Pictured are: Kirk M. Lewis, Schenectady ARC’s Executive Director and Honorable Angelo Santabarbara, New York State Assemblyman, with the team from SUNY Schenectady – Michael Henderson, Coordinator for Workforce Development; Dr. Steady Moono, College President; Patrick Ryan, Vice President of Administration; Deborah Spass, Executive Secretary II; Aubrey Seppa-Hodgkins, TRIO Program Director; and Tiombe Farley, Assistant Director of the Liberty Partnership Program.
Schenectady ARC recently presented SUNY Schenectady with the organization’s Community Partner Award during its Annual Awards Dinner.
“Schenectady ARC’s long-standing collaboration with SUNY Schenectady is a true example of the strength and power that grow when partnerships work,” said Kirk M. Lewis, Schenectady ARC’s Executive Director. “Through the years, the partnership between us has created amazing success and power for the people we support as well as our Schenectady ARC employees.”
The award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding commitment to supporting Schenectady ARC’s mission, and inspires others to support its vision that “partnerships create the power for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to live, learn, work, and play as fulfilled members of society.”
“Already this year, we have worked together to offer The College Success Program that supports individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals to attend college, the Introduction to Horticulture Certificate Program that collaborates with our Schenectady ARC greenhouse program to train people in the skills needed to work in horticulture, the College for Me program that trains students to become Direct Support Professionals and further advance their careers, and through the support of the SUNY Schenectady Office of Workforce Development and Community Education we obtained a grant to provide enhanced trainings to strengthen our employees,” Lewis explained. “We are honored to recognized the college as Schenectady ARC's 2019 Community Partner and look forward to our continued partnership.”