Dan Palmer, interim dean and chief administrative officer at Kent State Trumbull, and Brad Vincent, Siffrin chief executive officer, recently signed a formal agreement to use a classroom and office on campus.
“This is a big win for the Mahoning Valley and especially for people with disabilities,” Vincent said in a news release. “They will now have a chance and a choice.”
Siffrin Academy at Kent State Trumbull, which will be overseen by David Howe, Siffrin’s regional director, will offer an opportunity for adults age 18 to 32 with disabilities who are transitioning into life after high school as well as those on a path to employment. Initially, the academy will have eight to 10 participants. Vincent expects the program to expand. Siffrin expects to hire three people who will work with academy members.
Siffrin Academy is an education blend of classroom study and field experience designed to help participants reinforce the skills and abilities they learned throughout their education. Training provides the proficiencies and mechanisms essential for success in the community and the workforce. Vincent said collaborating with Kent State Trumbull will help Siffrin Academy students break down the barriers sometimes faced by people with disabilities. The goal is to help students who want to be in the community, he said.
“We are always looking for ways to leverage our resources to make an impact in the community,” Palmer said in the release.The academy is taking inquiries and requests here or by calling 330-799-8932.