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
We are delighted to recognize Deb Oberpeul as our 2020 Volunteer of the year! For the past seven years, Deb has been a passionate ambassador for Work Skills, inviting guests to join her at events and for tours of WSC sites and by sharing our story whenever she has the opportunity. Her efforts have resulted in many new relationships-connecting people to WSC resources, inspiring friends to volunteer and bringing new donors to the organization. Deb is a charter member of the Women of Work Skills (WoW) and always shows up early to see how she can help. Deb gives of her time as a member of the Work Skills Foundation Board and the Golf Palooza committee, her talents with her great ideas, attention to detail and beautiful smile, and her treasures through her ongoing generosity. She also supports our artisans by shopping at Studio West when she needs a gift….for herself or a friend. We are grateful to have Deb as part of the WSC family and thrilled to honor her with this award. Congratulations, Deb!
Customer of the Year
WSC is proud to recognize Trijicon as the 2020 Employer of the Year! Trijicon, a company that creates innovative aiming systems for shooting and hunting enthusiasts around the world, has partnered with Action Associates for over ten years. During that time, Action has placed over 550 employees at Trijicon. Action is grateful for the strong relationship with the Trijicon team and their dedication to developing talent, cultivating an inclusive culture and to employee well-being and safety. Although 2020 has presented unique challenges, Trijicon immediately implemented enhanced safety protocols to protect employees and has gone above and beyond to continue to attract employees and ensure high employee satisfaction and retention. Action Associates is honored to partner with a company that is committed to investing in their employees resulting in high staff satisfaction levels and a well-motivated, ambitious and integrated workforce. Congratulations to Trijicon on a well-deserved award!
Participant of the Year
Maya Curran was referred to our Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). This summer program allowed Maya to enhance her job skills. Once she graduated, Maya worked at WSC and enhanced her assembly skills and worker traits. Maya recognized that this work opportunity would serve as a conduit to competitive community employment and provide greater independence. With the assistance of the Employment Services team, Maya updated her resume, conducted a focused job search, and practiced her interviewing skills. Maya’s confidence and skill level increased as a result of the training and work experience she received at WSC. Maya progressed through the job screening process, had an interview and was hired! She was working full-time when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in March. Maya returned to her position in May, once the Governor’s Executive Order was lifted. In October, her employer began to train her in other areas due to her excellent job performance! Maya remains in contact with her WSC team and we are proud of her success. Congratulations, Maya!
Student of the Year
WSC Academy’s Student of the Year for the 2019-20 School Year is A’Laryn Banks! A’Laryn faced educational and family obstacles on her path to graduation, but she always persevered through them. She came to WSC Academy behind in her credits and worked hard to make sure she graduated on time. In English class, A’Laryn was always the first one to participate in a class discussion, lead a group project, or focus while working independently. A role model for other students, she was also an active member of our after-school Book Club. This year, we read Dr. Mona Hanna-Attiha’s What the Eyes Don’t See, and prepared for an opportunity to meet the author. A’Laryn shared in class that reading the book had inspired her to go to college and change her community. As a result, she was chosen to be one of the students to introduce WSC Academy from the stage at the Michigan Humanities Book Talk with Dr. Mona. Although nervous, she was poised, practiced, and professional; we were so proud of her! A’Laryn also discussed with Dr. Mona how much the book meant to her.