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Date: June 30, 2004 (04-62) 

Montgomery College Students with Disabilities Succeed in Summer Jobs Program with Federal Government
MC Tops Maryland Colleges, Third Overall Nationally in Student Job Placements 

            Montgomery College leads Maryland colleges and universities in the number of students with disabilities that have been placed in summer jobs through the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities, a joint program from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Defense.  Montgomery College ranks third overall among the more than 180 participating colleges and universities nationwide, trailing only National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

            The Workforce Recruitment Program enables college students with disabilities to find summer employment with the federal government agencies.  Since the end of March, more than a dozen Montgomery College students have been placed in summer positions within the federal government.   

“I think it is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door,” said Montgomery College student Theodore Booker, a summer employee of the Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration.  “It has provided an opportunity to network, use office equipment, and develop my people skills.”

Montgomery College’s Student Employment Services assisted students throughout the Workforce Recruitment Program’s application process.  Student Employment Services and Career Center staff, along with Disability Support Services counselors, collaborated on the review of student application packets.  In addition, workshops were held to teach students about the WRP, resume writing, and job interviews.  Montgomery College students said the workshops and resume assistance were “helpful.”          

Montgomery College student Shannon Scarboro, a summer employee at the Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, believes her experiences in the Workforce Recruitment Program will not only “enhance her resume,” but may also provide an opportunity to obtain future employment with the federal government.

“The Workforce Recruitment Program gives many students with disabilities the break they need to launch successful careers,” said U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.  “They acquire valuable work experience, gain confidence, and make important job connections.  The WRP also fulfills President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative pledge to promote summer employment opportunities throughout the nation for people with disabilities.”

The WRP, unveiled March 30, has already placed 341 college students with disabilities in summer and even some permanent positions within the federal government. The 2004 placement number is expected to increase because of a joint memorandum that Secretary Chao and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld issued on May 24 urging government selecting officials “to consider the candidates referred through this program for career development opportunities and permanent employment.”

For more information about Montgomery College’s participation in the Workforce Development Program, contact Wayne Barbour, director of Montgomery College Student Employment Services, at 301-601-6908.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.