Self Regional Healthcare receives Business Partnership Award

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.

Business networking and VR teamwork lead to success

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.

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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.

Cultivating the seeds of success

“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.”

Behind the scenes of success

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.”

Staff photography on display in Walterboro

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.