IDHS to Host Employer Panel Discussion

Local Employers to Provide Employment Tips to Area High School Students

The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and the Knox-Warren Transition Planning Committee (TPC) will host an Employer Panel Discussion on Thursday, February 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Monmouth Roseville High School, located at 325 W. 1st Ave., Monmouth.

Local employers will provide information about their business, available positions and what type of training and qualifications are necessary for employment. Employers will be available to answer questions from students seeking employment.

Panel speakers will include representatives from the following area employers:

  • Carl Sandburg Welding Program, Craig Johnson
  • Cerar's Barnstormer & Petey's Grill, Kevin Cerar
  • County Market, Jackie Spence & Rob Ravel
  • Farmland, Michelle Reyburn & Jenny Jacobs
  • Head Start, Mary Reed
  • Monmouth Small Animal Hospital, Dr. Barb Buschmann & Bridgette O'Malley
  • Shopko, Jane Gillam

DRS' Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is operated from 44 offices across the state of Illinois and employs approximately 230 VR counselors, who assist persons with disabilities in becoming employed. Staff provides vocational guidance and counseling, assist customers in developing an individualized plan for employment, and arrange for provision of training, restorative services and job placement to help customers achieve their employment goals.

A Transition Planning Committee (TPC) is a consortium of local members of schools, agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, parents of children with disabilities and people with disabilities who collaborate to improve the transition life-cycle from high school to a successful adult life. TPCs are powerful tools for improving the local capacity for delivering effective services for students with disabilities in local communities.

For more information about the Employer Panel Discussion, please call (309) 343-2193.