Workability program works with local businesses |

Workability program works with local businesses

South Tahoe High School’s Workability program is looking to local businesses for assistance.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the kick-off month for year-round programs highlighting capabilities and skills of Americans with disabilities.

South Tahoe High’s program is aimed at helping students with disabilities obtain and maintain employment.

Students are matched with jobs which fit their interests and skill levels, and are trained to the employer’s expectations.

Because students may take a bit longer to train, the program reimburses employers for the first 60 hours which students work.

Workability is funded by federal and state grants and allows room for 150 students, 50 of which are hired into the community.

In 2000-01, 200,000 students were served statewide. About 75 percent of the students in South Tahoe High’s Workability program were hired as permanent employees upon completion of training.

Workability has been offered for 20 years under the direction of Marsha Butler. This year, she is assisted by Jill Colvin and Dee Petrell.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the program, please call the high school at (530) 541-4111, ext. 219.

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