It Takes A Village
“It’s been a two-way learning street,” Kathrynne Shafer, Vice President of Operations at Messiah College, says of the partnership the college has with CPARC.
For 30 years, trainees from the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training (CIT) have worked at Messiah College. They work on teams in dining and custodial services on campus.
In that time, the trainees (who have various vocational needs) have become essential employees.
“They are part of the fabric of the college,” Kathrynne adds. “I can’t imagine either one of our teams not being there. It would be a hole in who we are and what we do.”
With your support, CPARC provides employment skills, training, and job opportunities for people with disabilities.
Community partnerships, like this one with Messiah College, allows CPARC to offer unique employment opportunities to CIT trainees.
Messiah College’s partnership with CPARC has been beneficial, not only for the trainees but for the students and campus community as a whole.
“We’re providing a real-life opportunity for the trainees and for our students,” Kathrynne says. The campus is learning from CIT trainees, and the trainees are gaining important job skills “in a fast-paced environment.”
Rick Hess has supervised the work crew in the kitchen at Messiah College for over 10 years. He knows that the trainees take a lot of pride in their work. “They work hard, and are proud of what they accomplish.”
Rick adds, “In a world where there isn’t always acceptance, we have found a place (at Messiah College) where trainees are appreciated and loved for who they are.”