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Arizona State Representative Nominee Vickie Simmons
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Nominee Bio-
Currently, I am the Deputy Director of ARIZONA@WORK-Southeastern Arizona and I have been in this position since April 1, 2009. I, oversee the day-to-day operations of our local area which includes the three counties of Cochise, Graham and Greenlee. Previously, I worked in public accounting and in the private sector in accounting. I hold a B.S in Business Administration from University of Southern Mississippi and I am a C.P.A. licensed in the State of Mississippi.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision for the workforce development profession is we are no longer the "best kept secret." Until I began my job in the workforce development profession I had never heard of it. Being a workforce development professional is the most rewarding job I have had in my many years of work. We just need to do a better job of getting the word out about us.

 

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My passion is workforce development. In workforce development we have the ability to make a difference in people's lives by assisting them with job search to training. There is nothing more exciting to see a workforce client reach their goals and have a better life. One of the things I always tell clients is "your success is our success" which is such a true statement.

 

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I want to serve on the Board because I want to continue to be a voice for Arizona. Arizona is my home and I only want the best for my State. Serving on the Board will help me grow as a workforce development professional, learn new and best practices from other Board members.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The biggest challenge facing the profession today is the WIOA Core Partners continue to work in silos instead of working as a system. Change is hard no matter how you do it, however Title I bears the responsibility of the WIOA Act. To address this challenge NAWDP should continue to be an advocate for the system as a whole. NAWDP has a large voice in the Workforce profession to push the the change from working in silos to working as a system.