Pre-Vocational Industrial Services

Individuals who work in our Pre-Vocational Industrial Services Workshop learn transferable work skills and soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace, all within the context of achieving individual goals. Skills developed include compliance to workplace regulations and rules, interpersonal workplace relationships, problem-solving, punctuality, and task completion. Individuals enrolled in Pre-Vocational Industrial Services are paid for work completed for local businesses and industries. Arc of Wabash County also operates Shark Shredding, a document shredding business, and a cardboard recycling service. All individuals in the Pre-Vocational Industrial Services receive guidance, mentoring, and supervision from qualified and trained job coaches. Many individuals in our Pre Vocational Industrial Services use the skills they learn to enter our Community Employment program to obtain competitive employment.

PRE-ETS PAID WORK EXPERIENCES – SUMMER 2020 (ARTICLE #2)

This summer the Pre-Employment Transition Services program at The Arc Wabash County is providing PAID WORK EXPERIENCES for 5 students through a grant received from AWS Foundation. One of those students is Maddy Ball, who attends Huntington University in the ABLE (Achieving Balance in Life through Education) disability program; through Pre-ETS, she was given an assignment at Modoc’s Market in downtown Wabash for 8 weeks of 2 hours of work-based learning.  As seen in the picture, Maddy is enjoying this valuable work experience and growing in her work skills, along with teamwork, perseverance, self-confidence and communication skills. According to Maddy, she enjoys folding towels, watering plants and cleaning the tables. Also, Maddy shared that she likes working at the coffee shop because her favorite thing is talking with Kelly, the manager. Maddy’s weekly job responsibilities include folding towels for the baristas, washing tables and chairs inside and outside, watering all the flowers and plants as seen in the picture, and sweeping the apartment entrance, along with assistance by the Pre-ETS Coordinator. Lastly, because Modoc’s Market is so willing to assist students with disabilities, The Arc Wabash County would like to give a big “shout out” of THANKS to them for their disability-friendly atmosphere and teamwork. [And to Maddy, keep up the good work! We’re so proud of you!!!

Lisa K. Patton, Pre-ETS
Community Transition Supervisor
The Arc Wabash County

PRE-ETS PAID WORK EXPERIENCE – SUMMER 2020

This summer the Pre-Employment Transition Services program at The Arc Wabash County is providing PAID WORK EXPERIENCES for 5 students through a grant received from AWS Foundation. One of those students is Zack Randolph, who attends Wabash High School; he was given an assignment at the Lighthouse Mission Thrift Store for 8 weeks of 2 hours of work-based learning.  As seen in the picture, Zack is enjoying this valuable work experience and growing in his communication, teamwork, flexibility and work skills at the Lighthouse Mission. According to Zack, he is enjoying getting to know the manager, Jenny, as well as, Kim, McKinsey, Karen and the other employees; and he hopes to work there in the future doing bags and newspapers. Also, he believes this experience will help him in the future to stay more focused and to learn new things. Plus, he shared that he really likes working at the thrift store and enjoys his job.  His job responsibilities include flattening the plastic bags and newspapers for the cashiers, sweeping floors, taking out the trash and picking up trash outside the facility, hanging up clothes, washing dishes and other items, and helping to keep the store tidy by picking up any trash, clothes or other items off the floor.  His favorite job is doing the bags, as seen in the picture.  Lastly, because the Lighthouse Mission Thrift Store is so willing to assist students with disabilities, The Arc Wabash County would like to give a big “shout out” of thanks to them for their disability-friendly atmosphere and teamwork. [And to Zack, keep up the good work! We’re so proud of you!!

PRE-ETS PAID WORK EXPERIENCES – SUMMER 2020

This summer the Pre-Employment Transition Services program at The Arc Wabash County is providing PAID WORK EXPERIENCES for 5 students through a grant received from AWS Foundation. One of those students is Samantha Metzger, who graduated from Manchester Jr./Sr. High this summer; through Pre-ETS, she was given an assignment at
the Animal Shelter in Wabash for 8 weeks of 2 hours of work-based learning.  Samantha is enjoying this valuable work experience and growing in her work skills, along with teamwork, time-management and communication skills. According to Samantha, she enjoys working at the shelter because of the animals and it’s a great opportunity to see what animal shelters are like. Her favorite things to do are walking the dogs and playing with them, as well as playing with the cats, as seen in the picture. Also, Samantha shared that for a future job, she would like to have her own business of walking and caring for dogs. Samantha’s weekly job responsibilities at the shelter include vacuuming, sweeping and mopping; then, socializing with the cats and the dogs. Lastly, because The Animal Shelter is so willing to assist students with disabilities, The Arc Wabash County would like to give a big “shout out” of THANKS to them for their disability-friendly atmosphere and teamwork. [And to Samantha, keep up the good work! We’re so proud of you!!!