Dutch Fork High School students were treated to a first class experience with a recent trip to the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs during an Arc@Work exploration trip. Students in self-contained classes met and interviewed with state government employees who helped them gain a better understanding for their future independence. The mock interviews and tours allowed the students to understand what kind jobs may benefit them and how to prepare now for life after high school.

The Arc@Work is a program through The Arc of the Midlands connecting people with lifelong disabilities to job opportunities within the state and federal government job sector. We are leading the way in developing innovative workforce solutions in the government and private sectors for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Midlands are program is sponsored by SC Developmental Disabilities Council. In addition to creating a pipeline for young people and adults with I/DD, employer training is provided for continued satisfaction with the partners through the utilization of TalentScout guide and toolkit.

Thus far, The Arc@Work is working with the following agencies and school districts: Lexington-Richland District 5, York County, Richland 2 District, US Post Office, SC DMV, SC Department of Mental Health, SC Veterans Affairs, Fort Jackson and SC DDSN. For more information about Arc@Work in South Carolina, contact Mike Bell.