By Estelle R. Brown
Kent State University Geauga Campus is now also a workplace where young adults with special needs receive on-the-job training and transferrable skills that make them productive citizens in their own communities. This has become possible through a new partnership with the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve (formerly the Geauga County Educational Service Center). Through the ESC, KSU-Geauga is a new job-training site for local teens with physical, cognitive, social and/or emotional disabilities.
From her perspective managing a job-training site in this partnership, Megan Krippel said, “The ESC students are at our Burton site on Thursdays and it is the highlight of my week, seeing these students on campus. We have an office for them to use, giving me a firsthand look at their amazing work, while also providing my team the opportunity to engage with the students and the ESC staff. The students are dedicated, task-oriented, positive and inspiring.”
For information about this community-strengthening project at KSU-Geauga, contact Marketing & Community Engagement Manager, Amy Murfello at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-834-3702.