Unique job fair helps adults with disabilities find careers

Published: Apr. 10, 2018 at 5:05 PM CDT
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Tuesday, Chippewa Valley employers had a unique opportunity to participate in a reverse job fair.

The job fair was part of Project Search, a nine-month education and training program designed to help young adults with disabilities. The free event took place at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Business owners and hiring specialists were able to interview nearly a dozen entry level job candidates at one location.

All of the prospective applicants were members of Project Search at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

"They have a board with pictures showing the different rotations that they've done at Mayo Clinic Health System. Each intern got to do three different internships, in three different departments. In addition they have a resume, a virtual resume, so that all the information regarding their employability skills is listed there,” said Jennifer Steffes, with May Clinic Health System.

Project Search is built on a collaboration that includes local businesses, school districts, the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, disability services agencies and families.

This is the second class of interns to go through the program.