“Pace University Opens Their Door and Hearts to
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Vocational Service Program”
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Vocational Service program provides employment training for disabled adults 18 and older from Westchester and Fairfield Counties who are capable to have an opportunity at independent employment in the community. Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Vocational Service team draws on individualized assessments to identify a person's interests, skills and work potential in a given area. In the fall of 2007 through the efforts of CP/W's Victoria Oppenheimer; Vocational Evaluator and Pace University’s Sister Susan Merritt., RDC, former Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science a partnership was formed. With support from Professor Nancy Hale and a great deal of work by Assistant Professor Jean Coppola, PhD., students began a program where they were partnered with trainees from CP/W’s Vocational Service program to help them learn a number of practical technology skills needed to be employed in the community.
Again this year Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (CP/W) and Pace have partnered but in a very different way. Eight of CP/W’s program trainees will be attending Pace University to complete a 5 week long program for a certificate in computer studies. Each trainee in this program will not only have the opportunity to learn more about practical technology but experience being on a college campus and a class setting. The course will be headed by Assistant Professor Jean Coppola, PhD., who’s student’s were so excited to participate in this one of a kind program that they all gave up their free time to come in and assist with teaching these very excited program trainees. The course will focus on technology which is such an integral component in today’s job market. The skills learned at Pace will enable the trainees to become more desirable candidates to prospective employers and in the community.
Frank Asprea went through the CP/W Vocational Services program and has been gainfully employed with Target for the last 5 years as a Human Resource Assistant. Through his training in the program he had attained the skills and confidence needed to get through his interview and nab the position. Asprea just hopes to be an inspiration to other disabled individuals. “It is hard enough to get a job as a quote on quote “normal” person… imagine what it is like to be disabled.” He feels privileged that even in an economy that is struggling as bad as ours that he is gainfully employed.
About Cerebral Palsy of Westchester: Our Organization’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities. We are a non-profit organization that provides essential educational services, vocational training, recreation, rehabilitation and advocacy to thousands of children and adults in Westchester County and Fairfield County. We are an organization proud to say that we Realize Tomorrow’s Potential…Today! For more information about Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, visit our web site at www.cpwestchester.org.
For more information please contact:
Development and Public Relations Coordinator
914-937-3800 ext. 353