On this episode of the Taking Care of Business Podcast, Trish Villines, the Executive Director for the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce joins us to talk about the upcoming AR Biz Assist Luncheon in Harrison. Trish and Wilson talk about some of their common connections through the state chamber and the Governor's Quality Award, as well as some lessons learned by Trish through this grant and the Biz Assist workshops the state chamber is coordinating around the state with local panelists.
Thank you Trish and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce for your partnership and helping us bring resources and education to our entrepreneur and small business community in Harrison.
On this episode of the Taking Care of Business Podcast, Delbert McCutcheon, the Director of Employee Education at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center joins us to talk about the recent donation to Harrison High School for their CNA Program. Delbert has been in healthcare education for 20+ years and was nominated by the state as an Outstanding Nurse Educator for 2023. Delbert and Wilson talk about workforce development and growing the talent pipeline for healthcare in our region with hands on experience and real equipment in the high school that the hospital has furnished.
Thank you Delbert and the NARMC team for this donation to our schools and helping grow our future workforce in healthcare for our region.
On this episode of the Taking Care of Business podcast Susan Gilley, the Executive Director in charge of Federal Programs and Instructional Technology at Harrison School District, joins Wilson to discuss the WorkKeys assessment and the National Career Readiness Certificate. Developed by ACT Workforce Solutions, the WorkKeys assessments are set to transform the measurement of foundation skills essential for workplace success. Unlike conventional assessments focusing solely on reading and writing, WorkKeys stands out by evaluating a comprehensive range of both hard and soft skills that hold significance across various professions and industries.
Susan, thank you for joining us in studio to discuss more about our workforce and how businesses are interacting with our students at Harrison School District.
By Addie Jones, Media Intern - Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the local school district and business community, is laying the groundwork for a stronger workforce and a clearer path to success in the job market through the promotion of the WorkKeys assessment, also known as the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
Developed by ACT Workforce Solutions, the WorkKeys assessments are set to transform the measurement of foundation skills essential for workplace success. Unlike conventional assessments focusing solely on reading and writing, WorkKeys stands out by evaluating a comprehensive range of both hard and soft skills that hold significance across various professions and industries.
Harrison, AR, July 25, 2023. Jim Holland, Chair of the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce and President, Phillips Media, will lead a round of welcome remarks to Class XXXV of the Boone County Leadership Institute (BCLI) on Tuesday, August 8th. BCLI – presented by Kinetic by Windstream for the fifth year – will get underway at the Signature Bank Community Room with the seventeen participants and their supervisors and managers learning what is in store for the group of emerging leaders over the next eight months.
Holland will join Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway, Harrison Mayor Jerry Jackson, and Windstream Vice President of Government Relations David Avery in welcoming the group to the program. Participant managers and supervisors are also encouraged to attend.
BCLI Class XXXV participants are Bobbi Edwards, Bridgette Johnson, Donald York, and Matthew Farris of FedEx Freight; Brian Byrd, Jake Gray State Farm; Cheryl Keymer, Signature Bank; Diego Rubio Ramos, Wabash; Erika Evans, TitleNet Solutions; Josh Fisher, Weichert, Realtors - Market Edge; Kayla Jones, Stone Bank; Lauren Loggins, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center; Laura Martin, CS Bank; Natalie Ward, Anstaff Bank; Rita Rogers, North Arkansas College; Shana King, Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District; Travis Garner, Claridge Products & Equipment; and Taff Grice, Ozark Opportunities.
During the program, participants will engage with government and business leaders and other entities that make up Harrison and Boone County, including a three-day trip to Little Rock for the 4H Center’s ExCEL Course and meeting with the Governor and other state officials in September.
Class XXXV will also engage with BCLI alumni throughout the year’s program. Graduation is planned during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, March 12, 2024.
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About the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce promotes the economic and business well-being of the greater Harrison and Boone County, Arkansas area. The investor-driven Chamber also recognizes, values and promotes the outstanding quality of life locally that encourages people to live, work, invest and retire in the area. For more information, please visit www.harrison-chamber.com.
On this episode of the Taking Care of Business podcast Matuschka Lindo Briggs joins Wilson to discuss the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Arkansas Economy, and her job as the senior vice president and regional executive as she travels across the state of Arkansas.
Matuschka, thank you for joining us in Harrison to learn more about our community and recording in the studio with Wilson to talk more about your role at the Fed and your experience in Harrison!
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