The offices of Disability Services and Career Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder were the first runners-up for the Unique Career Fair Concept Merits NACE/Chevron Award for their project entry titled Career Program for Students with Disabilities.
The two offices produced the project together to introduce students with disabilities to various employers.
For the past year the program has successfully helped students with disabilities acquire job skills and gain experience adapting in the workplace. They also receive a fixed payment funded by the universitys learning disabilities program and members of the administrative staff.
Lynne Boyle, assistant director of career services, was awarded $250 for submitting the project idea. Others involved in planning include, Henry Claypool and Jayne MacArthur from Disability Services, and Michael Deragisch and Judith Moore from Career Services.
This program serves as a model because it can be easily duplicated on most university campuses that have a career services office and a knowledgeable disability professional, Boyle said.
The NACE/ Chevron award was initiated in 1983. The winner receives a check for 1,000 and a plaque.
The winning entry was submitted by Russ Everhart, Johnson County Community College career coordinator, on innovative programming in career services.