Adults with disabilities begin their journey toward independence through local program


A local employment readiness program is helping adults with diasbilites scope out roles in the workplace.

The Community Workshop And Training Center focuses on a person’s abilities and future capabilities rather than their disability.

Through the Community Employment Services Program, adults are able to job shadow and begin their journey towards independence. This opportunity gives an inside look at a career they may want to pursue in the future. Friday, some CWTC consumers were given the opportunity to visit Hy-Vee at Grand Prairie. The Store Director gave a tour of eight different positions Hy-Vee offers and what it means to be a Hy-Vee employee. Some consumers may be given the occasion to try their skills at some of the stations.

“It’s important that they see that they do have the skill set,” said Jerreia James, CWTC employment readiness coordinator. “They can work in the community. They can do jobs where they are interacting with the community. Learn the skills that they need and just be the people that they are and everyone will appreciate that.”

The opportunity allows people to get an inside look at a career, which also coincides with their abilities.

“It really just melts my heart because they have so much potential and everything else,” said James. “Just to have the community outreach and invite everyone helps to explore each one of their individual traits that are awesome and make them amazing.”

CWTC, Community Workshop and Training Center, Inc., provides programs and services to adults with disabilities; enriching their quality of life, promoting social change, and optimizing their potential for independence.

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