Skillsoft Conference

2018 ARPCT Annual Conference Recap

The annual ARPCT conference was held again in exciting Las Vegas at the Bellagio in conjunction with the Skillsoft Perspectives 2018 conference from April 11–13. The conference started with a wonderful reception filled with fabulous food and the opportunity to catch up with colleagues across the country. ARPCT members were able to reacquaint themselves with programs and current activity. It was also exciting to welcome Alex Tabony, Executive Director of Computer Technologies Program in Berkeley, California as the 2018 ARPCT stipend winner!

Chad Gaydos, Chief Operating Officer, kicked off the Perspectives 2018 conference with content and technology updates coming that will be available to members. This year ARPCT had the honor and privilege to recognize Skillsoft and long-term supporter, Willard Scott, during the Innovation Awards ceremony. [Please read the tribute to Willard Scott below.] ARPCT Board President, Lena Balk and Treasurer, Robert Leneway, presented the awards and highlighted the history of these important partnerships in supporting individuals with disabilities. ARPCT awards for Member Program of the Year, Business Partner of the Year and Member of the Year were not given out as there were a lack of nominations. Please make sure to think about this for next year’s conference as it is a great way to recognize successes for your organization.

At the ARPCT session, the attending programs continued the tradition of sharing their successes and challenges. Members were given valuable information to bring back to their organizations to share with staff. This included updates on new training programs, the impact of funding, Skillsoft updates, membership involvement, and CARF updates.

During the business meeting, ARPCT members reviewed and discussed the Board’s strategic plan.  The focus of the discussion was on membership engagement, communication, and the partnership with Skillsoft. The ARPCT Treasurer report was also shared and discussed.

The conference wrapped up with a fabulous event including Cirque de Soleil performers, great food, music, and members creating memories.

Next year’s conference Perspectives 2019 is set to take place April 15–17, 2019 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida. Please mark your calendars now and save the date for this exciting event!

Tribute to Willard Scott

Willard Scott, retiring Skillsoft Training Manager, was honored for his 40 years of service and support to people with disabilities as well as to the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Computer Technologies (ARPCT) on April 12, 2018 at the Skillsoft Innovation Awards ceremony.   During those 40 years, Scotty (as he is known to his friends) has represented four different training content providers: Deltech, CBT Systems, SmartForce, and Skillsoft. For each of these providers, Scotty was instrumental in establishing and maintaining agreements to provide free access to the company’s training offerings for people with disabilities who were being served by ARPCT member programs. This included ¾ inch video computer programing and operations training tapes from Deltech during the 1980s; 3 ½ inch CBT systems training floppy discs during the 1990s; online training with SmartForce during the early 2000s¾which he continued after 2005 when Skillsoft acquired SmartForce. Scotty’s dedication and support has been critical to the success and longevity of these corporate partnerships in support of people with disabilities.

In addition to his 40-year commitment to ARPCT, Scotty has served as a business advisor to ARPCT’s  founding member, the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA. As Scotty retired from Skillsoft, he was elected to the ARPCT Board as Vice President of Operations and will serve as the new EditU Administrator.

2019 Skillsoft Perspectives Conference
Orlando, FL
April 15–17

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