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NACOG Hosts Annual Award Ceremony

14 August 2017  
Stephen Crandall, Owner of SC Audit and Accounting Solutions, speaks after being awarded the Employer of The Year by NACOG on Tuesday August 8th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

NACOG Honors Individuals and Businesses for Accomplishments In Past Year

PRESCOTT- The Northern Arizona Council of Governments held their Yavapai County Workforce Development Board Annual Retreat and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, August 8th.

The organization gave out various awards for their accomplishments in the past year. Quality Plastics and SC Audit and Accounting Solutions both won employer of the year. AAMCO employee Jon Ramicone was honored with Adult of The Year. Alexander Yowytewa, an employee of Crown King Fire, won Youth of the Year. Nancy Baldini won Dislocated Worker of the Year and Anita Marcus took home Trainee of the Year.

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“The gratitude that we see from individuals we work with is more than any paycheck that I could ever receive,”Regional Director for NACOG Teri Drew said. “Their gratitude turns into our gratitude and makes us very proud of the work that we do.”

Stephen Crandall, Owner of SC Audit and Accounting Solutions, moved back to Prescott to start his business after living in the city for college before spending eight years in Phoenix. Crandall works with Yavapai College and NACOG to find quality employees for his growing business.

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“We try to find the people in this community that really want success and want to learn,” Crandall said. “We want good people that are willing to learn and excited to learn.”

Crandall will often send potential candidates from Yavapai College to NACOG as the organization will work with SC Audit and Accounting Solutions to hire the employee. So far, Crandall said six have gone through the program and are still employed while one is still affiliated with the company.

“They’ve (NACOG) been an invaluable resource for us as far as assisting with our growth model and our hiring model,” Crandall said. “We will continue to work with them as much as we can as we continue to develop our company.”

The system set up with SC Audit and Accounting Solutions is a prime example of what NACOG is trying to accomplish in the community, workforce and economic development.

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“Workforce Development really is economic development,” Drew said. “Economic development is building communities by building jobs, supporting industry and developing the skilled workers.”

Drew said NACOG has offered employment training for more than forty years while the annual awards have taken place for the last ten years.