Monday, August 06, 2007

Opportunity Village Hosts Graduation for Students With Disabilities

LAS VEGAS — Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based
not-for-profit, hosted a graduation ceremony on Aug. 3 for
students in the Job Discovery Program (JDP).

JDP is a collaborative effort between Opportunity
Village and the Clark County School District. It is designed for
students with intellectual disabilities receiving transition services
though the district and provides prevocational and job-readiness
training for young people who have aspirations to someday move into the
competitive employment environment. With extensive hands-on training and
real-life work experience, students are able to make focused, informed
decisions when it comes time to search for their first jobs.

JDP offers five areas of vocational specialties that include food service training, retail, janitorial, child care and animal care. Over the course of one year, students have the opportunity to learn and work in five different worksites for nine weeks per site.

Opportunity Village serves people in the community with intellectual disabilities to enhance their daily lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village continues to be one of the best examples of a not-for-profit organization that impacts many lives in Las Vegas. The JDP program helps prepare those with intellectual disabilities to be productive citizens by offering them invaluable job training.

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