Heights day care employee earns state accreditation

Smart Beginnings Learning Center in Harker Heights is now able to have its rising star center accreditation thanks to a staff member’s hard work.

Owner Maria Zanabria said Maria Rocca, 53, worked during the past year to build a portfolio and took classes to earn credentials as a child development associate.

The Council of Professional Recognition awarded Rocca, who’s been with Smart Beginning for four years, with her bilingual accreditation as a child development associate for infants and toddlers.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Zanabria said. “This puts our center one step above requirements for Texas’ accreditation.”

Rachael Riley

CenturyLink offers low-cost Internet, phone services

CenturyLink Inc. participates in a government benefit program called Lifeline to make residential telephone service more affordable to eligible low-income individuals and families. Qualifying consumers must meet eligibility standards defined by the Federal Communications Commission and state public service and utilities commissions.

In addition to reduced-price phone service, a discounted high-speed Internet service is available to eligible consumers in markets where Internet service is available.

The program, known as CenturyLink Internet Basics, uses the same income and program eligibility criteria as the Lifeline program.

To find out more about the Lifeline program, go to www.lifeline.gov. Individuals living in a CenturyLink service area may call 1-855-954-6546 or go to www.centurylink.com/lifeline to inquire about Lifeline eligibility.

M. Clare Haefner

AAF-Central Texas plans annual mixer Friday

Join American Advertising Federation-Central Texas on Friday for the annual mixer.

Network with AAF-Central Texas members and professionals in the advertising industry starting at 5:30 p.m. at Tyku Wine Bar and Lounge in Killeen. No need to RSVP, just show up.

The next regular AAF-Central Texas meeting is Aug. 1.

M. Clare Haefner

Business Resource Center schedules workshops

The Central Texas Business Resource Center plans several workshops in July to help business owners.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 15. This workshop is for those who are already using social media and have accounts. Instructors will cover a variety of platforms and will take a look at all current efforts. Bring a device for hands-on lessons and best business practices. Cost is $25.

BUSINESS PLAN BASICS is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 22. This workshop covers a thorough overview of business planning, with a Q&A session. A workbook for preparing a business plan is included. Cost is $25.

TECHNIQUES FOR PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 29. This workshop will discuss specifics about how to market a business and budget for related costs. A workbook for preparing a marketing plan is included. Cost is $25.

Reserve a seat at least one day in advance. Call 254-200-2001 or email marcusc@workforcelink.com.

All classes are conducted at the Killeen Workforce Center, 300 Cheyenne.

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