Friday, February 12, 2021: College Grads With Disabilities Finding Careers Through the WRP
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) posted two new success stories to their growing list of recent college graduates with a disability matched with employers to fulfill their career aspirations.
Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense, WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with current and recent graduates with disabilities. The WRP works with more than 330 colleges and universities across the nation. Each student who applies for the program is interviewed, assessed, rated by a trained recruiter, and entered into the WRP database. The 2019-2020 WRP database includes more than 2,000 highly qualified candidates seeking both internships and permanent positions in various fields.
Aiyana Bankston, an Oregon State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems, is now excited to begin her career with the Bank of America (a DirectEmployers Member!). In addition to the support and resources provided from WRP, Aiyana also excelled with the mentorship provided through Disability: IN’s NextGen Mentoring Exchange.
Anh Hua, a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Science in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, experienced a spinal cord injury that left her with a permanent disability. She, too, not only found support and resources from the WRP, but also through Disability: IN’s NextGen Initiatives.
Employers – Find your Next Hire!
The following resources can assist employers to use the WRP: