HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 09-12-03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC’S "STEPPING STONES TO EMPLOYMENT" WINS THE DON QUIXOTE INNOVATIVE PROGRAM AWARD

The North Carolina Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (NCARF) has awarded Haywood Community College’s Compensatory Education staff and partners the Don Quixote Innovative Program Award for the "Stepping Stones to Employment project. The prestigious award will be presented at NCARF’s 2003 Annual Session on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport in Greensboro, NC.

The Stepping Stones to Employment project is in its third and final year at HCC. Stepping Stones provides participants with basic work skills, opportunities for job exploration and shadowing, and job-seeking/job-keeping skills through the Human Resources Development Department. The project’s primary purpose is to improve the transition from Compensatory Education work skills and HRD classes into supportive and competitive employment through job exploration and shadowing. Stepping Stones is a collaborative educational effort of Compensatory Education, Human Resources Development, Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Inc., Vocational Rehabilitation, Job Link and local employers to help the participants to obtain and maintain employment in the community.

For more information on the project, contact Connie Lister, HCC Compensatory Education Coordinator at 627-4644.

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