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Garrison offers opportunity for disabled students

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Garrison offers opportunity for disabled students

 

By Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang

hyo.k.lee@us.army.mil

 

YONGSAN GARRISON - The Equal Employment Opportunity office offers a great working opportunity for college students with disabilities. Each year the Department of Labor, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies provide salaries for summer positions to be filled throughout the Department of Defense with students registered in the Workforce Recruitment Program.

 

The EEO office is expecting to assign four to six students to USAG Yongsan in order to support the Garrison. The timeframes for student assignments will be from May 1 to Sept. 30.

 

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated post secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs.

 

Applicants need to meet some qualifications. They must have a U.S. citizenship and a disability. Also, they must be enrolled in an accredited institution on a substantially full-time basis to seek a degree or taking less than a substantially full-time load because of immediate graduation or have graduated within the past year.

The applicants are not the only ones who benefit from the program. Employers also learn a lot from the new additions to their team.

 

“It was really good to have a person who was from outside of the Military,” said 1st Lt. Page Packer, G-1 Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program manager for 8th Army Headquarters. “She provided a whole different point of view on things by not only being disabled but also being outside of the Military. People in the Military get stuck by having certain mindset and certain way of doing things and she helped us create plans that were outside of the box.”

 

More information about the Workforce Recruitment Program is available on www.wrp.gov.

 

The EEO office has recently moved to Building 4309, the old IMCOM IG building, located right behind Building 4305, the Yongsan Garrison Headquarters. Anna Revere, USAG Yongsan Area II EEO director, and Stephen Brown, EEO specialist, are available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Call 738-4215 for more information.

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Taken on January 19, 2012