Golden Sierra to Receive $175,000 for Work Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

The Golden Sierra Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) project plans to establish 20 work-based learning opportunities that will lead to long-term employment, good wages, and a career ladder. Golden Sierra’s business engagement and case management teams will work closely with employers in high demand industry clusters to build relationships that result in individualized referrals of qualified participants. Scholarships for occupational skills training will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To ensure the support of the employers and to improve employment retention, the DEA project plan will also include a business education component. Workshops and seminars designed for businesses will explain the value of hiring, training, and retaining PWD. Retention efforts will also be supported by 12 months of follow-up services for the participant. Follow-up services include individualized counseling regarding workplace issues and may include the continued development of learning skills, communication skills, and professional conduct skills.

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