Lt. Gov. Hampton Delivers Commencement Address

Lt. Gov. Hampton Delivers Commencement AddressEmployment Solutions was honored to have Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton as commencement speaker at the July 22nd graduation ceremony of the College for Technical Education.

In her remarks, the lieutenant governor reminded students how, as in her own experience, life is likely to take you into unexpected directions.

She also strongly encouraged everyone to be lifelong learners. The enthusiastic audience of over 400 friends and family members cheered as 40 graduates walked across the stage at Imani Baptist Church in Lexington to accept their certificates.

Graduations are held by CTE on a semi-annual basis.

 

Sunnyside's New Home

Bluegrass Career Services - Top Job Placement ProducerIn October 2016 the Sunnyside program relocated from 90 Southport to its new home at 3600 Appian Way.

Sunnyside provides adult day services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who prefer a more serene setting from the more active atmosphere that characterizes our adult day services at Whipple Court.

The new Sunnyside facility is larger, allowing us to increase our capacity from 40 to 55 people, thereby eliminating a waiting list.

The new location is nestled within a residential neighborhood. This community setting further enables Sunnyside’s participants to engage with people without disabilities. This has a positive benefit for all involved, and allows Sunnyside to conform better to new federal mandates requiring that those who are served with Medicaid assistance have access to the larger community.

 

Bluegrass Career Services - Top Job Placement Producer

Bluegrass Career Services - Top Job Placement ProducerEmployment Solutions’ Bluegrass Career Services (BCS) is among over 50 other community rehabilitation programs that receives referrals from the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

For the past two consecutive reported years, BCS has topped all other OVR organizations in the attainment of successful job placements for people with disabilities.

The team of employment consultants at BCS work diligently to assess the desires and capabilities of its OVR referrals. Bluegrass Career Services consultants also use their extensive network of employers to find just the right match between individual jobs and workers.

In addition to OVR referrals, BCS also job places the students of the College for Technical Education. Using the same personalized techniques, BCS attained an overall job placement rate of 95% for the graduates of CTE.

During FY 2015-2016 BCS attained a combined total of 198 successful job placements, an all-time high.

 

Record Sales for Q-Box

Annual Q-Box sales are approaching $1 million.Thanks to our ongoing relationship with Veritiv Corporation, a national corrugated packaging manufacturer with production facilities throughout the United States, Q-Box enjoyed a banner year. During FY 2015-2016, Q-Box racked up sales of $762, 287. The $1 million mark may be in reach in FY 2016-2017.

 

Utilizing the federal special minimum wage, Q-Box employs people with significant intellectual and other developmental disabilities to produce corrugated boxes and packaging materials. They also perform simple assembly operations for local manufacturers and businesses. During FY 2015-2016 Q-Box paid over $140,000 in wages to people with severe disabilities, which served to supplement their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), while also saving tax dollars.

Residential Services Skyrocket

Residential Services SkyrocketArguably the most significant development for Employment Solutions during FY 2015-2016 was the launch of Family Home Provider (FHP) residential services by our Life Works division. Through the auspices of Kentucky’s Medicaid Supports for Community Living (SCL) program for people with intellectual disabilities, FHP’s program consist of independent contractors who are carefully matched with SCL participants who provide care within their own homes. One of the primary advantages of the FHP model is that it allows people with intellectual disabilities to be incorporated into the regular activities and rhythms of life of a typical household.

 

While the goal of this initial year of operation was to serve 10 people, by the conclusion of FY 2015-2016 Life Works was already providing FHP services to 22 SCL participants. So strong is the demand for FHP services, Life Works projects serving a minimum of 35 SCL participants by the conclusion of FY 2016.

Fresh Approach Upgrades Lead To Expanded Capacity

Fresh Approach upgrades lead to expanded capacity.During FY 2015-2016, Fresh Approach invested in several key improvements to its facility, including the expansion of client work.

We also made significant upgrades to the floors, walls and lighting of the refrigerated production room that contains a variety of power processing and packaging equipment.

Utilizing the federal special minimum wage, Fresh Approach employs people with significant intellectual and other developmental disabilities to clean, peel, dice and package fresh vegetable and fruit products, which are then sold to restaurants and food distributors.

During FY 2015-2016 Fresh Approach paid over $68,000 in wages to people with severe disabilities, and these wages served to supplement their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), while also saving tax dollars.

The expanded capabilities will enable Fresh Approach to hire more people with disabilities and pay them more wages.

 

Making Community A Reality

Making Community A RealityCommunity Works, one of Employment Solutions’ newest divisions, has enjoyed tremendous growth during the past year.

Operating under the auspices of Medicaid waiver programs, Community Works provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities one-on-one assistance with a variety of functions that allow people to live as independently as possible.

We provide assistance in transportation, medications management, relationship building, accessing community activities and various other self-help skills.

During FY 2015-2016, Community Works participants received a combined 96,228 hours of service from Community Works.

 

Winchester Is The Greatest

Winchester is the greatest.

Since 2012, when we opened our CTE Cosmetology School at 2135 Bypass Road in Winchester, the College for Technical Education has found a community that feels like home.

Local citizens and elected officials have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome, and the students from the Winchester area are hard workers who have gone on to successful careers in the salon industry.

As a means of thanking Winchester for its hospitality, the CTE Cosmetology School has returned the favor in the following ways during this past year:

Hosted the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce after-hours event on July 20, 2016, which was attended by over 50 local businesspeople and officials.

Provided haircuts and other salon services, free of charge, to 178 children during our back-to-school event Aug. 9-10, 2016.

Participated as a sponsor of the 2016 Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival over Labor Day weekend.

Participated the 2016 Beer Cheese Festival on June 11, 2016. Here’s to continuing our long and fruitful relationship with the community of Winchester.

Here’s to continuing our long and fruitful relationship with the community of Winchester.