NEWS from DAC NW

Career Mentoring Days Breaking Records!

Every year DAC NW coordinators organize Career Mentoring Day for students with disabilities to provide hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. And this year the program grew so much, we had to turn away students! “We hated to do it, but we knew we couldn’t handle the transportation,” said Molly Pollastrini, coordinator in the Lewiston, Idaho area.

Over 60 students will take part in the Lewis Clark Valley and 30 students in the Moscow area. Job placements requested run the gamut from retail, and police to nuclear physics. “We try hard to place students with their first choice,” said Mellowdee Brooks, coordinator in the Moscow, Idaho area. “But some are really hard to find mentors, like nursing.” This is due to Hippa requirements and state vaccination regulations. 

These experiences can produce life changing results for the mentees, and result in full time employment or internship opportunities. The event can also help 

dispel fears employers may have of hiring a person with a disability.  Only 36 percent of Americans with disabilities have a job. Employers are concerned and unsure of the kinds of accommodations an employee may need. They are concerned about asking questions they’re not supposed to ask, and because of those fears they avoid the issue. CMD offers an opportunity to develop a personal relationship with a potential employee with a disability.
CMD will be a full day for transitioning youth on November 12th in Moscow and November 14th in Lewiston.

 

 


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