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Argo L. Simpkins

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President and Chief Executive Off...

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ABO Haven , Inc.
1010 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
United States

Company Description: ABO Haven Inc. is a premier provider of education, training, and job-readiness delivery systems that are designed for populations who may be unemployed or...   more
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Employment History

  • Campus Boulevard Corporation
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www.abohaven.org, 18 May 2012 [cached]
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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www.abohaven.org, 18 May 2012 [cached]
History - On June 26, 2003, a conditional offer was made to Argo L. Simpkins, President & CEO of ABO Haven, Inc., to assume job-training operations and the CBC Career Institute.
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www.abohaven.org, 17 Nov 2006 [cached]
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.
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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 (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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The jobs are there, but many clients are parents and currently just 8 percent of Philadelphia's licensed child-care providers offer round-the-clock care, Abo Haven President and CEO Argo Simpkins said.
On Nov. 21, the city will get one more such facility when Abo Haven opens its Center for Non-Traditional Early Learning and Child Care at 10th and Spring Garden streets.The nonprofit, work force development agency is getting into the child-care business not to make money, but to fill a need of its clients and others in the area, Simpkins said.
The center will be able to care for up to 101 children, ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The cost per child will range from $125 to $170 per week, depending on age.Discounts will be made available to those who enroll more than one child and subsidies will be accepted as payment, but the center's services will not be exclusively for welfare recipients.
"There are times we could get 20 jobs for our clients in one company because they just can't fill that third shift, and the main reason is child care," Simpkins said."In this time frame it's difficult to find affordable and quality day care.You want to make sure they are in a safe environment."
Police, firefighters and hospital employees are among those with nontraditional hours that the center could attract, Simpkins said.
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The center will provide children with an early-learning curriculum aimed at preparing them for school, which will include music and art programs; dance and speech therapy, Simpkins said.A computer lab will also be on-site and a Web cam will be installed to allow parents to check on their children by going online.As part of enrollment, parents will be required to attend informational sessions for two to three hours per month that will give them parenting tips, such as nutritional needs for children and how to raise children to thrive and grow with self-esteem.
"We are hoping that some of the tips we give these parents, they can take them home and use on other siblings," Simpkins said.
As of last week, 15 children were enrolled at the center.The center will begin operating with one day shift and add shifts as more children are enrolled.At least 20 children will have to be enrolled at night to financially support the staff necessary for a night shift, Simpkins said.
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www.greatexpectations07.com, 14 Feb 2008 [cached]
Argo SimpkinsPresident/CEO ofABO Haven, Inc.
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