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Arc of Monroe accepting applications for its employment training program

May 7, 2018

The Arc of Monroe County is accepting applications for its Adult Project SEARCH program, which prepares adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for employment.

Kayt Davidson is director of transition services with Job Path at the Arc of Monroe.

She says the program focuses on employment readiness.

"It takes place right in a business and we partner with the Del Monte hotel group for that, so we have internships throughout the four Del Monte hotels," she said. "We partner with OPWDD and ACCESS-VR, those are our funders for this program.  Really, it's work, work, work, that’s what we focus on."

Davidson says the internship program in the hotels amounts to much more than housekeeping and cleaning.

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“We’re working on transferable work skills.  We do internships in culinary, we do internships in guest services," she said. "We do so some cleaning, but that’s not what the program is based on, so we have a lot of opportunities for people.”

To take part in one of the internships, Davidson says applicants must meet Office for People with Developmental Disabilities eligibility, and be waiver enrolled.

Applicants also must no longer be eligible for high school school programs.

The internship program starts July 5 and runs for a year.

This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk.