The Arc of Monroe is accepting enrollment in its ArcWorks program.
Arc Works in an integrated employment training program that offers job skills to those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Participants in the program learn skills like packaging, assembly and order fulfillment. But Wendy Amering, who works as Director of Programs and Services, said the skills learned go well beyond the practical training.
“The most important skills they learn here are the soft employment skills,” She said, “Learning how to talk to your supervisor, learning how to ask for time off, utilizing email, learning how to utilize RTS.”
Brandon Waddington, who is enrolled in Arc Works, has seen first-hand the effect the program can have.
“I express myself better, and I’m quicker to say how I feel.”
Students in the program split time between classroom work and practical work for which they are paid an hourly wage. Amering says that the goal is getting the students working in the community.
“We’re looking at people coming here as a stepping stone to community employment.”
The program employs close to 100 people at any given time and pay varies depending on the jobs done.
If you would like to find out more about enrolling in the ARC Works program, please email email@example.com or call 585-672-2222.