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.
Volunteer of the Year
It was easy to select Heather Spitler as our 2018 Volunteer of the Year. She came for a tour of WSC in 2016 and has given time, talents and creative energies ever since! Heather joined our philanthropic women’s group, WoW, in February of that year, was elected to the Work Skills Foundation board in January 2017 and the WSC board in September 2017. She remains actively involved in all of these endeavors. WSC has the equipment needed to reproduce Artisan Corner paintings on mugs, apparel and other items through sublimation; what we lacked was someone to do it. When Heather heard this, she did some research and taught herself the entire process. Heather has spent countless hours doing sublimation for us. As a result, WSC artisans are earning income and the shelves at our Studio West Gallery are full of an array of items with unique Artisan Corner designs. Thank you, Heather!
Customer of the Year
WSC is proud to recognize Unistrut as the 2018 Employer of the Year. Unistrut is a company that produces complete and flexible support systems for buildings. Unistrut’s Leadership sought out Work Skills Corporation as a potential supplier to assist in meeting their orders. Unistrut exhibited a workplace culture that was continuously and comprehensively supportive of WSC’s diverse and inclusive workforce. Specifically their Management Team lent their support regarding set up and packaging to make the startup as seamless as possible. The work that Unistrut provides produces wages for WSC employees, builds their resumes and allows us to assess worker traits and skills. Unistrut also partners with WSC Action Associates to provide staffing onsite at their Wayne location. Congratulations to Unistrut on their well deserved award!
Participant of the Year
Ryan Parker was referred by his Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) Counselor Toni Jordan to participate in Work Skills Corporation’s Placement Services Program. He had recently graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing and wanted assistance in obtaining employment in his field. He is a determined young man with high aspirations and a strong motivation to succeed. Ryan demonstrated skills and knowledge of conducting a job search and interviewing effectively by gaining employment at an employer of his choosing. Ryan was hired as an Event Specialist at Advantage Solutions, where he is assigned to work at the Howell Walmart store, conducting customer surveys, providing samples of products and distributing coupons. His employer reports that Ryan is “an outstanding member of [their] team”. WSC would like to congratulate Ryan on his successful job search. Kudos to a job well done Ryan!
Student of the Year
Jaila Thomas is one of the 22 graduates of 2018 at WSC Academy. Jaila has overcome numerous obstacles and is proud to say that she is the only high school graduate in her immediate family. Jaila arrived at WSC Academy in May 2015. Jaila and her mother just moved from Detroit to Ypsilanti and she found WSC Academy and decided to give it a try. But, the road to graduation was not easy. She had to endure much adversity to complete high school which included homelessness, depression, dealing with family members and their addictions along with not having the proper support needed at home to graduate. Jaila often recalls negative comments pertaining to her not ever graduating due to family history, but she used that as motivation to continue to persevere and pursue her high school diploma. In addition to completing her diploma, she also completed a Phlebotomy certification program while attending WSC Academy.
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