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DAC NW PREPARES FOR CAREER MENTORING DAY
Disability Action Center NW is once again preparing for Career Mentoring Day with two events to serve our area. On November 9th it will be held in Lewiston at the VFW Hall and on November 10th at the Fairfield Inn in Moscow. Students 16-24 with disabilities can take part and learn about the career of their choice.
The event starts with registration and orientation breakfast. Students will then spend several hours job shadowing with mentors in the community. They return for a luncheon with guest speakers and workshops on resume building, mock interviews and more.
CMD is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with hands-on exploration. “By matching students with mentors in our community, we can give them an opportunity to “test-drive” their dream job,” says project co-coordinator Aerius Franklin. Qualified candidates will have passing grades and demonstrate effort in their coursework. Students must not have current or recent disciplinary issues and must show an interest in participating in CMD. People with disabilities represent the largest minority, roughly 15 percent of the U.S. population. The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is more than double that for people without disabilities. CMD works to dispel employer’s fears about hiring people with disabilities and to give transitioning students information they need to pursue the employment of their choice.