Argo L. SimpkinsA 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
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
possesses numerous management skills, Argo
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.
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.
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.
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.M For more information on Argo Simpkins