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Transforming Lives: Carol Silva Moralez and Upskill NWA’s Mission to Provide Access to Healthcare Jobs here in Northwest Arkansas

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 


Carol Silva Moralez is the president and CEO of Upskill NWA, a workforce development program that provides low-income wage earners with access to education and high-wage, high-demand jobs in healthcare. She has 25 years of experience in Walmart, including 18 years as an operator and 7 years at the Walmart home office.

Carol Silva Moralez has had an incredible journey to the position of president and CEO of Upskill NWA, a program that connects low-income workers to education and high-wage healthcare jobs. She drew on her experiences at Walmart to build a team and create a culture to uplift those in the program. The program has already changed the lives of 100 participants, and the children of those participants are more likely to go to college. Despite the hardships of the pandemic, the program is still going strong and has had an incredible financial impact of $617,000 in the first eight months of 2022.

“It’s truly an honor to be there, to be the support, and to lift them up so they can do the things that they need to do to graduate from school and change their lives.” 

Carol Silva Moralez

In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. How a 25-year Walmart company veteran succeeded as the President and CEO of Upskill NWA.

2. The success story of a workforce development program that has been in place for 30 years and has had significant wins.

3. How Upskill NWA has seen a dramatic financial impact in Northwest Arkansas within eight months of its launch.

All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:

Carol Silva Moralez on LinkedIn

Upskill NWA on LinkedIn

Upskill NWA Website

Upskill NWA on Instagram

Upskill NWA on Facebook

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Signature Bank of Arkansas  

Signature Bank was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”

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Because they put the focus on the customer instead of on having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to make sure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.

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