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JAG Entrepreneurs Take First Place in State Contest

On Friday March 18, the first place winners from January's Regional Career Development Conference went to Indianapolis for the State Competition.

Region 7 was well represented and the students did a fantastic job.

The Entreprenuership Team of Dawson Jenkins & Rashawn Nicoson from Terre Haute North High School captured First Place.


In the Outstanding Senior competition, Terre Haute North Senior Evelynn Duncan finished in Third Place.


Eveylnn's Interview:


Congratulations to all of the competitors who did a great job representing Region 7!

Region 7:  Left to Right: Neelie Henderson (THN), Taylor Phillippe (THN), Evelynn Duncan (THN), Dominic Estey (SHS), Rashawn Nicoson (THN), Abbagail Miller (SHS), Dawson Jenkins (THN), Tayler Bell (TR), Carly Stuck (THS), Olivia Bevis (THN), Parker Timberman and Herb (NV)



State Press Release: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDWD/bulletins/18d9f96

Complete list of Winners: http://in.gov/dwd/files/2017%20JAG%20CDC%20Awardees.pdf


2017 DAWG Awards


The local group D.A.W.G. (Disability Awareness Work Group) came together in 2010 to organize the month-long Disability Awareness Month celebration. In conjunction with the Indiana Disabilities Awareness Month theme as determined by the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, members of D.A.W.G. collectively celebrate the month with several different events and activities. This year’s celebration begins with the Mayoral Proclamation and awarding of the Fourth Annual Disability Recognition Awards.

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NOMINEES (* Indicates Winner)

Nominated By: Rachel Sutopo
Robert (BJ) Steadman goes above and beyond as a job coach. Thinking outside the box is second nature to BJ –
he has a way of making both employer and employee see from each other’s perspective. BJ is always there for his clients and their employers. He takes time to evaluate each of his clients to ensure for the best possible job match.

“Due to his insight and positive thinking he has impacted and benefited many workers in finding their perfect fit.”

Nominated By: Jana Mischler
As a collaborative effort between Hamilton Center – Employment Solutions, Union Hospital and Vocational Rehabilitation, Project SEARCH offers a school to work transition program which includes career exploration for
students with disabilities. Project SEARCH staff, Nichelle Washington and Barbara Henderson go above and beyond
to ensure each student succeeds. They give personalized attention to the development of social and vocational skills
needed by each student to be workforce ready. 

“I know my son is going to be fine and I know that his future will have more opportunities because of the kindness, support, teaching and compassion that the staff is giving him.” 

Nominated By: Danny Grissom
Mr. Dave Piper has volunteered with the Wabash Independent Living and Learning Center “Ramps for Freedom” program for the past fi ve years. Not only has he assisted in the construction of more than 50 wheelchair ramps, he has also taken on the role of Team Leader. Dave oversees the construction of the ramps, making sure the ramps meet the needs of the individual as well as ADA guidelines. Mr. Piper personally recruits and trains new

“Dave always has a smile on his face and says helping others is his passion.”

Nominated By: Danny Wayne Beemer
The Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department is committed to developing accessible experiences for
individuals of all abilities. The recent installation of an accessible fi shing dock along with a “Hooked on Ability”
fi shing event at Fowler Park is just one area that VCPRD is reaching out. Park staff are willing to adapt programs to
meet the needs of those they are serving. 

“Offering accessible activities throughout the county parks encourages individuals who are physically and sensory challenged to get out and experience nature.”

Nominated By: Mike Padgett & Kim Knoblock
ISU Facilities and Recycling Center staff, Ken Griffie, Willie Sharp, James Lowe, Dawnar Shivers, Paul Reed and Elizabeth Attebery have gone above and beyond to ensure that employees with developmental disabilities are accepted in the work place. These individuals go out of their way to make sure that their coworkers are treated with respect and dignity. They make it their own personal responsibility to be a friend and
mentor both on the job and off.

“All our clients enjoy the time they get to spend with their friends and coworkers at ISU and always look forward to their next shift.”

Nominated By: Mike Smith
AutoZone Distribution Center is committed to hiring a qualified workforce and through their “People with Abilities” program are eager to hire those with disabilities that have the skills and expertise that are needed in their distribution center in Danville, Illinois. Their commitment is evidenced through the initiative they took to reach out to local agencies in the recruitment of a diverse workforce.

“AutoZone provides reasonable accommodations to employ and engage individuals with disabilities into what may otherwise seem like an unlikely fit.”

Nominated By: Dee Dodd
Danny Wayne is the Program Director of The Will Center’s Older/Blind/Vision Impaired Program. Born with glaucoma
and limited light and color perception, Danny chose not to let his disability defi ne him. Danny educates others on how to remain or become independent. During the past 16 years, he has been instrumental in planning information expos for low vision consumers and has built a system of monthly sight loss groups in five different counties.

“Danny gives hope to people that have lost their vision or have diminished vision.”

Nominated By: Barbara Archer & Heidi Kotva-Strickland
As youth director at Mount Pleasant UMC, Jess Berryhill saw a need for serving individuals with special needs thus, Grace Unlimited Ministry was formed. Providing a time for group activities, crafts, snacks, worship and Bible learning is what Grace Unlimited is all about. Jess directed the play Simply Cinderella which featured members of Grace Unlimited. Ms. Berryhill was responsible for the recent “Night to Shine” prom for individuals with special needs.

“Jess is an amazing woman, who each and every day demonstrates what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus to all she encounters.”

Nominated By: Elaine Koehler, Krita Arrojo, & Treena Huey
Special Education Teacher Mary Beth Dugger goes the extra mile for her students. In her role as English teacher Mary Beth was responsible for developing a writing program using I-Pods and other devices. Students who at one time struggled with writing are now fi nding success. Mrs. Dugger also developed a mentoring program for community members to work with high school students who have orthopedic challenges. Through this mentoring program, students are encouraged to look beyond their disabilities.

“For Mary Beth Dugger, working with people with disabilities is not just a job, it’s a passion!”

Nominated By: Margie Anshutz
Challenged to over-come her addiction, Kimberly Faulds has remained sober for five years. Working with Hamilton
Center’s addictions facility, Kim openly shares her story in hopes to help others who are struggling. Kim’s past is just
that and her future is bright. Kim hopes to someday write a book of inspirational stories based on truths she has acquired on her journey to a better life. 

“Kim has helped give a voice to consumers and lets them know they are not alone in their struggles.”

Nominated By: Patti Weaver
An opportunity for everyone to garden has always been important to Stephanie Krull. As a founding member of the
ISU Community Garden, Stephanie saw the need to make sure the garden was assessable to everyone. Recently raised bed gardening troughs were added to the garden.

“These areas provide folks with a disability to do what others love to do ..get their hands dirty and grow their own produce for a healthy living.”

Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

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JAG 10 Year Celebration

In celebration of 10 years of the JAG program in Indiana, JAG students from across the state were selected to attend a celebration at the Statehouse on February 28. Five students from our Region were selected to attend.

  • Lincoln Buchholz – Northview High School
  • Steven Gardner – Sullivan High School
  • Sincere Gaston – Cloverdale High School
  • Kayla Kelley – Terre Haute North High School
  • Gage Smitley – Sullivan High School

JAG Specialists Audrey Harbison, Terre Haute North and Karl Turk, Cloverdale attended the event with the students.

While at the Statehouse, the students participated in Page Day at the State Senate and then attended the luncheon celebration for JAG.  During the celebration, the students heard remarks from DWD Commissioner Steve Braun, Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson, former JAG students Elijah Tribbett and Desiree Steinkamp.  Governor Eric Holcomb also stopped by to speak about JAG Indiana’s Future and Vision and meet with the students.

Congratulations to these students and all the current and past students and specialists who have made the JAG program a success!

For more information about our local JAG programs, visit http://www.workonewest.com/youth/jag-program

or contact Greg Lee, glee@vinu.edu.


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2017 JAG Career Development Conference

On Friday, January 20th WorkOne hosted the 6th Annual JAG Career Development Conference on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

The event brought together JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Students from all of the programs in our Region. The students participated in various competitions, such as Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Career Presentation, Creative Solutions, etc. to demonstrate the skills they have developed in the program.

This program helps students develop the knowledge and skills they will need to successfully enter the workforce. Once again, local Employers and Community Leaders volunteered their time to serve as judges for the event.


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Approximately 130 students from the JAG programs participated in the event from the JAG programs at the following schools:

• Cloverdale
• Northview/Cumberland Academy
• Riverton Parke
• Sullivan
• Turkey Run
• Terre Haute North
• Terre Haute South

The winner in each category will move on to compete in the State Competition on March 17 in Indianapolis.

2017 JAG CDC Award Winners:

Chapter Commercial
1st place Northview watch video
2nd place Terre Haute South watch video

Service Learning Blog
1st place Sullivan High School

Career Presentation
1st Place Neelie Henderson Terre Haute North
2nd Place Precious Sandifer Terre Haute North
3rd Place Stephanie Williams Terre Haute North

Cover Design
1st Place Josh McDonnell Terre Haute North
2nd Place Lexus Osborn Terre Haute North
3rd Place Jalyn Fuller Terre Haute North

Creative Solutions
1st Place Dominic Estey Sullivan
2nd Place Ben Nasser Sullivan
3rd Place Levi Nieten Terre Haute South

Critical Thinking
1st Place Abbagail Miller Sullivan
2nd Place Diamon Burnett Terre Haute North
3rd Place Brandon Fine Terre Haute North

Employability Skills
1st Place Taylor Phillipe Terre Haute North
2nd Place Jaden Scott Sullivan
3rd Place Kayla Kelley Terre Haute North

Entrepreneurship Plan
1st Place Dawson Jenkins & Rashawn Nicoson Terre Haute North
2nd Place Deven Pool, Jacob Story & Camron Finley Sullivan

Financial Literacy
1st Place Carly Stuck Terre Haute South
2nd Place Jaycob Tighe Terre Haute North
3rd Place Joshua McDonnell Terre Haute North

Public Speaking
1st Place Tayler Bell Turkey Run
2nd Place Lydia McCarty Sullivan
3rd Place Shelby Foote Northview

Writing Skills
1st Place Olivia Bevis Terre Haute North
2nd Place Tara Bell Northview
3rd Place Lilian Davis Cloverdale

Outstanding Senior
1st Place Evelynn Duncan Terre Haute North
2nd Place Gage Smitley Sullivan

Thank you to our local employers and community leaders who served as Judges for the event!

  • Daryl Andrews – GlaxoSmithKline
  • Amy Bridwell – Taghleef Industries
  • Kim Campbell – Rose Hulman
  • Mary Caye Pfister – Pfister and Company
  • Kristin Clary – Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center
  • Laurence Cross – J&N Metal Products
  • Nancy Davisson – Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Dr. Tad Foster – Indiana State University
  • Marjorie Hopkins – Author
  • Ryan Hughes – IBEW Local 725
  • Jennifer Isbell-Scott – Vectren
  • Rich Keller – Ceres Solutions
  • Joey Montgomery - Congressman Bucshon’s Office
  • Ellen Reeves – United Way
  • Courtney Richey – Small Business Development Center
  • Dylan Riggen – Vermillion County EDC
  • Claudia Tanoos - Terre Haute EDC
  • Cyndi Todd – Parke County EDC
  • Dave Tucker – Vincennes University
  • Tami VanRensselaer - Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center
  • Chris Williams – Ivy Tech Community College
  • WorkOne Staff

WorkOne Participates in Veteran Stand Down

The Wabash Valley Military Support Organization held its annual Stand Down for homeless veterans on November 19, 2016 at the American Legion Post 104 on Ft. Harrison Road in Terre Haute from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  Organization supporters began at 7:00 am setting up the facility and then the display tables.

Veterans were greeted with coffee, juice, and a hot breakfast.  An Honor Guard from the 181st Intelligence Wing presented our flags, a young lady sang the national anthem, and the Mayor of Terre Haute, Duke Bennett, proclaimed November 19, 2016 as Terre Haute's Stand Down for Homeless Veterans Day.


30+ vendors offered their services to the Veterans with homeless Veterans receiving a backpack filled with survival supplies and a cell phone.  Veterans were asked to participate in various activities and were presented with food, winter clothing, personal hygiene products, mental and physical health screenings, and haircuts.  In addition, Community and VA resources were available to service members, veterans and their families.

Veterans and participants were invited to feast on spaghetti and bread for lunch.  The Stand Down concluded at 2:00pm and Organization supporters and other volunteers moved chairs and tables back into the bingo hall.  Activities concluded at 2:30pm.

Thank you to all of the WorkOne Staff and other partipants for supporting our Veterans and making this year's event a success.

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