2019 is shaping up to be a great year! We are excited to bring you news on our VR Workforce Studio Podcast, new partnerships, board members and more. As always, thank you for your support of the WWRC Foundation, and our mission to create a path forward through vocational rehabilitation at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center.
VR Workforce Studio: Finding an Edge
Listen to this amazing story about a phenomenal partnership that’s opening up career pathways that help individuals with disabilities train for and go to work in modern manufacturing as skilled and credentialed registered apprentices.
Chris’ pathway to employment followed a circuitous and challenging route after childhood trauma left him with a variety of disabilities. He enrolled in vocational rehabilitation at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center and found purpose and a new beginning in the Center’s Manufacturing Technology Training (MTT) program. After enrolling in a Pre-Apprenticeship Program through the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Chris began work at the Hershey Chocolate plant in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Today, Chris works as an Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprentice (IMTA) within his job as a production operator on the “almond joy-snack size” line.
What a Gift!
In addition to this special partnership we extend a very special thanks to our friends at The Hershey Company, Karen VanCuren and Dennis Winnett (Stuarts Draft plant) as well as Katrina Briddell, who manages corporate philanthropy & community engagement, for $25,000 in funding assistance for the WWRC MTT Program! What an incredible gift in support of our mission to help the programs of WWRC. We continue to be blessed by these special partners.
Many Thanks to United Bank
“Excellence in service to our communities”, is part of the mission statement at United Bank. With the community being at the heart of their work, United Bank believes in its mission to have strong partners to connect with people who need help the most. This is how United Bank’s Premier Partnership was created - as a way to reach out, connect and serve. The WWRC Foundation is honored to have been selected to be this year’s Augusta County Premier Partner through Haley Shull, Branch Manager of the Waynesboro United Bank. As a premier partner, WWRCF will receive a number of benefits from marketing promotions and volunteerism to monetary and in kind support, to name a few. Many thanks to Untied Bank for their generosity and concern for our mission to serve individuals with disabilities through physical rehabilitation and vocational training as they reach independence and self-sufficiency through employment.