Mason Places High in Jobs Program for Students with Disabilities

Posted: July 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

This month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced George Mason University ranked in the top five nationally of the colleges and universities with the most college students participating in its summer Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). The program, which places college students with disabilities in summer employment, has already placed 331 college students with disabilities in summer positions and some permanent positions within the federal government. Deborah Wyne, director of Mason’s Disability Resource Center (DRC), and Win Stevens, DRC advisor, were instrumental in placing Mason students.

“Workforce Recruitment Program applicants are valuable to employers because they can undertake special projects postponed for lack of time or resources, assist permanent staff with key projects, share innovative technical skills, or assume responsibilities of staff on vacation or leave,” says Roy Grizzard, assistant secretary for the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Other colleges that ranked alongside Mason in number of students placed included the National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Montgomery College in Maryland, and Tidewater Community College in Virginia. Virginia ranked number one nationally for the most students placed in the program.

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