FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 11, 2018
CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. – A former Michigan Career and Technical Institute student from Allegan County who works as a welder and an Adrian man who earned a cyber security degree were among the honorees today at the annual Champions Award ceremony.
Champions of outstanding commitment to Michigan’s public vocational rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities gained recognition at the annual event.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services collaborated with the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services to recognize employers, partners and customers. MRS presented its 10th annual Champion Awards at an event at the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing.
MRS offices around the state nominated champion candidates. The consistent theme from those nominated was demonstration of the value of hiring and retaining vocational rehabilitation customers.
The event is part of Investing in Abilities Month in October, as proclaimed by Gov. Rick Snyder to encourage employers to hire qualified people with disabilities while focusing on their abilities and increasing the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of Michigan workers with disabilities. The 2017 MRS Champion Award recipients are:
Customers (including youth) who are motivated and committed to finding and keeping jobs:
Business partners from large businesses that are working in innovative ways with MRS and its customers:
Business partners from small businesses that are working in innovative ways with MRS and its customers:
Community partners who have demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities to take charge of their futures:
Statewide Community Partners who have demonstrated a strong commitment to empower individuals with disabilities to take charge of their futures:
MRS assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and self-sufficiency. This is the 98th anniversary of the vocational rehabilitation program in Michigan.
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