HERKIMER — Career Connections, the employment division of the Herkimer ARC, honored American Food & Vending Co. and their employee, William Jaquish, with a New York State Office for People with a Developmental Disabilities “Works for Me” award to recognize a business that hires people with disabilities and to honor the contributions of a valued employee.
“It is with great pleasure that we present this award to recognize a community employer and employee, whose relationship serves as a wonderful example that a diversified workforce is important. American Food & Vending is a company that exemplifies an outstanding commitment to assisting individuals with obtaining and maintaining employment. They also assist our efforts to ensure full community integration for everyone. The management and staff of American Food & Vending at Herkimer County Community College have been exceptional with which to work,” said Herkimer ARC President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crosley in a news release.
Vice President of Day and Community Supports Susan Streeter said the food service team has been flexible and dedicated to assisting Jaquish to succeed in his goal to maintain meaningful community employment.
“Staff members have also been outstanding role models,” she said. “Perhaps the most important outcome of this relationship is that William has become an excellent employee, working at the company nearly five years. He is a hard worker and has gained a great working relationship with his coworkers and supervisors. Most importantly, he is very happy with his position and the money he earns to improve his community independence.”
Career Connection works with individuals to find employment. Other skills and development include job training, vocational plans, preparing resumes and applications, enhancing computer skills, providing work and group counseling and maintaining job support for individuals who feel they need assistance to keep their jobs. Career Connections pre-screens individuals seeking employment to match their skills to the needs of local employers.
For more information regarding the benefits of utilizing services, contact Career Connections at 574-7883. Individuals are also welcome to walk-in at the 129 E. Albany St. offices in Herkimer.