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College receives Outstanding Employer Award from disability group

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North Central has been recognized with an Outstanding Employer Award by Parents Alliance Employment Project (PAEP) for hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities. The 2010 award honors the College’s efforts with Adam Swanson who has worked part time since fall 2009 as an office assistant in the Office of Community Development.

Swanson, age 23, works several hours each week and is supervised by Ken Hannah, senior program director in conference services.

“Adam is a great help to us and works well in an office setting,” says Hannah. “He performs various tasks, like stuffing inserts to our fine arts programs and letters to our alumni in envelopes, shredding papers and maintaining coat check numbers at our box office. He’s also very popular on campus. In fact, he recently helped us with a big event on campus and more people stopped and asked for him than they did me, and I was in charge of the event.”

North Central was honored at PAEP’s third annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast Oct. 13. Based in Lisle, Ill., PAEP is an organization devoted to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services. It partners with employers and human resource professionals in DuPage County that are interested in learning how to include people with developmental disabilities in their workforce. North Central has worked with PAEP and hired clients in addition to Swanson. This year’s award recognizes the College’s exceptional support in working with Swanson, who has Down syndrome.

In presenting the award to North Central College, PAEP case worker and employment specialist Ami Chambers said, “Adam is very independent on the job. His supervisor Ken has done an outstanding job and taken Adam under his wing and taught him how to work in an office and be very professional.”