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Willcox business goes to hospitality bootcamp

WILLCOX — Locals learned what hospitality can do to give a business a needed boost.

Last Friday morning, the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the City of Willcox hosted a training session focused solely on customer service.

Business owners and city department heads gathered to hear the class on hospitality that was put on by Local First Arizona.

“I think we’re going to keep doing things like this because people see the demand. It brings people together and I think that’s how you get everyone on the same track going in the same direction,” said Willcox Business Engagement Specialist Jordan Parrish.

Discussion points included responding to reviews, putting customers first, as well as stressing the topic of shopping local.

Stacy Faulkner, senior manager of rural development at Local First Arizona, was the instructor for the class. The boot camp was sponsored by Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative.

“The chamber has some great plans on the horizon,” Parrish said.

The next event the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is readying for is the Winter Mixer on March 4. The mixer is open to anyone interested in business, and will be located at the Valley Telecom.

Individuals interested in attending the mixer may RSVP at willcoxchamber.com.

Willcox Schools get their skills on

WILLCOX — Willcox students were given the chance to pit skill against skill, and shine in competition.

Competing in the Skills USA contest, local students went face-to-face in the areas of carpentry, audio visual and law enforcement classes. The competition in Tucson, on Jan. 31, was a preliminary for the state competition which will be in April.

For the first time ever, the Willcox School law enforcement class competed by interacting in a mock crime scene investigation. One of the law enforcement students took third place, and will represent Willcox in the upcoming state competition.

The audio-visual students took five two-person teams to regional, while carpentry was awarded several gold and silver medals. Team carpentry and individual carpentry were awarded first and second places, which will enable them to compete in April

“We want to enlighten the next generation that the construction industry is a great place to have a career that is very fulfilling,” said Mike Goodwin, operations manager at Climatec and the Chair of the Arizona Builders Alliance Workforce Development Committee.

If the Willcox students succeed in the April competition, they will then once again compete in Louisville, Ky., in June.

“The career and technical classes offered at Willcox High School are preparing our students for the careers of the future. Volunteers and community support are always welcome and invited,” said Chris Stalder, Willcox dean of students.