After successfully working at Vocational Solutions as a program participant in the Vocational Rehabilitation program, Jimmy Corn has been hired at the Dollar General store in Dana.
Jimmy is proud of his job fronting merchandise to make the shelves look neat and full. Julie Chrisman, Jimmy’s Employment Specialist at Vocational Solutions, had located the job and worked with the store manager to create a “job carve position”, meaning that Jimmy is hired as a regular employee, but a special job is “carved out” that is compatible with Jimmy’s skills. Besides making the initial contact for the job, Julie also helped Jimmy with the online application, assisted with the online assessment, and acted as a liaison between employer and staff and Jimmy and his family. Since Jimmy has completed his goals with Vocational Rehabilitation, he has transitioned to working with a Supported Employment Innovations 1:1 worker from Families First and Julie no longer needs to work with him. Since Jimmy is legally deaf, he communicates only in sign language. Working with him could be a challenge, but his Supported Employment worker, Cliff Etheridge, who knows the basics of sign language, says that he and Jimmy communicate very well with Cliff modeling specific tasks for Jimmy. The manager and the staff at the Dollar General have been very supportive. We at Vocational Solutions are very proud of Jimmy and very grateful to Dollar General for giving Jimmy this opportunity!
NOTE: Any employer who hires someone who has gone through the Vocational Rehabilitation program is eligible for a tax credit called a WOTC. For more information, contact Julie Chrisman, Vocational Solutions Employment Specialist at 828-692-9626, ext. 344.