Tremont — Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. has been approved for a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide services for high school students, ages 17-21, with developmental disabilities. The $83,000.00 grant will allow TCRC to hire two “Job Skills Developers” and create a transition program that will assist young people with disabilities to move from their school to a work environment. TCRC has already created partnerships with Washington, Morton, Pekin, and East Peoria High Schools.

The program will run over two semesters and involve four phases. Phase 1 will take place in a classroom setting and focus on interviewing, job searching, personal dress and manner, and other similar skills. Phase 2 will be hands-on with the students working at one of the TCRC Workshops, or other community settings, learning basic job skills. Phase 3 involves job shadowing for the students out in the community in occupations that would be of interest to them. Finally, in Phase 4 the students will search for actual employment.

The grant runs between August 2010 and August 2011 and will serve about 60 students from our area.

Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social service agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and visual impairments in central Illinois.

For more information, please contact Jamie Durdel, Senior Vice-President of Program Services, at (309) 347-7148.


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