Belco Works opens FUTURES program

Belco Works, the vocational training facility located in St. Clairsville, is celebrating the opening of a new program to serve adults with developmental disabilities. The FUTURES program will have a strong emphasis on obtaining and maintaining employment in the community, thereby increasing the retention for employers that may otherwise experience turnover. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 12, in conjunction with the St. Clairsville Chamber, local businesses and representatives to mark the opening of the program that focuses on the future of individuals served by Belco Works and important lessons for life and work.

The FUTURES program will offer sessions in self esteem building, work place etiquette and dressing for success among other topics. "In today's economy, the business community needs to hire and retain productive and loyal employees and we are able to provide them with that through the added assistance of this program," says Peg Gast Stipetich, Director of Employment Services. Managers and owners of local businesses will provide input and additional training by conducting mock interviews, job shadowing, and hands on training to the participants of the program. The program will be conducted by staff members Emmy Helms and Todd Vinka with the additional advisement and consultation of local businesses. "We are very proud of this program and excited about the possibilities that it offers to our individuals serves at Belco Works." says Emmy Helms, FUTURES program staff.

The FUTURES program will accept four to five people per course to offer comprehensive and individualized service to those enrolled. Chris Ramsey, program participant says, "I'm very excited and I like the program."

Belco Works, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization offering vocational service to adults with developmental disabilities, located at 340 Fox Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH. For more information on the FUTURES program contact Stipetich at (740) 695-0500 ext. 152.