WHAT WE DO
Work Skills Corporation helps to empower and enrich the lives of people with disabilities through employment, education and art.
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.
Volunteer of the Year
Kimberle Bowman is this year’s winner, and she certainly deserves this distinction! Kimberle’s mother-in-law saw our painting of a cow at Guernsey Farms Dairy in Northville and traced it back to Artisan Corner. The two of them came for a WSC tour and the rest, as they say, is history. Kimberle has a HUGE heart and has been a tireless ambassador for all things Work Skills for the past two years.
Kimberle serves on the Work Skills Foundation Board and the Golf Palooza committee. She is a member of the Women of Work Skills (WoW) and hosted the group’s fall meeting at her home. In addition to time spent in these volunteer roles, it is not unusual to find Kimberle helping before, during and after events at Studio West Gallery. She was also instrumental in finding a work site for students in our School to Work Program in Walled Lake. Kimberle’s enthusiasm is contagious and we are delighted to have
such a dedicated volunteer!
Customer of the Year
Samsung SDI is the 2019 Employer of the Year. Samsung SDI is a manufacturer of rechargeable batteries for the IT industry, automobiles, and energy storage systems (ESS), as well as cutting-edge materials used to produce semiconductors, displays, and solar panels. Samsung’s Human Resource team partnered with WSC’s Action Associates staffing division to source for Production Associates and Material Handlers. Samsung SDI 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 promotes talent, independent thinking and initiative and is so committed to investing in employees. Congratulations to Samsung SDI on their well-deserved award!
Participant of the Year
Kathy Gray worked with WSC in 2013 and was successfully placed in a position she retained until January 2019. After years in the janitorial service, Kathy said that she wanted to explore other opportunities. Kathy was extremely dedicated to her pursuit of securing employment; she followed every lead, attended meetings and updated her employment coordinator promptly. She even created handmade thank you cards to send after her interviews. Through her hard work and dedication, she obtained a position as a dishwasher at Brecon Village within 60 days of her initial start of services appointment. Kathy consistently says how much she enjoys her new job and the supportive environment. Her supervisor stated that “Kathy is an exemplary employee. She exceeds expectations with her service and we are truly delighted to have her working with us.” WSC is happy to have been part of Kathy’s vocational journey and wishes
her the best!
Student of the Year
WSC Academy’s Student of the Year is Caleb Bishop! Caleb attended WSC Academy for his entire four year high school career. The WSC Academy staff was impressed by the personal and academic growth we saw in Caleb from his freshmen to his senior year. Like many young teens, he had a rough transition from middle to high school, but he accepted support from the staff, his family, and took personal responsibility and grew into a mature and studious young man. Caleb attended Leadership Camp, was Student Council President, and an active participant in many after-school clubs. Additionally, Caleb ensured every student felt wanted and befriended at WSC Academy and made sure no student ate lunch alone. In class, Caleb demonstrated a deep curiosity for our world and would ask critical questions challenging his peers and teachers! Caleb is now attending Lake Superior State University.