall pic-           lege and careers,” Dr. James said.
ture of responsibility in education, to        “We have to close the achieve-
come together and share thoughts               ment gaps in racial/ethnic groups
with each other,” Beebe said. “I               and gender, in urban/suburban
commend the boards for working                 locations and in income. And we DWE Director Bill Walker briefs Gov. Beebe
together to coordinate where we go             have to align education systems prior to the joint education board meeting
as a people with a common thread               in curricula and assessments, in at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.
and a common theme.”                           school and college data and in
     Each of the three department              accountability to the public.”
directors – DWE Director William                   During his presentation, Dr.
L. “Bill” Walker, Jr., Department of
Education Commissioner Dr. Ken
James and Department of Higher
Education Director Dr. Jim Purcell
– gave presentations.
     Director Walker said, “In to-
day’s global economy, it is more
crucial than ever to focus the
                                                                                       John Wright, Arkansas Rehabilitation
state’s resources on preparing                                                         Services Division Chief Financial Officer
our students to make sure they                                                         and Ken Musteen, ARS Chief of Field
get the best education and ca-                                                         Services greet Gov. Beebe.
reer and technical training that
                                            Gov. Beebe receives Jobs for America’s
will result in a great career and an Graduates (JAG) 5-of-5 Award from JAG
even greater quality of life. I am national president Ken Smith.
convinced that with the continued
leadership of Gov. Beebe, in part-
nership with the state Legislature,
our state will invest more in work-
force education so that our citizens
can enjoy greater prosperity, health,
wealth and wellness.
     “Through strong leadership and
vision, our agency continues to pro-
mote every avenue and opportunity                                                     SBWECO members Martha Dixon and
to raise the bar for those who strive SBWECO board members prepare for                Richard Smith chat following board meet-
to take their rightful place in our joint education board meeting.                    ing on November 3rd.
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                                                           he Arkansas Department of Workforce Education (DWE)
                                                   T       awarded a $50,000 grant to Arkansas Baptist College (ABC)
                                                           in Little Rock for the creation of programs at the school’s Lit-
                                                   eracy and Writing Center. State Senator Irma Hunter Brown
                                                   of Little Rock joined DWE Director Bill Walker to present the grant
                                                   to Arkansas Baptist president Dr. Fitz Hill on November 8 at the
                                                   Delta Classic 4 Literacy football game at Little Rock’s War Memo-
                                                   rial Stadium.
                                                        The Arkansas Baptist College Writing and Literacy Center
                                                   aids students by providing individualized assistance to those who
                                                   need help achieving success in the remedial coursework meant
                                                   to prepare them for college courses and by making additional as-
  State Senator Irma Hunter Brown of Little Rock   sistance available to those seeking to improve their reading and
  and DWE Director Bill Walker present a check to writing skills. The Center further provides training to students as
  Arkansas Baptist College President Dr. Fitz Hill
  at the Delta Classic 4 Literacy football game at
                                                   peer counselors.
  War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.                  The Writing and Literacy Center will expand its services by im-
                                                   plementing an online writing lab for students and community mem-
bers who want help, but may be unable to utilize its services during regular business hours. Center administrators
say the lab will build a community of writers and peer consultants by emphasizing collaboration, independence and
interdependence while providing guidance to clients for long-term reading and writing improvement.
      “It’s an honor to award these funds to Dr. Hill and to Arkansas Baptist College because of how much it will
accomplish,” said Director Walker. “The funds will help more students earn a college degree, it will give the peer
counseling students a head start as they enter the workforce and it will benefit the community by increasing literacy
rates among individual members. All of this combined will help prepare everyone involved for careers in the high-
skill, high-wage, high-demand workforce of the 21st century. Ultimately, that is the goal of the Arkansas Department
of Workforce Education.”

BOARD continued from page 7
regard to growth in associate’s and       of Arkansas’s Jobs for Arkansas’s        the State Board of Workforce Edu-
bachelor’s degree areas,” Dr. Pur-        Graduates (JAG) program and pre-         cation and Career Opportunities
cell said. “What will we get for it? We   sented a special honor to Gov. Bee-      (SBWECO) held its regular meeting
will get greater volunteer activity in    be recognizing the state’s achieve-      and approved program policies for
our communities, blood donations          ment of JAG’s highest honor – 5 of       Adult Education.
will be better, we’ll have better so-     5 Award status.                               DWE Deputy Director for Adult
cial systems, someone will be less            “We are so impressed with what       Education Jim Smith recommended
likely to be convicted of a crime, un-    is happening in Arkansas,” Smith         that the board approve the new and
employment rates will decline and         said. “Arkansas is among the lead-       revised policies dealing with the op-
income will go up per families. Ar-       ers, not only in the terms of suc-       eration of local adult education pro-
kansas’s greatest generation is at        cess, but also innovation.”              grams. The policies were updated
the schoolhouse door waiting for              Dr. Bottoms talked about the         to comply with the requirements of
the opportunity to propel Arkansas        importance of graduating more            the Workforce Investment Act and
into the global economy.”                 students and what it takes to have       the administrative procedures of
     Other guests and speakers in-        them graduate and be prepared for        the Department of Workforce Edu-
cluded Jobs for America’s Gradu-          college.                                 cation.
ates president Ken Smith and                  “We have to look at how we can            Other board meeting topics in-
Southern Regional Education Board         strengthen guidance and advise-          cluded a report from Director Walk-
senior vice-president Dr. Gene Bot-       ment given to students and par-          er and a budget update from Char-
toms.                                     ents,” he said.                          lie Brown, DWE Deputy Director for
     Smith discussed the success              Following the joint meeting,         Finance.
                                                                                                  page 9

 Former Tyson CEO Credits FFA roots for Career Success
        he man who helped build
 T
                                        mer and current Tyson leaders.              “It’s been fascinating to watch
        a small Northwest Arkan-            The book was officially released    the role of FFA evolve over the
        sas chicken processing          during a reception in Springdale in    years,” said DWE Director Bill
 company into the world’s largest       September. More than 50 Tyson          Walker. “Mr. Tyson attributing the
 meat producer credits the les-         employees, FFA officials, Arkansas      foundation of his success as a
 sons learned as an FFA mem-            Department of Workforce Education      world leader in agri-business to
 ber as the foundation for his                                                  FFA is certainly a testament to
 company’s leadership.                                                          the type of training students re-
     Don Tyson, former CEO and                                                  ceive as members of a Career
 chairman of Springdale-based                                                   and Technical student organiza-
 Tyson Foods, and son of com-                                                   tion.
 pany founder John Tyson, said                                                       “From its original purpose
 the national FFA organization,                                                 of preparing young men and
 then known as Future Farmers                                                   women for a life as our nation’s
 of America, provided the intro-                                                farmers to its function today in
 duction to production agriculture                                              developing students for compe-
 he later applied in his company.       Don Tyson talks with FFA members        tent and assertive agricultural
     It’s the inspiration, leadership   at his September book release re-      leadership, FFA continues to pro-
 and desire he got from FFA that        ception in Springdale                  duce students who play a pivotal
 led him to honor the organiza-                                                role in our nation’s agricultural
 tion in his recent book, “I Refuse     staff including Agricultural Science   economy. Arkansas is among
 to Have a Bad Day.” The book           and Technology Program Manager         our country’s leading agricultural
 features a collection of research-     Marion Fletcher, and FFA students      producers and it’s crucial that
 based stories and information that     from Springdale and Har-Ber High       FFA remains strong in our state,”
 identify the leadership qualities of   Schools attended the event.            Walker added.
 Don Tyson, along with other for-


Arkansas SkillsUSA holds 2008 Fall Leadership Conference
Oct. 28-29 at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
        rkansas SkillsUSA held its 2008 Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 28-29 at the

A       University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
           During the conference, 426 secondary students and 66 advisors representing 29 Arkansas schools
had the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. Individual participants were assigned to
clubs and partnered with students from different chapters or schools for competitive events. This arrangement
was established to provide the students a unique setting to step out of their comfort zones and learn how to be
team leaders and motivators.
     “Emphasis was placed on a number of leadership contests,” said state SkillsUSA advisor and Department
of Workforce Education Skilled and Technical Sciences Program Manager Dick Burchett. “These competitions
provide focused training in each area and help each and every student involved strengthen their leadership
skills.”
     The contests covered Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Chapter Business Procedure, Extemporaneous
Speaking, Prepared Speech, Job Interview, Quiz Bowl, Customer Service and Teamwork Lego Model Build-
ing.
     The conference wasn’t all-work and no-play for the participants. The Arkansas Army National Guard hosted
a cookout that featured games and music. Instructors from Pulaski Technical College and the University of Ar-
kansas at Fort Smith were also on hand for college information sessions which offered students an overview of
each career area and an opportunity to have their questions about post-secondary education answered.
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                             DWE participates in Gov. Beebe’s
                  “Arkansas Works” 2008 Summit
       rkansas Department of Work-
A
                                                 sentation, Gov. Beebe addressed                    strong economy at home. All these
       force Education (DWE) Di-                 the crowd to share his concerns                    things help, but above all, what you
       rector Bill Walker was one                on Arkansas’s future in the global                 need is smart people who can use
of five state agency directors fea-               economy.                                           existing technology to innovate new
tured in a video presentation during                 “Arkansas’s workforce isn’t fully              technology. This is where Arkansas
Gov. Mike Beebe’s 2008 Arkansas                  equipped to compete in the 21st-                   can shine.”
Works Summit in October.                         century economy, and we must all                        Director Walker said the De-
     This unprecedented meeting in               work to change that, and we must                   partment of Workforce Education
Little Rock brought together over                start now,” Gov. Beebe said during                 is already hard at work helping to
1400 community leaders, educa-                   his address. “If we don’t, our chil-               fill Gov. Beebe’s vision of producing
tors and business executives from                dren and our children’s children will              a well-educated and well-trained
each of the state’s 75 counties to               struggle against a tide of poverty in              workforce via the DWE “Arkansas
reaffirm Arkansas’s commitment                    a world that will have left them be-               Promise.”
to train and educate an adaptable                hind,” Beebe said. “That danger is                      “This conference was a great
workforce capable of competing for               real; it is not inevitable.                        example of Gov. Beebe’s vision
the knowledge-based jobs driving                     “In a global economy ruled by                  and leadership in bringing together
the new, global economy.                         knowledge and ideas, you don’t                     a cross section of community lead-
     In the video, Director Walker               need a big workforce, an enormous                  ers from all across this state to be-
discussed the Department of Work-                amount of time or a major influx                    gin a dialogue of how we can work
force Education’s role in helping                of investment capital to create a                  together to improve the vast eco-
build the state’s workforce.                                                                                 nomic conditions we are all
He explained how the agen-                                                                                   faced with,” Director Walker
cy’s three divisions – Career                                                                                said. “The governor’s mes-
and Technical Education,                                                                                     sage of economic devel-
Adult Education and Arkan-                                                                                   opment and education be-
sas Rehabilitation Services                                                                                  ing tied hand in hand was
– work to aid students and                                                                                   more clear than ever and
adults in getting the educa-                                                                                 our agency is raising the
tion and training they need to                                                                               bar and doing all possible
land high-skill, high-demand,                                                                                to prepare our state’s work-
high-wage jobs.                                                                                              force for the careers of the
     Following the video pre-                                                                                future.”




   (top) Governor Beebe speaks to community leaders from around Arkansas; (above left) DWE Associate Director of Career and Technical Education
   Rod Duckworth, DWE Deputy Director of Career and Technical Education John Davidson, Executive Director of Magnolia Economic Development
   Corporation Toby Stephens, DWE Director Walker, and DWE Associate Director for Workforce Training Sandra Porter discuss summit topics during
   a break; (above right) DWE Program Manager for Apprenticeship & Construction Training Jonathan Bibb, DWE Public School Program Advisor for
   Adult Education Paige Cox, and ARS’ Arkansas Career Training Institute Supervisor of Admissions Cornelious Hollinshed answer questions at the
   agency’s display booth.
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                                                      Senior Management Team
                            Ken Musteen
                        Chief of Field Services/
                         Associate Director for
                        Arkansas Rehabilitation
                           Services Division
                                                                                         Update
                        Arkansas Department of
                         Workforce Education



         ne of the results of the De-    District III, which serves Pine Bluff,       Congratulations and thank

O        partment of Workforce
         Education’s Arkansas Re-
 habilitation Services Division’s
                                            Helena and Monticello, came in
                                            a close second finding success-
                                            ful employment in the cases of
                                                                                  you to each and every district man-
                                                                                  ager, counselor and support staffer
                                                                                  from across the state for their out-
(ARS) mission of providing services         408 individuals.                      standing efforts. Because of their
to individuals with disabilities lead-                                            service, over 2,000 Arkansans
ing to opportunities for gainful em-     District IV, which is comprised of       have achieved their dreams of
ployment is our annual report which         El Dorado and Texarkana, had          becoming productive and inde-
lists the numbers of successful clo-        371 successful closures. This         pendent participants and are
sures for each year. This report            is remarkable considering that        now active members of the work-
serves not only as a measure for            over the last two years the dis-      force.
evaluating ARS’ progress in achiev-         trict experienced the retirement
ing one of our federal standards and        of one long-time counselor and        The top five counselors for
indicators, but it also provides an         the passing of another.               this year were:
opportunity for saying “well done” to                                                 Herb Pierce of Pine Bluff with
all of those who have done an out-       District II, which consists of Bates-    94 successful closures, Freddie
standing job for the year.                  ville, Jonesboro and West Mem-        Smith of Texarkana with 75, Amy
     According the data on hand,            phis, successfully helped 362         Jones of Fayetteville with 67,
2,447      individuals   successfully       individuals find employment.           Dwight Campbell of Booneville,
completed rehabilitation services                                                 60, and Janna Clemmons of Lo-
programs and became gainfully            District V-N, which serves Lonoke,       noke with 58 closures.
employed in 2008. This exceeds              Russellville, Conway and North            Congratulations and well
last year’s number of successful            Little Rock, successfully closed      done to these counselors and the
closures. As is the case each year,         341 cases.                            support staff.
ARS is pleased to acknowledge the
various districts and the outstand-      District I-N, which serves Fayette-
ing counselors for the year.                ville and Harrison, ended the                                  Although pro-
     The numbers which also include         year with 339 successful clo-                             duction numbers
post-employment cases are as fol-           sures.                                      are an important part of our re-
lows:                                                                               porting process, it’s also important
                                         Rounding out the numbers was              to acknowledge and express the
The top district for 2008 was            District I-S, which serves Boone-         great pleasures of seeing the work
District V-S, which comprises the           ville and Fort Smith.                  of our staff in the customer service
   Hot Springs, Benton and Little                                                 arena. This is particularly difficult to
   Rock offices. This district suc-                                                tangibly measure because the ma-
   cessfully closed 429 cas-                           The district success-      jority of customers we serve rarely
   es of individuals into                    fully closed 256 cases as em-        express their thanks in writing.
   employment.                              ployed. It must be noted that this    Their gratitude and appreciation is
                                            district also suffered the tragic     usually evident in the smiles of sat-
                                            loss of a counselor during this
                                                                                            SMT continued on page 12
                                            year.
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SMT continued from page 11
                                        What is the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)?
isfaction and glow of achievement
on their faces. However, once in
                                                rkansas’s State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is sanctioned
a great while, the staff is fortunate
enough to receive written confirma-
tion of their dedication and service.
                                        A       by Section 105 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to “give
                                                advice and work in partnership with the Vocational Rehabilita-
                                        tion (VR) agency/unit.” In Arkansas, this unit is the Department of Work-
     Below is an excerpt of a letter
ARS received regarding counselor        force Education’s Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division.
Tameca Jackson of West Memphis.
It’s an example of what occurs ev-      The members of the Council are appointed by the governor and serve
ery day in each field office, at the      three-year terms, not to exceed more than two consecutive terms. The
Arkansas Career Training Institute      15-member Council must represent the following:
and every other program in ARS.                Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC);
                                               Parent Training and Information Center established under the
Dear Tameca,                                   Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);
      We love you. It is just that             Client Assistance Program (CAP);
simple and absolutely true. From               A VR counselor who, if employed by the VR agency, is an ex-
the first visit to the last time we             officio, non-voting member;
met with you, we have always                   Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP);
felt positive and that everything
                                               Four business, industry, and labor representatives;
was going to be okay. I didn’t
                                               Representatives from disability advocacy groups which include
know how to start this letter, so
                                               individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental disabili-
I thought I would just say how I
                                               ties, and representatives of individuals with disabilities who have
feel about you. Cathie and Terry
                                               difficulty representing themselves or are unable due to their dis-
feel the same way I do, and even
                                               abilities to represent themselves;
though our mother hasn’t met
you, she loves you too.                        Current or former VR applicants or recipients;
       You have always been                    American Indian VR program (if the state has one);
straight up and professional but,              State educational agency responsible for the public education of
you show you care too, and not                 students disabilities;
everyone has the ability to do                 State Workforce Investment Board; and
both. I really appreciated your                Director of the designated State VR unit, also ex-officio and non-
kindness when I called. You had                voting.
to be too busy, but you never           The majority of the SRC members must be individuals with disabilities
let me know it or showed impa-          and not employed by the designated state VR agency.
tience.
    I can’t imagine anyone doing
                                                                   SRC Functions
a better job than you’ve done. We
                                        Following consultation with the State Workforce Investment Board, the
couldn’t have asked for anything
                                        State Rehabilitation Council is required to:
more and we will be happy to tell
the world.                                     Review, analyze, and advise the VR agency regarding their per-
                                               formance related to the topics of:
Once again, thanks to everyone                         Eligibility, including order of selection;
at ARS. This letter and each case                      Extent, scope and effectiveness of the VR services;
closed sums up what the Arkansas                       Functions performed by State agencies that affect the
Rehabilitation Services Division is                    ability of individuals with disabilities to achieve an em-
all about.                                             ployment outcome.
                                                                                      SRC continued on page 13
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SRC continued from page 12
      In partnership with the VR agency:                In turn, the state VR agency is required by the
               Develop, agree to and review state       Act to work with the SRC on annual state goals
               goals and priorities,                    and priorities in order to submit an annual report of
               Evaluate the effectiveness of the pro-   progress, to consult regularly with SRC on all phases
               gram and submit annual progress re-      of policies and procedures of general applicability
               ports to the Rehabilitation Services     pertaining to VR services, and to aid in conducting
               Administration (RSA) Commissioner,       a statewide needs assessment report every three
               and                                      years. In addition, the agency is required to transmit
               Conduct a statewide needs assess-        copies to the SRC of all plans and reports sent to
               ment every three years of individuals    RSA, all policies and information used by rehabilita-
               with disabilities living in the state.   tion personnel to carry out the VR program, and all
      Advise the VR agency regarding VR activi-         due process hearing decisions.
      ties.
      Assist in the preparation of the State Plan,      SRC meetings must be held at least four times a year
      amendments to the plan, applications, re-         and publicly announced, and be open and accessible
      ports, needs assessments, and evaluations.        to the public (unless there is a valid reason for an
      Review and analyze the effectiveness of and       executive session).
      the consumer satisfaction with:
               VR agency functions,                                       SRC Members
               VR services provided by the VR agen-
                                                        The Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council currently
               cy and other entities, and
                                                        has 19 members. They are Gregg Lawrence, Bronw-
               Employment outcomes achieved by
                                                        yn Palmer, Ruth Pellow, Kyle Sharp, Mike McCreight,
               eligible individuals served by VR.
                                                        Lynn Carver, Travis Beebe, Bean Murray, Eric Treat,
      Prepare and submit an annual report to the        Freddie Smith, Staci Croom Raley, Eddie Miller, Di-
      Governor and RSA on the status of VR ser-         anna Varady, and Mary McClain. Representing the
      vices. This report will be made available to      Governor’s office is Sarah Agee, and from Arkansas
      the public.                                       Rehabilitation Services Division administrative offic-
      Coordinate the activities of the SRC with the     es are Ken Musteen, Chief of Field Services, Randy
      activities of other coundils, such as the SILC,   Parker, Interim Associate Director of Program, Plan-
      IDEA advisory panel, and the State Workforce      ning, Development & Evaluation, Commissioner Rob-
      Investment Board.                                 ert Treviño, and Brooke Crain.
      Provide for the coordination and the estab-
      lishment of working relations between the VR      For more information on the State Rehabilitation
      agency and the SILC, and                          Council, contact ARS Chief of Field Services Ken
      Perform other functions that it determines ap-    Musteen at 1616 Brookwood, Little Rock, AR, 72202
      propriate and comparable to its other func-       or e-mail at ken.musteen@arkansas.gov.
      tions and is consistent with the purposes of
      Title I of the Act and its regulations.




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                Department of Workforce Education
            co-sponsors AWIB Conference in Little Rock
         pproximately 2,000 people                                                    vices Director Artee Williams each

A        from across the state gath-
         ered in Little Rock October
29-30 for the Arkansas Workforce
                                                                                      stressed the importance of fulfilling
                                                                                      Gov. Beebe’s goals of achieving a
                                                                                      strong, vibrant, well trained and well
Investment Board’s 2008 Workforce                                                     educated workforce in the state.
Conference.                                                                                “Above all, the Governor’s
     Themed “Charting the Course:           Charting the Course:                      Workforce Cabinet all strive to-
Navigating Education, Employ-             Navigating Education, Employ-               ward achieving Gov. Beebe’s goal
ment and Economic Develop-               ment and Economic Development                of making education services in Ar-
ment,” the event featured messag-                                                     kansas the best in the nation, pre-
es from Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe                                                      paring our state’s citizens for the
and various state agency directors,                                                   high-wage, high-demand and high-
including Arkansas Department of                                                      skill careers of the 21st century and
Workforce Education Director Bill                                                     making Arkansas the world’s most
Walker. Participants also heard                                                       attractive place to start and locate a
from an array of guest speakers                                                       business,” Director Walker said. “By
and attended breakout sessions                                                        our agencies working together, we
and workshops to gain ideas on                                                        will make sure Gov. Beebe’s vision
how to help strengthen the state’s                                                    becomes a reality and that, once re-
                                         Ken Ferguson, Executive Director of AWIB,
workforce.                               DWE Director Walker, President of the
                                                                                      alized, Arkansas will be the envy of
     Keynote speakers included Nor-      Arkansas AFL-CIO Alan Hughes and Gover-      both the nation and the world.”
ma Noble, Oklahoma Deputy Sec-           nor Beebe.                                        Kenneth B. Ferguson, Executive
retary of Commerce for Workforce                                                      Director of the Arkansas Workforce
Development, Joseph Carbone of                                                        Investment Board emphasized the
The WorkPlace, Inc., an innovative                                                    important roles each agency has
workforce development board in                                                        to help properly educate the state’s
Connecticut, J. Michael Norton from                                                   citizens, train them properly, and
the Northwest Arkansas Economic                                                       help draw the needed jobs to the
Development District, Inc., Maria                                                     state.
Weidmark from the U.S. Depart-                                                             “Arkansas is home to a vibrant
ment of Labor and Toyce Newton,                                                       and talented workforce,” Fergu-
                                         Director Walker, DWE Deputy Director of
Executive Director and founder of        Adult Education Jim Smith, ARS Commis-
                                                                                      son said. “We have citizens who
the Phoenix (Ariz.) Youth and Fam-       sioner Bob Treviño, DWE Deputy Director      are anxiously awaiting the oppor-
ily Services, Inc.                       of Communications Reginald Jackson, and      tunity to learn new skills, increase
                                         Associate Director of Career and Technical
     “Only when we know that all         Education Rod Duckworth
                                                                                      their current knowledge base, and
Arkansans have the opportunity                                                        demonstrate to their employer or
to live up to their full potential and                                                potential employer that they can
make their own unique contribu-                                                       perform and exceed expectations.
tions to society can we truly say we                                                  Their desires create the demand
are prepared for the challenges of                                                    for organizations such as the Work-
the future,” Beebe said during his                                                    force Investment Board to provide
address at the opening session of                                                     job training, educational assistance
the conference.                                                                       and employer assistance.”
     Director Walker, Department of                                                        The conference was sponsored
Higher Education Director Dr. Jim                                                     by the Arkansas Department of
Purcell, Department of Economic                                                       Workforce Education, the Depart-
Development Director Maria Haley,        Director Walker with Ken Ferguson, Ex-       ment of Workforce Services and
and Department of Workforce Ser-         ecutive Director of the AWIB                 Pulaski Technical College.
                                                                                                                                               page 15

                                           Secondary Career Centers
   important for Economic Development in Arkansas Communities
        ore than 8,000 students are                                 advantage of the concurrent credit                       programs.

M       currently enrolled in second-
        ary area technical centers
across the state, and that number
                                                                    where they get high school credit
                                                                    and college credit at the same time
                                                                    through these area center cours-
                                                                                                                                  There are currently 24 area
                                                                                                                             centers in the state that service 177
                                                                                                                             high schools. During the 2006-2007
is growing thanks to Governor Mike                                  es.”                                                     school year, 8,192 students were
Beebe’s constant push to bring in                                       Sponsored by high schools,                           enrolled and 3,607 students earned
new jobs and companies to Arkan-                                    education service cooperatives and                       24,620 credit hours through the
sas.                                                                two-year colleges, secondary area                        college-based technical centers,
    “The centers are becoming                                       technical centers offer career and                       representing a tuition value of $1.7
more and more popular,” said San-                                   technical education programs to                          million.
dra Porter, Arkansas Department of                                  high school students within a 25-                             “These centers provide pro-
Workforce Education Associate Di-                                   mile radius. Area centers offer pro-                     grams that schools can’t afford to
rector of Workforce Training. “More                                 grams that are typically too expen-                      offer, but are very important for the
and more high school students are                                   sive to maintain at a high school.                       economic development of each
leaving high school trained and                                     Many smaller schools cannot afford                       community,” Porter said. “Each
ready to go to work right away and                                  to offer these programs, thereby                         center offers programs and courses
more students every day are taking                                  limiting students’ access to certain                     aimed to help train students based
                                                                                                                             on what industries are in a certain
                                                                                                                             area, so the students are getting
                        Secondary Area Technical Centers                                                                     the training they need to help them
                          Service Areas Existing Centers                                                                     get a high-skilled job in their com-
                                                                                                                             munity.”
                                                                                                                                  Based on each community’s
                                    Boone Marion Baxter                 Fulton             Randolph        Clay
     Benton             Carroll                                                                                              ever-changing industry needs, the
                                   Harrison
                                                                                                                             centers are constantly updating
                                                                     Izard       Sharp                 Greene
   Washington Madison                          Searcy                                     Lawrence                           curriculum.
   Fayetteville                   Newton
                                            Leslie          Stone                                     Craighead                   One example of a center serv-
                                                                          Independence                         Blytheville
                                                                                                     Jonesboro Mississippi   ing an array of students is the Met-
    Crawford                                                                             Jackson
               Franklin Johnson         Pope     Van Buren     Cleburne
                                                              Heber Springs
                                                                                                     Poinsett                ropolitan Career-Technical Center
                                               Quitman                                                                       in Little Rock. Serving students
                              Russellville Conway                                        Cross
    Sebastian                            Morrilton Faulkner White
                                                                      Bald Knob                    Crittenden                in schools from the Cabot School
                   Logan                                  Vilonia
    Fort Smith
                                                  Conway                      Woodruff
                                                                                                    W. Memphis               District, Little Rock School District,
                                                                                        St. Francis
                         Yell
                                      Perry                            Prairie              Forrest City
                                                                                                                             Pulaski County Special School Dis-
             Scott
                                                      Pulaski Lonoke                       Lee                               trict, North Little Rock School Dis-
           Waldron                      Saline N. Little Rock
                             Garland
                                        Bauxite                                                                              trict and schools in Saline County,
        Polk    Montgomery                                                     Monroe
                                                                                         Phillips                            Metropolitan offers courses in 13
                           Hot Springs                                                 Helena
       Mena                                      Grant       Jefferson Arkansas                                              areas, including advertising design,
                              Hot Spring                                     Stuttgart
         Howard     Pike                Malvern                                                                              auto body, welding, aviation tech-
                            Clark                          Pine Bluff
    Sevier Nashville
                           Arkadelphia Dallas                                                                                nology, culinary arts, cosmetology,
                                                    Cleveland Lincoln DeWitt
                                          Fordyce
                                                                              Desha
                                                                                                                             law enforcement and radio broad-
      DeQueen
                                                                                                                             casting.
    Little River Hempstead                Ouachita                         Drew
                               Nevada
                                                  Calhoun
                                                             Bradley
                                                                       Monticello
                                                                                                                                  “What these centers are offer-
               Miller                   Camden                                                                               ing is an extension of their school,”
                                                            Warren
                               Columbia        Union                     Ashley                                              said Department of Workforce Edu-
                                                                                     Chicot
               Texarkana
                               Magnolia                                                                                      cation Director Bill Walker. “More
                                                El Dorado
                   Lafayette                                                                                                 and more students are discovering
                                                                                                                             how positive these centers are and
                            College Based                           Satellite Locations                                      how they can help prepare them for
                            High School Based                       Satellite Locations                                      higher education and good jobs.”
                                                                                                          page 16
                           Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Honored
      during National Disability Employment Awareness Month
       everal events were celebrated               “Wal-Mart embraces the con-

S      in October as the Department
       of Workforce Education’s Ar-
kansas Rehabilitation Services Di-
                                              cept of diversity to include more
                                              than age, race and gender,” said
                                              Chandler during the brief presenta-
vision joined with other groups and           tion ceremony. “They include peo-
agencies to recognize October as              ple with disabilities in their definition
National Disability Employment                and they back that up with the num-
Awareness Month.                              ber of people with disabilities they
    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was hon-            have on their team, not just in this
ored on National Disability Men-              one store, but system-wide.”
toring Day, October 15, for the hir-               Shane Scott, a student at Arkan-
ing of people with disabilities as a          sas Career Training Institute in Hot
major portion of their Diversity and          Springs studying sales and market-
Inclusion program. ARS Commis-                ing, came to the Wal-Mart Hwy 10
sioner Robert Treviño was joined by           West store to spend a part of the
Ken Musteen, Chief of Field Servic-           day in the mentoring program. Wal-
es, and Rodney Chandler, District             Mart associates Laquetta Harris,
Business Relations Manager, to                Shelli Donnely and Benjie Baker             Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
                                                                                          Commissioner Robert Treviño
recognize the management of Wal-              spent time with Scott, showing him
Mart’s Hwy 10 West/Cantrell Road              first hand the Wal-Mart retail phi-
store in Little Rock. Representing            losophy. Scott was accompanied             with Disabilities, was pleased with
the store was co-manager Steve                by his ACTI business instructor,           this year’s Little Rock event.
Holmes.                                       Jacob Bryant. ACTI students Jer-               “Disability Mentoring Day was
    Commissioner Treviño present-             emy Johnson and Michael Goshen             accepted surprisingly better than
ed Holmes with a proclamation from            spent part of their mentoring day          we anticipated,” said Boyle. “Next
Governor Mike Beebe that honored              behind the scenes learning about           year, we would like to see twice as
all Wal-Mart stores for the compa-            the goings on at the Wal-Mart store        many students and business enti-
ny’s stand on diversity and its inclu-        in Pine Bluff.                             ties involved.
sion of people with disabilities.                   The Little Rock city government          “Along with the businesses that
                                                                 hosted a half-dozen     participated, I’d also like to thank
                                                                 student mentees         ARS’ Arkansas Transition Program
                                                                 who observed ac-        (ATP) director Judy Smith and the
                                                                 tivities in Finance,    ATP team of counselors for their in-
                                                                 Human Resources,        volvement in making the day a re-
                                                                 Parks and Recre-        markable success.”
                                                                 ation, Public Works,        Disability Mentoring Day, “Ca-
                                                                 Inner-Governmen-        reer Development for the 21st
                                                                 tal Relations and at    Century,” originated as a concept
                                                                 the Little Rock Zoo.    of the American Association of Peo-
                                                                 Two day-care cen-       ple with Disabilities. It promotes ca-
                                                                 ters, Treehill Park     reer development for students and
                                                                 and Full Potential      job-seekers with disabilities through
                                                                 Child Development       job shadowing and hands-on ca-
                                                                 Center, also hosted     reer exploration. With leadership,
  (l-r): Steve Holmes, Co-Manager, Wal-Mart, Hwy 10/Cant-
  rell location; Benji Baker and Laquetta Harris of Wal-Mart;    students.               coordination and resource materi-
  Shane Scott, ACTI business and marketing student who                 Leonard Boyle,    als from AAPD, local communities
  spent part of October 15th being mentored by Wal-Mart          Executive      Direc-   around the country organize their
  stafff; Shelli Donnely of Wal-Mart; Jacob Bryant, ACTI         tor of the Arkansas     own activities to bring students and
  Instructor, and Rodney Chandler, ARS District Business
  Relations Manager                                              Governor’s Com-         employers together for information-
                                                                 mission on People          WAL-MART continued on page 17
                                                                                                 page 17

GCPD’s Boyle named 2008 PTC Outstanding Alumnus

T
       he Arkansas Rehabilitation                                        Boyle says he’s been an advocate for
       Services Division’s Arkansas                                 those with disabilities since he first became
       Governor’s Commission on                                     disabled in 1992. Now he says serving as
People with Disabilities (GCPD) Ex-                                 Executive Director of the Governor’s Com-
ecutive Director Leonard Boyle was                                  mission for People with Disabilities and as
named Pulaski Technical College’s                                   a liaison between state government and
2008 Outstanding Alumnus in Oc-                                     Arkansans with disabilities is his perfect
tober at the Arkansas Association of                                job.
Two-Year Colleges state conference                                       “Few people say they get to do a job
in Rogers.                                                          that they love to do and they want to do,”
     Boyle enrolled at Pulaski Tech                                 he says, “but I can.”
(PTC) in 1998, six years after acquir-                                   Boyle’s GCPD position and his recog-
ing a disability resulting from a lower                             nition don’t mark the end of his education.
lumbar puncture and multiple sclero-           Leonard Boyle         He needs only six credits to complete his
sis that left him with partial use of his legs and in a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University
wheelchair. He called the decision to return to school of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and hopes to attend
“frightening.”                                          the William H. Bowen School of Law at UALR.
     According to him, PTC Learning Assistance Center        “We are very proud of Leonard’s accomplishments
coordinator Rhonda Carroll and history teacher Johnny and for his selection as Pulaski Tech’s Outstanding
Dollar helped ease his transition.                      Alumnus,” said Department of Workforce Education Di-
     “The developmental courses I took helped me learn rector Bill Walker. “This is a great honor for him and his
what college courses are all about and what I had to do hard work and commitment to our agency and in the
to make it through,” he said.                           community are pivotal to the success of the Governor’s
     After completing his Associate of Arts degree in Commission on People with Disabilities.”
2001, Boyle completed internships at US Representa-
tive Vic Snyder’s office and worked on the campaigns
of Congressman Snyder and Gov. Mike Beebe.                  Who Is      Philip McClain?
                                                                                        1 Student with a disability
WAL-MART continued from page 16
                                                                                        2 Russellville resident
al sessions about career opportunities and one-on-one
mentoring with volunteers at public and private places                                  3 GED graduate
of employment.
    Disability Mentoring Day is officially commemo-                                      4 Recent Arkansas Tech
rated on the third Wednesday of every October and is                                      University student
implemented in locations around the country and inter-                                      All of the Above
nationally throughout the year. It is designed to ben-
efit from local creativity, with each community planning                             Learn how the GED tests can work for
activities to best suit the interests and abilities of its                          you. Contact the Department of Work-
students, job-seekers and local employers.                                          force Education Adult Education/GED
                                                                                    division at 501-682-1980, or visit us at
    DMD is an opportunity to underscore the connec-                                 http://dwe.arkansas.gov.
tion between school and work, evaluate personal goals,
target career skills for improvement, explore possible
career paths, and develop lasting mentor relationships.
The program’s history shows that students’ and job
seekers’ participation in Disability Mentoring Day can
result in an internship opportunity with the host em-                                                     prove
                                                              Mature. Motivated.
ployer and function as a first interview on the way to a
                                                               And ready to prove it.
                                                                                                         yourself
part-time or full-time employment offer or even a firm
on-the-spot job offer.
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            Department of Workforce Education
                      awards CTE grants around the state
      he Arkansas Department            Arkansas Department of               project to meet industry re-
T     of Workforce Education’s
      Career and Technical Edu-
                                        Community Correction,
                                        $27,445, implementation of
                                                                             quest
                                                                             Phillips Community Col-
                                                                             lege of the University
cation (CTE) division is currently      a welding program for resi-
awarding grants to state second-        dents to improve non-tradi-          of     Arkansas,     Helena,
ary and post-secondary schools          tional enrollments                   $25,000, creation of bio-fuel
and school districts in order to        Arkansas School for the              frameworks for secondary
meet the agency’s goals for Ca-         Blind, $52,330, enhance-             instruction
reer and Technical Education            ment of CTE programs for             Southwest Arkansas Edu-
and promote Gov. Mike Beebe’s           students enrolled in CTE             cation Cooperative, Hope,
vision for creating a more com-         programs at residential              $67,989, High-Skill, High-
petitive workforce in Arkansas.         sites                                Wage, High-Demand Pro-
    “Arkansas’s economic future         Danville School District,            gram Grant to develop a
relies on having a well-educated        $2,895, purchase of adap-            resource manual of instruc-
and capable workforce,” said            tive equipment                       tional modules for construc-
Department of Workforce Edu-            Dawson Education Ser-                tion trade programs
cation Director William L. “Bill”       vice Cooperative, Arkadel-           Springdale School Dis-
Walker, Jr. “It’s incumbent upon        phia, $11,000, professional          trict, $75,000, High-Skill,
us to help our state’s schools          development        workshop          High-Wage, High-Demand
train our students for the high-        hosting for High Schools             Program Grant to implement
skill, high-wage, high-demand           That Work assessment                 and enhance an information
careers of tomorrow so that we          workshop                             technology (IT) academy
can effectively compete in the          Harrison School District,            Wynne School District,
global economy of the 21st cen-         $74,950, implementation of           $4,300, purchase of adap-
tury.”                                  a management and entre-              tive equipment.
    The following is a list of insti-   preneurship program and            “It is our goal at the Depart-
tutions and programs that have          the addition of a school-       ment of Workforce Education to
already received CTE grants:            based enterprise                react quickly to the needs of busi-
      Arch Ford and W.D. Mills          Mountain Home School            ness and industry and to provide
      Educational        Coopera-       District, $9,500, High-Skill,   career and technical education
      tives, Plumerville, $43,074,      High-Wage, High-Demand          services to all students” said
      High-Skill,      High-Wage,       Program Grant to host           John L. Davidson, DWE Deputy
      High-Demand         Program       statewide Career Acad-          Director for Career and Technical
      Grant to implement a petro-       emy Model training and to       Education. “This is also the ex-
      leum technology program           send nine instructors to the    pressed goal of Gov. Beebe and
      Arkansas Career Train-            National Career Academy         Director Walker. These grants will
      ing Institute, Hot Springs,       Conference                      help to offer career and technical
      $147,000, to raise exist-         Paris School District,          education classes to students in
      ing career training program       $19,845, planning grant to      these districts and address the
      standards to achieve nation-      implement an advanced           ever-changing needs of the local
      al program accreditation          manufacturing       program     workforce.”
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                 Dates to Remember
January 9, 2009                                    February 6, 2009
Apprenticeship Arkansas Apprenticeship             State Electrical Apprenticeship Committee,
   Coordination Steering Committee: Steel             IBEW Hall I-30 and University, Little Rock, AR
   Workers Hall, 1315 West 2nd Street, Little      February 9, 2009
   Rock, AR                                        State Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee,
Apprenticeship State Plumbing Apprentice-             Local Plumber’s Training Hall, 4503 Hoffman
   ship Committee, Local Plumber’s Training           Rd. Little Rock, AR
   Hall, 4503 Hoffman Rd. Little Rock, AR          February 10, 2009
January 12, 2009                                   Dist.3 FCCLA Spring Meeting Valley View High
Opening Session for the Arkansas General              School, Valley View, AR. 2/10/09
   Assembly; State Capitol, Little Rock, AR        Dist.4 FCCLA Spring Meeting UAPB, Pine
January 28, 2009                                      Bluff, AR
Business & Marketing Education - FBLA Dis-         February 12, 2009
   trict III Senior High Spring Conference; Pine   Dist.2 FCCLA Spring Meeting Melbourne High
   Bluff Convention Center, 500 E 8th Avenue,         School, Melbourne,AR
   Pine Bluff, AR                                  March 2, 2009
Business & Marketing Education - FBLA Dis-         Arkansas FCCLA Executive Council Luther
   trict IV Senior High Spring Conference; Hot        Hardin Building, LR, AR
   Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention       March 5, 2009
   Boulevard, Hot Springs National Park, AR        Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steer-
Business & Marketing Education - FBLA Dis-            ing Committee, Steel Workers Hall, 1315
   trict VI Senior High Spring Conference; Uni-       West 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR
   versity of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey       State Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee,
   Avenue, Conway, AR                                 Local Plumber’s Training Hall, 4503 Hoffman
January 29, 2009                                      Rd. Little Rock, AR 3/5/09
Business & Marketing Education - FBLA Dis-         March 6, 2009
   trict II Senior High Spring Conference ASU      FFA Southern District Electricity, Mechanics,
   College of Business, 103 Cooley Drive,             & Leadership Events, SAU Magnolia, AR
   Jonesboro, AR                                   State Electrical Apprenticeship Committee,
January, 30, 2009                                     IBEW Hall I-30 and University, Little Rock,
Arkansas FCCLA Executive Council Meeting              AR
   Luther Hardin Building, LR, AR                  March 12, 2009
January 30-31, 2009                                FFA Eastern District Career Development
Arkansas FFA Winter Leadership Conference;            Event ASU, Jonesboro, AR
   Camp Counchdale, AR                             March 19, 2009
February 2, 2009                                   FFA Southern District Career Development
Business & Marketing Education - FBLA Dis-            Events SAU Magnolia, AR
   trict I Senior High Spring Conference, Fort     March 26, 2009
   Smith Convention Center, 55 S 7th Street,       FFA Northwest District Leadership Events,
   Fort Smith, AR                                     ATU Russellville, AR
February 5, 2009                                   March 31, 2009
Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steer-        HOSA Spring Conference Hot Springs Con-
   ing Committee, Steel Workers Hall, 1315            vention Center. Hot Springs, AR
   West 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR
                         Arkansas Department of Workforce Education
                 State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities
Jack Justus, Chairman, Searcy, AR; Phil Taylor, Vice Chairman, Jonesboro, AR; Richard Smith, Tillar, AR; Kathy
Scarsdale, Harrison, AR; Lucy Ralston, Fayetteville, AR; Martha Dixon, Arkadelphia, AR; Justin Mitchell, Little
Rock, AR
                                                   Administration
William L. “Bill” Walker, Jr., Director; Robert P. Treviño, Commissioner for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Division; John L. Davidson, Deputy Director for Career and Technical Education; James Smith, Deputy Director
for Adult Education; Charles Brown, Deputy Director for Finance; Reginald L. Jackson, Deputy Director for
Communications; Ken Musteen, Chief of Field Services/Associate Director for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Division; Barbara Lewis, Associate Director/ Administrator of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division’s Arkansas
Career Training Institute; Roderic Duckworth, Associate Director for Career and Techincal Education; Sandra
Porter, Associate Director for Workforce Training; John Wright, Chief Financial Officer/Associate Director for
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division; Jim Moreland, Associate Director for Special Programs for Arkansas
Rehabilitation Services Division; Pamela D. Harris, Human Resources Administrator

                  Arkansas Department                           Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division
                 of Workforce Education                                       Central Office
                    Three Capitol Mall                                   1616 Brookwood Drive
           Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1083                              Little Rock, AR 72202
                      501-682-1500                                       501-296-1600 (V/TTY)
                     501-682-1509 fax                                    800-330-0632 (V/TTY)
                http://dwe.arkansas.gov                                    www.arsinfo.org
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