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Campus Boulevard Corporation

President and Chief Executive Officer
ABO Haven , Inc.

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Argo L. Simpkins

Argo L. Simpkins, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABO Haven, Inc., has spent the last two decades honing her professional skills as an educator, successfully implementing processes designed to develop vocational and technical competencies for socially challenged populations.
In addition to her executive accountabilities, Argo continues to function as the School Director for ABO Haven, Inc. She maintains an active presence with her staff and students, thus providing her the opportunity to personally ensure that the standards of excellence she developed over the years are maintained. This "hands-on" approach is in large part responsible for high levels of performance, low absenteeism, and positive results exhibited by alumni of ABO Haven, Inc., who enter the workforce upon graduating from ABO Haven's curriculum. Equally as important is the positive workplace value system and management efficiency demonstrated by her staff.
While she possesses numerous management skills, Argo credits her effectiveness to the focus she has placed in several key areas: the teaching of technical skills, such as computer applications and keyboarding for beginners and advanced typists and the teaching of soft skills, such as time management and workplace protocol. Argo believes that such information is essential to help them bridge the digital divide.
Prior to assuming the helm of ABO Haven, Inc. Argo was employed with Campus Boulevard Corporation (CBC) for nine years, progressively serving as Coordinator, Head Instructor, School Director, and Chief Operating Officer. Hired by CBC in 1994 to implement the organizations' first training contract through Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC), formerly known as the Private Industry Council (PIC), Argo developed curriculums, instructed and counseled students, and hired and trained staff, all while implementing and managing thirteen additional CBC contracts. As her responsibility for CBC operations grew, so did the business. This non-profit business expanded such that a for-profit subsidiary was incorporated as a proprietary school and subsequently licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in December, 1999. Argo developed the requisite processes (Computer Office Technology, Computer Servicing & Troubleshooting, Data Entry, Customer Service, Hospitality, and Introduction to Computers for the International Student with English as a Second Language) which qualified the institution to be licensed.
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Argo has been invited to speak to various organizations and institutions; executives in the public and private sector have been intrigued by her successful training methods, high employee retention rate, training completion rate, and placement retention rate. Argo has addressed such esteemed audiences as The University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Elijah Anderson Community Focus Group, Eastern State College, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), and National Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED). She has also been featured on such popular local network television programs such as Visions and Prospective A.M. Furthermore, Argo's successful method of educating and developing skill sets for socially challenged populations has been the subject matter in a number of publications:
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§ Code of the Streets, (Argo is highlighted via pseudonym, by University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Elijah Anderson)
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An accomplished motivational speaker, Argo also does workshops in attitudinal adjustment in the workplace and has presented workshops to administrative and managerial staff at Health Partners of Philadelphia. In the past nine years, Argo has managed and developed training programs, resulting in graduates who have contributed over $5 million to the economy of the Commonwealth. Listed below are documented retention statistics for years of training (students were tracked up to 14 months after graduation). § 90 percent of graduates from CBC are working in position three months after program completion. § 80 percent of graduates are working in positions seven to eight months after program completion. § 70 percent of graduates are working in positions one year and two months after program completion. § Graduates earn an average hourly wage of $10 an hour with full benefits.
Argo works diligently to create an atmosphere of progress and growth for her staff and students. Her capacity to function effectively in a diverse work environment, solve problems, and work well under enormous pressure has allowed Argo L. Simpkins to develop into one of the Delaware Valley's leading authorities on workforce development in principal and in practice.


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Argo L. Simpkins

A native of Philadelphia, Argo L. Simpkins currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of ABO Haven, Inc ...A long time resident of the Delaware Valley region, she has spent the last two (2) decades honing her professional skills as an educator, successfully implementing processes designed to develop vocational and technical competencies for socially challenged populations.
In addition to her executive accountabilities, Argo continues to function as the School Director for ABO Haven, Inc ...She maintains an active presence with her staff and students, thus providing her the opportunity to personally ensure that the standards of excellence she developed over the years are maintained.This "hands-on" approach is in large part responsible for the high level of performance, low absenteeism, and positive results exhibited by alumni of ABO Haven, Inc. who enter the workforce upon graduating ABO Haven's curriculum.Equally as important is the positive workplace value system and management efficiency demonstrated by her staff.
While she possesses numerous management skills, Argo credits her effectiveness to the focus she has placed in several key areas.The technical skills provided to students at ABO Haven, Inc. such as computer software and application, keyboarding for beginners, and advanced typing are complemented with soft skills such as workplace protocol in order to help graduates advance in their positions.Argo believes that such information is essential to help them bridge the digital divide.
Prior to assuming the helm of ABO Haven, Inc.Argo was employed with Campus Boulevard Corporation (CBC) for nine years, progressively serving as Coordinator, Head Instructor, School Director, and Chief Operating Officer.Hired by CBC in 1994 to implement the organizations' first training contract through the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC), formerly known as the Private Industry Council (PIC), Argo developed curriculums, instructed and counseled students, hired and trained staff, all while implementing and managing thirteen (13) additional CBC contracts.
As her responsibility for CBC operations grew, so did the business.This non-profit business expanded such that a for-profit subsidiary was incorporated as a proprietary school and subsequently licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in December, 1999.Argo developed the requisite processes (Computer Office Technology, Computer Servicing & Troubleshooting, Data Entry, Customer Service, Hospitality, and Introduction to Computers for the International Student with English as a Second Language) which qualified the institution to be licensed.
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Guest speakers for various organizations and institutions, executives in the public and private sector have been intrigued by the success Argo has enjoyed.Characterized by her successful training methods, high employee retention rate, training completion rate, and placement retention rate, Argo has addressed such esteemed audiences as The University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Elijah Anderson community focus group, Eastern State College, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) and National Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED).She has also been featured on such popular local network television programs such as Visions and Prospective A.M.
Additionally, her successful method of educating and developing skills sets for socially challenged populations has been the subject matter in a number of publications.
...
An accomplished motivational speaker, Argo also does workshops in attitudinal adjustment in the workplace and has presented workshops to administrative and managerial staff at Health Partners of Philadelphia.
In the past nine (9) years she has managed and developed training programs, graduates have contributed over $ 5,000,000 to the economy of the Commonwealth.Listed below are documented statistics for the past for years of training (students were tracked up to fourteen months after graduation).
90 percent of graduates from CBC are working in position three months after program completion.
80 percent of graduates are working in positions seven to eight months after program completion.
70 percent of graduates are working in positions one year and two months after program completion.
Graduates earn an average hourly wage of $10.00 an hour with full benefits.
Argo worked diligently to create an atmosphere of progress and growth for her staff and students.There had been no turnover of full-time training staff in the nine years she managed training contracts and staff.Her capacity to function effectively in a diverse work environment, solve problems, and work well under enormous pressure has allowed Argo L. Simpkins to develop into one of the Delaware Valley's leading authorities on workforce development in principal and in practice.
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Philadelphia Daily News | 02/13/2006 | SHE TRAINS, INSPIRES -AND REDEEMS

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GROWING UP ON the streets of North Philly wasn't easy for Argo Simpkins.

Born to a single mom who went on and off welfare, Simpkins struggled and did poorly in school and at age 15, found herself pregnant with no prospect of college.
"I finally realized that everything that was happening was all my choices," said Simpkins."I realized that no one was doing this to me, I was making choices and doing this to myself."
So she took control of her life.She had the baby.She finished high school.She got a secretarial job, then another job.She never missed a day of work, never showed up late.
And she beat the odds.
"But what I learned from it was there are people like me who make mistakes," said Simpkins.
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"I am not talking about a handout for people," Simpkins said.
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Growing up at 24th and Huntingdon in North Philly, Simpkins' mother struggled to make ends meet, going on and off welfare, and "doing the best she could" for Simpkins and her sister.
Simpkins says she didn't apply herself at school and as a result, no one encouraged her to go to college - especially after she got pregnant at 15.
"My grades weren't good and so it wasn't talked about," said Simpkins."It was never offered to me."
She managed to finish high school after having the baby, and went straight to a job-training program where she learned to type, to file and other general secretarial skills.From there, she was placed at a local real estate agency as a secretary.
"I learned how to type, how to write, I always showed up on time and I never missed a day," she recalled.
From there she went to several other secretarial jobs, but always felt a pull toward a career that could help others to not just survive, but advance in life.In 1994, she joined the Campus Boulevard Corporation (CBC) in Philadelphia, a non-profit training school that took state, federal and local corporate grants and contracts to train employees in computer literacy, data entry and hospitality so that they could advance in the workplace.
She began writing the curriculum for trainees and eventually became the director of the career program.
"I was skilled at writing successful training programs for people like me," said Simpkins.
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"Women are going to prison at a faster rate than men, and they are coming out of prison often to nothing," said Simpkins.
In 2003, Simpkins faced her toughest challenge.CBC gave her and 13 other employees just a few days' notice that it was struggling financially and planned to shut down.Simpkins stepped up to the plate and took over the operation, signing on as president and renaming it the ABO Haven Job Training Program.
"They hadn't been actively seeking new contracts to bring in more revenue, so we had to do some serious scrambling," said Simpkins.
The success story
Since 2003, Simpkins has succeeded in maintaining the federal and corporate contracts that CBC had, while still trying to recruit new ones.
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"Right now, we send graduates to Glaxo SmithKline, the City of Philadelphia, Abington Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Towers Perrin, all over," said Simpkins.
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Because Simpkins does not make a profit from the training program, she created other for-profit ways to sustain ABO Haven.Romulus Enterprises, LLC, is a licensed career-training school that trains students in computer and other certification programs at 2 Penn Center.
And after repeatedly seeing that graduates who are single parents often have to turn down jobs requiring off-hour or overnight shifts, in November she opened a round-the-clock, seven-days-a-week daycare called the ABO Haven Center for Non-Traditional Early Learning and Child Care.The 9,000-square-foot space at 10th and Spring Garden can care for 101 children, for about $150 to $220 a week; subsidies are accepted.Though it is now at about 10 percent capacity, Simpkins believes business will pick up as word of mouth spreads.
"These kids love it here," said executive director Marlo Satchell, who has worked with Simpkins for 16 years.


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