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Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce — Today

Winter may be in full swing, but on college campuses across the country, thoughts are already turning to the warmer months ahead. And for many ambitious students and soon-to-be graduates, it's not vacation that's on their minds — it's vocation. And for employers, that's good news.

In addition to offering young people an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, internships and other short-term employment arrangements offer employers an easy and effective way to evaluate potential employees, especially young people who are new to the workforce.

Now, assistance is available for employers interested in recruiting highly motivated interns. The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) offers public and private employers of all sizes access to a database of more than 2,200 pre-screened, qualified college students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking summer internships or ongoing employment.

Use of the WRP is free for employers, and program participants represent more than 270 colleges nationwide. They are selected for the program by professional recruiters following an extensive application and interview process. To learn more, visit the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion's (EARN) WRP webpage or call 1-855-275-3276 (Voice/TTY).

On January 26, EARN will hold a webinar for employers interested in learning more about the WRP and how it can benefit their businesses. To learn more, including how to register, visit the EARN website.

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