INTERNS IN ACTION — Members of the Work Internship Network (WiN) pose for a photo after completing the program at a ceremony on June 4. From left: Dr. Robert Myers, Kelberman Center executive director; Dr. John H. Johnsen, Utica College provost and senior vice president of academic affairs; Vincent Piccola, WiN intern; Crystal Hilts, Kelberman Center director of transition and vocational services; Anthony Sbarra, WiN intern; Emira Hrustanovic, WiN intern; Timothy Hamlin, WiN intern; Harrison Kelberman, WiN intern; Dr. Laura Casamento, Utica College president; and Jason Holland, WiN intern. (Photo courtesy the Kelberman Center)
Utica College, Kelberman Center team up for WiN
The Kelberman Center and Utica College celebrated the conclusion of the first Work Internship Network (WiN) program on June 4. The WiN program is a 40-week internship rotation opportunity for individuals with autism or related developmental disabilities which allows participants to develop work-readiness skills with support in a real-world environment.
“It’s clear to everyone involved with the program that each of this year’s WiN interns have demonstrated huge gains in personal growth and development,” said Dr. Robert Myers, Executive Director of the Kelberman Center. “This partnership with Utica College is a shining example of the power of community collaboration to benefit all.”
The WiN program interns are immersed in rotating work experiences at various departments across the Utica College campus, including the Office of Admissions, Office of Advancement, Office of Student Financial Services, Sodexo Dining Services, the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library, and Pioneer Radio WPNR 90.7.
Participants also receive on-going classroom instruction and career exploration support throughout the program. Additionally, each intern is paired with a Utica College student mentor for weekly lunch get-togethers which add an engaging social aspect to the experience.
“The thing that helped me most at the WiN program at Utica College was all of the people who motivated me,” said WiN intern Timothy Hamlin. “I’m excited about my future abilities to be able to work with others.”
Enrollment is open now for the next WiN session which starts in September. For more information, contact Crystal Hilts at 315-797-6241 extension 330 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 42 undergraduate majors, 36 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs. For more information visitwww.utica.edu.
The Kelberman Center, an affiliate of Upstate Caring Partners, provides services and support for people affected by autism spectrum disorder throughout the lifespan, from diagnoses and preschool to adult living. The Center delivers supports and services through six core program areas, including Community Based Services, Education, Supporting Families, Clinic & Counseling, Social Groups & Recreation, and Long Term Support & Residential Options. For more information visit www.KelbermanCenter.org and to view the current calendar of events visit www.KelbermanCenter.org/events
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