What gets you excited? The culinary world? Information technology? Hospitality? Admin support?
You might be just the person My Possibilities (MP) seeks, even if you don’t have a teaching background. The organization is hiring experienced pros in these industry sectors as instructors in its newly opened Employment Innovative School, powered by Bread Financial.
MP provides continuing education and job placement opportunities to North Texans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), more commonly referred to as HIPsters (Hugely Important People) and opens doors to their successful futures. The award-winning Employment Innovations School, powered by Bread Financial, represents a groundbreaking educational initiative that has recently earned MP the prestigious 2023 Innovator Award from the Plano Chamber of Commerce. This visionary program introduces a multifaceted approach to vocational training, consisting of three distinct levels: pre-vocational, general vocation, and track-specific. With a commitment to inclusivity, the school offers six comprehensive tracks, including Culinary Arts, Administration, Hospitality, Technology, Facilities, and Retail. Designed to cater to the unique needs of the community, this initiative will significantly impact the lives of over 300 HIPsters, equipping them with essential skills and paving the way for a brighter future.
My Possibilities’ Mandy Noerper, director of vocational services, and Shelley Crowder, chief program officer, say ideal teaching candidates should have two to three years of industry exposure so they can train beginners in any of these industries.
“We are looking for professionals wanting to move out of their current day-to-day positions but not totally leave their chosen industry, those wanting to pivot career-wise and also give back to our community,” Crowder says.
“At My Possibilities, they would continue doing what they do best, but in a different way, one that is inclusive of those with disabilities.”
Noerper says My Possibilities is looking to fill the culinary instructor position immediately and by early next year, they need to fill openings for technology, hospitality, and administrative support (office jobs).
“These new positions are full-time, salaried with benefits and an assisting support staff — all the positives! Industry experience, understanding, patience, and a passion for people with disabilities will guide HIPsters and lead to inclusion in the employment workplace.”
Requirements: Educational degrees and credentials are certainly plusses, but what’s more important is that prospective employees have hands-on experience in one of these given fields.
My Possibilities currently says 8% of adults with IDD are employed in the community, and its goal is to increase that number.
For more details, call 469-241-9100
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