On August 9, 2016 staff from the Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) and Arbor E&T hosted 100 participants at a PROMISE Grant program celebration at Playtime Pizza. The event also served as an award ceremony to recognize the achievements of participants during summer work experiences. Of the 51 participants placed in employment, 31 completed all of the 200 allowable work hours, another 14 completed at least 100 hours, and six continue to work for local employers following their summer employment experience.
Presentation of the Diane Tucker Award *– to *Tatyuana Wilson – served as a highlight of the celebration. Tatyana brought her ambition and willingness to learn and grow to the Arkansas PROMISE work experience this past summer. Tatyuana, who worked this year at Metro Vocational Technical College, was an exemplary student and worker. She gained an in-depth knowledge of computer maintenance and repair through hands-on projects like building a laptop from scratch. She was on time every day and ready to work and learn. She impressed her worksite supervisor, Mr. David Crawford, so much that, as the summer drew to a close, he offered her a position at Metro Vo-Tech where he teaches. He believes that Tatyuana is passionate about computers and has a desire to be successful. Her passion not only set her apart from other PROMISE participants but provided a professional foundation that will last a lifetime.
The LRWDB began its partnership with the Arkansas PROMISE Grant consortium in January 2015 to operate a summer youth work experience program to run in concert with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).