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From Rwandan Genocide to Yale: Clemantine Wamariya's Remarkable Journey Oct. 23 - Presented by The Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia.

Need to Know

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Be In the Know: Online Requisitions and Approvals Coming Soon

MC in the News

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Award-winning Music Professor Dawn Avery Featured on Woman Around Town Website; "50 Shades of Red" Show This Saturday

Campus Sports News

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Basketball "Midnight" Madness is This Thursday at 7 p.m. - Join Your Colleagues in the Rockville Gym as We Tip off the Season!

HRSTM

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Montgomery College Hosts Annual Transitioning Youth Resource Fair, Oct. 18 in Falcon Hall

MC Events

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Estimates of the Age of the Universe Through Time: Planetarium Program This Saturday

Arts at MC

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Global Music Award Professor Dawn Avery Performing this Saturday on Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Community Engagement

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Montgomery College to Participate in the "World of Montgomery Festival" Sunday in Wheaton

It's Academic

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Start an MC Blackboard Organization

Professional Development

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LAST CALL: Apply for Crucial Conversations on Oct. 27-28

Other

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Nursing Students 'Kid Around' at the YMCA Fall Festival

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Staff Council Newsletter

Employee Extras

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"Hersheypark in the Dark" 2014 Discounted Online Tickets

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Fall is in the Air at MC Books & More - Check Out the Special Offer!

Montgomery College Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Category: HRSTM

Published: Oct 15 2014 12:00AM

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since."

For more information, visit: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/index-2014.htm

Even in 2014--with advances in adaptive technologies, national commitment to military veterans, regulations regarding family/life changes and the availability of workplace training--unemployment among people with disabilities remain too high. Montgomery College and Montgomery County are partnering with Project SEARCH to transform disappointing statistics into opportunities for innovation, inclusion, and increased workplace productivity.

Project SEARCH is a one-year transition program designed for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are either in their last year of high school or are recent graduates. The Project SEARCH program model was developed at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center <http://www.projectsearch.us/> in 1996 and has been duplicated more than 200 times nationwide and in five countries. Through this program, individuals develop the tools necessary for employment, and skills needed for self-determination, management and self-advocacy.

Institutional role models for the College and County government have been developed at the National Institute of Health (NIH) which has expanded Project Search to at least five institutes and centers. Multi-year research finds the program participants (interns) make fine employees, appreciated and respected by work colleagues.

This year Montgomery College is piloting the program in WD&CE. Our first Project Search intern, Mr. Steven Seo, works as a clerical program assistant on the Germantown Campus entering and compiling data, completing certificates, and coordinating instructor packets.

For more information, visit: http://www.seeconline.org/project-search-montgomery or contact Karla Nabors 240-567-1660 karla.nabors@montgomerycollege.edu.

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