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4th Annual Disability Mentoring Day

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Tiffany Ciarla, 2009 Mentee sorts apples at Paul’s Big M in Oswego

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Placement Network (OCPN) announces the Fourth Annual Disability Mentoring Day to take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at the American Foundry in Oswego. Disability Mentoring Day allows those with disabilities the opportunity to job shadow at local businesses to learn more about job skills and to promote career development. Last year, participants were matched up with many local employers including the American Foundry, ARC of Oswego County, Arise, Fulton Housing Authority, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Mrs. Rogers Neighborhood, Oswego County Buildings and Grounds, Oswego YMCA, Paul’s Big M, Price Chopper, Ruby Tuesday, Walmart of Fulton and Ye Olde Hair Shoppe.

The event is sponsored by the Oswego County Placement Network which is a multi-agency group working to establish a strong link between a diversified work force and the employment community to ensure mutually beneficial employment opportunities. The OCPN offers no-cost employment services including qualified, screened, job-ready applicants; appropriate job matches with motivated candidates; hiring and financial incentives and tax credits; training and consultation; assistance with disability awareness and diversity training programs, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance; and, follow-up services after placement.

Members of the OCPN include: Eric Ingerson and Spencer Horton, Arise; Teresa Gilbert, Gary McIlvain and Bonnie Travet, Career Employment Services; Winn Scholl-Hess, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped; Karen Mahlke, COCOAA; Kristan Armstrong, J. H. Burnash; David Kowatch, NYS Jobs Program; Michelle Smith and Beth Teifke, Oswego County Workforce New York; and Barry Tatters, VESID.

To learn more about any of these services, or Disability Mentoring Day, please contact Beth Teifke at 591-9026.