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Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) Receives $4.7 Million Grant to Help Students and Youth

GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) is a partnership with Georgia Department of Education, Poses Family Foundation, Georgia State University Center for Leadership in Disability, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, Parent to Parent of Georgia and Georgia Workforce Development. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.

“Georgia Pathways to Work will transform the way that GVRA is engaging students and youth with disabilities in transitioning to careers that provide livable wages,” said Director of Transition Services Dale Arnold, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. 

Georgia was one of four states awarded this funding by USDOE.  The expected outcomes of the program will be to increase the high school completion rate for students with disabilities, assist students and youth with disabilities to obtain competitive employment in integrated settings and assist employers to find qualified job applicants.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Georgia to create new ways to assist young people with disabilities to develop specific skills through pathways that will provide them opportunities to obtain meaningful careers in our state,” said Greg Schmieg, GVRA Executive Director. 

For more information on employment opportunities within Georgia for those with disabilities, visit www.gvra.ga.gov.

About the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)

GVRA operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, Cave Spring Center and the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments: the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.

To learn more about GVRA and its efforts to maximize employment opportunities and independence for Georgians with disabilities, visit www.gvra.georgia.gov.

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