Staff Awards

Pie-In-The-Sky Award

Each month, the NHTC staff chooses a recipient for a cherished award in the company. The “Pie-In-The-Sky Award” is given in recognition of going above and beyond all expectations to fulfill the Purpose In Everyone (PIE). This month, Northern Hills Training Center proudly presents the award to:

Graham Wickwire

When Graham walks by, you know you are going to get a smile and a warm hello! Graham has a positive attitude and brings joy to those around him. He loves working with the people we support, and it shows every day in his work. Congrats, Graham!

  • January: Rich Mulholland
  • March: Jennifer Smolik
  • April: Christine Green
  • May: Graham Wickwire

NHTC Supervisors Attend Monthly Leadership Development

Meg McNeese from Rose Group Int’l®️ has been conducting monthly leadership development and project management training sessions with all frontline supervisors.

Meg’s sessions have been a joy for our supervisors, set apart from other training programs by their engaging quality. She provides a treasure trove of invaluable insights, fueling our team’s excitement for learning and professional growth within our company!

The supervisors that are attending say…

  • She makes things so fun it doesn’t feel like we are in training.
  • We learn so many tips that we can use every day in our jobs.
  • Love that NHTC is investing in us.
  • Meg is awesome!
  • Lots of great information. 
  • Best training I’ve ever been to.

Thanks to Meg from Rose Group Int’l®️ and April Galea for setting this up for our team! Check out more from Rose Group Int’l here.

NHTC Receives New Safety Grant

On Monday, April 29, 2024, Northern Hills Training Center (NHTC) was presented with a $1,000.00 check from Risk Administrative Services (RAS).  The $1,000.00 will be going toward the purchase of a salt/sand spreader to address slippery parking lots.  Last year, NHTC was awarded a grant from RAS that went toward giving every employee a pair of slip-on winter walking spikes.  RAS has been NHTC’s Workman’s Compensation insurer since 2013 helping NHTC’s employees work in a safe working environment.  

Pictured from left to right are:  

Mark Weber, Maintenance Transportation Officer (NHTC), 

Jeff Jones, Business Development Manager (RAS),

Dr. Michelle Powers, Chief Executive Officer (NHTC), 

Ryan Aalbu, Chief Director of Operations (NHTC), 

Bret Green, Insurance Agent (HUB International), 

Theresa Parish, Ergonomics and Loss Control Specialist (RAS)

Powering Ahead: Dr. Powers’ Monthly Snapshot for April 2024

Greetings from the office of the CEO

A great many exciting things are happening here at NHTC, including celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and welcoming the first day of spring! Thank you for letting me share a brief overview of some important news and events that occurred this past month.

One of the most important activities that happened this month was the first meeting of the Persons Supported Advisory Council (PSAC). Michelle Powers, CEO, and Ryan Aalbu, CDO, facilitated an hour-long listening session with volunteers discussing the scope of services provided through NHTC. This group will meet monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, meeting in the FRC, at 1:00 PM.

As a result of Ryan’s promotion to CDO, we conducted a search for a new Director of Human Resources. This job opening closed on March 21st, and interviews are currently being conducted to find our next HR director. Please watch out for an announcement to come in next month’s newsletter regarding this position.

The 2024 legislative session ended in March. As a group, community support providers (CSP) across the state of south Dakota lobbied for full funding of the methodology used to provide the services and supports used by our persons supported by our programs. In the end, all CsPs were funded at 98%, which is certainly appreciated, and we thank our legislators for their work on our behalf, with the funding set for the upcoming year, now the work of budgeting and planning begins, as we seek to ensure we are meeting the needs of our persons supported in the best ways possible.

The annual meeting of the NHTC Advisory Council was held on March 18th, 2024, at Killian’s in Spearfish. At this gathering, Dr. Powers shared the year in review, covering demographics of persons supported by NHTC, our impact in the community through competitive employment and giving back, as well as our work in recruiting and retaining employees.

On a final note, mark your calendars as we will be honoring the 2024 HTC Employer, Patron, and Achiever of the Year on April 13th, at the Spearfish Convention Center. Be sure to check out next month’s column, as I will be sharing our honorees and winners!

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