The Division on Career Development and Transition International Conference was held in Myrtle Beach on October 19-22.
The Berkeley-Dorchester VR transition team and was recognized for their partnership with AccessAbility on November 10, 2016 in Charleston.
Love Chevrolet in Columbia received VR’s Exemplary Employer award at the SCVRA annual meeting on October 27.
Brian Denny of Columbia received statewide recognition recently for his determination and exceptional accomplishments. Denny received VR’s Client Achievement award at the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Association (SCVRA) annual meeting on October 28, 2016.
HBD Thermoid in Elgin was recognized at the recent annual meeting of the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Association, a support organization for the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR), which prepares and assists eligible South Carolinian with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.
A number of S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR) employees were honored recently at the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Association annual meeting.
Self Regional Healthcare, located in Greenwood, was recognized at the recent annual meeting of the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Association, a support organization for the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR), which prepares and assists eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.
Joy Ivester, Transition Alliance of South Carolina Program Director at the USC Center for Disability Resources, was recently honored at the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Association (SCVRA) annual meeting.
Ruiz Foods in Florence was recognized at the recent annual meeting of the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Association, a support organization for the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR), which prepares and assists eligible South Carolinian with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.
...#InclusionWorks is the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month?
Brian Denny didn’t think he could go back to work after he sustained a high level spinal cord injury (C3-C4).
Unable to move his upper or lower body, Brian uses a power wheelchair that he manipulates by blowing into a straw-like device called a sip and puff. It takes patience and determination, something that Brian has in great supply.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As Hurricane Matthew took aim at the Palmetto State, certified deaf interpreter Jason Hurdich stood next to Gov. Nikki Haley communicating the crisis as only he could.
This month, we recognize the significant progress our country has made for those living with disabilities, and we honor the lasting contributions and diverse skills they bring to our workforce.
Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
“We’ve hired ten percent of our workers through the VR SWAT program,” Jeff Mang, plant manager of HBD Thermoid, tells a group of business and community leaders during the 1st Annual Camden Area Business Cookout at the Camden Work Training Center on August 17.
The group includes more than 40 representatives from Lee, Kershaw and Camden counties, who are learning firsthand how VR helps businesses find talented employees through services such as Skilled Workforce Apprenticeship Training (SWAT).
“We make the very best transmission belts for lawn mowers in the world,” Mang continues, “and these employees are our top tier performers. They are knowledgeable and excited to come to work.”
Robert Truesdale, Business Development Specialist in the Camden area, is thrilled with the success of the 1st Annual Camden Area Business Cookout.
“We’ve already had ten new job leads from five different companies, and we have a client who will begin an OJT (on the job training) opportunity tomorrow. We’re also meeting with several employers to discuss how we can better prepare our clients to move into employment with them.”
The Spartanburg VR office was recently recognized by the Spartanburg City Council for their contribution to Project Educate. Project Educate received the Barret Larrimore Award, which honors organizations that work together collaboratively for the betterment of citizens in their counties.
The Beaufort VR Office hosted the Chamber of Commerce’s “Coffee with Colleagues” on August 19. During the event more than 40 representatives networked with VR staff and toured the Work Training Center.
The Gaffney VR Office recently held a “What to Wear” fashion show for clients. Staff members demonstrated a variety of appropriate attire for different jobs, including an office environment, a plant or production setting, a fast food establishment, and a restaurant.
The Walterboro VR Office recently held a “signing party” to recognize the creativity and photographic skills of three of their staff whose photographs have been selected for display throughout the office.
Walterboro is one of several offices which has held a photo contest to produce canvas wall hangings of local-themed photos for display in their facility. The photo contest is an opportunity for staff to show their creativity and appreciation of their community.