About Macon State
Macon State is one of seven Georgia colleges participating in the Workforce Recruitment Program for Students with Disabilities. Macon State students with disabilities who are registered with the college’s Counseling Center/Disability Services Office are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Ann Loyd, director of the Counseling Center, at email@example.com.
What Is the Workforce Recruitment Program?
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource to connect public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields.
Myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions about people with disabilities often stand in the way when people with disabilities look for jobs, resulting in a high rate of unemployment. Statistics show that people with disabilities from minority backgrounds encounter even greater difficulty in obtaining work. The WRP aims to eliminate this workplace discrimination one student, one employer, and one job at a time.
Who Is Eligible to Participate in the WRP?
An applicant for the program must
· have a disability and registered with Counseling Center/Disability Services @ Macon State. Mathematics Building – Room 110, 478/471-2985, www.maconstate.edu/counseling
· be a United States citizen
· be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning on a substantially full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR
· be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation OR
· have graduated from such an institution within the past year
What Does the WRP Offer to Colleges and Universities?
The WRP provides a unique opportunity for colleges and universities to
· tap into a system that has been successfully placing students with disabilities in summer and permanent positions in the public and private sectors for over 15 years, at no cost to the school, the student, or the employer
· bring together the resources of their disability services, career services, and veteran services offices to promote more effectively the job seeking skills and career readiness of their students with disabilities
· provide their students with disabilities a chance to grow personally and professionally through participation in this nationwide program
What Does the WRP Offer to Eligible Students?
The WRP is an excellent way for students with disabilities in all fields of study to
· market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States
· sharpen their interviewing skills during a required one-on-one meeting with a WRP recruiter
· gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job
· prove that people with disabilities can be excellent employees
How Does the Program Work?
The WRP operates on the following timeline:
· October 18, 2011 - Interview Day @ Macon State
· October 4, 2011 – Deadline to register for interviews with Counseling Center/Disability Services
· By early December, a database composed of student applications and profiles are made available to employers in the public and private sectors.
· Once the database is released, interested employers make direct contact with students about temporary and permanent job offers. The database is active for one year.
The WRP is co-sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Department of Defense, with support from other federal agencies.
· If you are an eligible student, share this information with your school's disability services coordinator, career services coordinator, or other faculty and staff member and ask him or her to contact the WRP Coordinator. Please understand that we work directly with campus coordinators, and cannot respond to inquiries from individual students.