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Opportunity Partners, Projects With Industry program  

Opportunity Partners will utilize for the Projects With Industry (PWI) program is based on our already-proven strategies for employment training, placement, retention, and career advancement that have been developed and refined over the past 50+ years of working with people with disabilities. The project goals and objectives are designed to support people with disabilities in attaining competitive employment with livable wages and career advancement opportunities in high-growth fields. With support from the Business Advisory Council (BAC), as well as support from other employment partners, Opportunity Partners proposes to provide customized training to 252 participants over a period of three years to prepare people with disabilities for employment in high-growth sector jobs, including Retail, Food Service, Hospitality, Janitorial, and Document Conversion/Clerical Services. Employment training will include classroom-based, on-the-job, and one-on-one instruction in core work skills, as well as career-specific skills (the curricula will be developed in collaboration with BAC and other partners). An average of 48 individuals with disabilities will be placed into competitive, independent employment per year for a total of 145 placements. These workers will also be provided with job retention and career advancement support. The BAC will play an integral part in developing business networks, assessing industry needs and trends, developing appropriate training modules, and identifying placement opportunities for successful graduates of the program. Opportunity Partners serves people with mild to severe physical and developmental disabilities including those with brain injury, autism, and other special needs. Targeted participants range from age 18-55. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2008-2010
Project Number H234S080087
Principal Investigator Nohava, Mary Jo
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults? (Lifespan)
Subcategory N/A
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 6LA. Develop at least two individualized community-based interventions that improve quality of life or health outcomes for the spectrum of adults with ASD by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $12,900,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Opportunity Partners, Inc.
State/Country Minnesota
Web Link 1 Opportunity Partners, Projects With Industry program (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects N/A