WHAT WE DO
Work Skills Corporation helps to empower and enrich the lives of people with disabilities through employment, education and art.
"To Optimize Potential"
The central vision of Work Skills Corporation remains fundamentally unchanged: to optimize a person’s potential by helping them overcome barriers to employment. From helping people polish their resumes to finding work and job-site accommodations for individuals with disabilities, Work Skills Corporation is dedicated to working with people to help them develop the skills they need to find full and lasting employment. Though WSC has branched out over the years into several other successful ventures (such as WSC Academy and Studio West), this principle of helping people better themselves remains at the core of our mission.
ONE DISCOVERY AT A TIME
All of the WSC ventures have a central focus of encouraging people to change their own situation in life by helping them overcome their barriers to self sufficiency. This approach has been proven to be the most impactful way to improve the quality of life for the people we serve.
Customer of the Year
The employer of the year award recognizes employers who go the extra mile to hire, retain and promote their employees with the resources and flexibility to succeed in their jobs. GKI Foods follows best practices in developing workplace culture and manager-employee relations. By tapping into its culture of continuous improvement and collaborating with Action Associates to prioritize employee retention and job satisfaction, they keep staff morale high and turnover low. Action Associates is proud to partner with a company that is so committed to investing in employees. Congratulations to all employees at GKI Foods who make GKI a great place to work!
Volunteer of the Year
Carrie Fontoura has been chosen as 2017 WSC Volunteer of the year. Carrie arrived at WSC as a volunteer with the WSC Artisan Corner and began to contribute her talents in an innovative, yet practical manner, at the perfect time. WSC was the fortunate recipient of $10,000 from the Livingston County chapter of 100 Women Who Care. The generous donation went into the purchase of equipment designed to sublimate. The sublimation machine; combined with Carrie volunteering; was an answer to an unmet need plaguing WSC Studio West. The unmet need was due to pieces produced by the artists being so beautifully made, that a retail problem and blessing simultaneously occurred. The problem and blessing being that often times the artists pieces were sold prior to being delivered to Studio West, WSC’s on premise art retail studio in which artists with and without disabilities sell their art. The additional benefit is the advancement of our goal of supporting artists to build a career in the arts.
Student of the Year
Sebastian Campbell has been with WSC Academy for the past 3 years and has transformed his life tremendously during that time. Sebastian consistently maintained exceptional performance on district and state assessments while working part-time at a restaurant in downtown Ypsilanti. In addition, Sebastian received a scholarship to the LSSU Leadership Camp, participated in the Work Skills Corp./Michigan Works internship program, and helped to start the after school Book Club. Sebastian will be attending Washtenaw Community College and then plans to transfer to Eastern Michigan University to pursue his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and Software Development.
Participant of the Year
Michael Ziolkowski was referred to Work Skills Corporation by Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) after he had recently relocated from California to be closer to family. Mike had been unemployed for six months when he began participating in a two-week Situational Assessment. He was then referred to participate in the WSC Placement Services Program. Upon starting this service, Michael’s desire was a flexible employer that would permit personal job training support to learn required job duties. Mike was supported during each step of his job search and the result was Mike being offered a position. One month after starting his job search, Mike was hired at Meijer as a utility worker; surpassing the industry standard for days to placement. Mike’s supervisor reported that he is a productive employee and is a wonderful addition to the Meijer team.
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