The Pioneer Center and the VA Medical Center have a natural marriage when it comes to individuals with targeted disabilities.
The organizations work together through a partnership that recently was extended through 2016 where the Pioneer Center refers candidates to the VA to do a internship to learn to overcome their disabilities and enter back into the workforce.
At the end of the internship as the individuals learn to overcome the obstacles in their life the VA hopes that the individuals involved will look to them as a potential employer.
Through its partnership with the VA the Pioneer Center has identified three areas initially for it's individuals to attempt internships, nutrition and food services, pharmacy services and canteen services. They are looking to expand to six total. It will serve between nine and eighteen people yearly.
The number of individuals participating will determine on various factors including, how effective they are in position, how quickly they go through training program and positions available.
Art adds, they are open to any employer and are seeking employment of any kind.
If you would like to participate in the program or have questions contact either Art Nickels at the Pioneer Center 773-8044 or Chris Gray at the VA at 773-1141 ext. 6277.