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(Genesee ARC News Release)

Four young adults are realizing the satisfaction of achieving an important, personal goal.  On September 26, Juan Baez, Sarah Dieck, Carl Jeerings and Laura Mroz will participate in a graduation ceremony at the Forum of the Genesee ARC Community Center.  The ceremony marks their completion of Genesee ARC’s PREP for Life program.

PHOTO: Juan, Sarah, Carl and Laura with Genesee ARC PREP for Life teacher, Kim Weber on the steps of the Genesee ARC Community Center.
PREP is an acronym which stands for People Realizing Education and Employment Potential.  The program is a partnership between Genesee ARC and Genesee Community College and was established to improve transition from high school to employment. It is a certificate program for individuals with developmental disabilities who desire a college experience.

“Each student has grown tremendously,” PREP for Life teacher Kim Weber said.  
“We have focused on improving communication, career exploration, developing marketable work skills and volunteerism,” she added. 

When asked what they enjoyed most about the PREP for Life program it was a unanimous, “Spending time at GCC!”  While students utilized classroom space at the Genesee ARC Community Center, they had access to GCC’s library, cafeteria, computer lab and meeting spaces.   Ranked right at the top of the list of what they like best is time spent with friends and the many different volunteer opportunities and places they explored in Genesee County. 

In looking to the future, Carl is already a Genesee ARC Culinary Arts trainee and assists with the Meals on Wheels contract; Juan is interested in working on the Genesee ARC Cleaning crew; Sarah’s career search will include a job where she can work with children and Laura wants to work with animals and one day get a place of her own.
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