Students with disabilities at Seminole State College of Florida are exceeding Florida and national job placement averages, recent federal statistics reveal.
The College’s job placement rate for students with disabilities is 36.36 percent, compared with Florida’s overall rate of 13.62 percent and the national rate of 19.68 percent, according to statistics from the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).
“Our students work exceptionally hard to be successful at reaching their academic and career goals,” says Christy King, director of career development services at Seminole State. “We are very proud of their wonderful accomplishments and the outstanding success rate as reflected through the WRP data.”
The Seminole State Career Development Center partners with WRP, a federally run recruitment and referral program, to place highly motivated students and recent graduates with disabilities in the workforce. Potential jobs include those in the federal and private sectors and can be temporary or permanent positions.
Each year a representative from WRP visits Seminole State to conduct interviews with students classified as having a disability. Those disabilities encompass a broad spectrum ranging from physical ones such as visual impairments, to mental disabilities like ADHD.
After conducting the interviews, the WRP representative submits an evaluation of each student to a database that employers can use to search for suitable candidates.
To improve their hiring potential, the Career Development team works with students in the months leading up to the interview. The team offers resume reviews, mock interviews and advice about what to wear, among a number of other support services. The Career Development Center also offers these services to all other Seminole State students.
Through WRP, Seminole State students have been offered opportunities by the U.S. Navy, Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Defense, Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Agriculture.
For more information about the services offered to Seminole State students with disabilities, visit the Career Development Center's website.