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Building Bridges and Breaking Down Barriers" Conference and Job Fair

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PASCO, WA - The TRAC held the 2nd annual "Building Bridges and Breaking Down Barriers" conference and job fair Tuesday Oct. 20th.

Access Tri-Cities collaborated with local businesses to help recognize and thank employers and raise awareness to people with disabilities in the work place.

Several booths and vendors were set up for a career fair.

For the first time high school students with disabilities transitioning from school to work were invited to the job fair.

 Christine Devere with Access Tri-Cities said this even is very important  "To not only help but  they've been doing job coaching and student interns to get them out there to there life skills the real work experience and to eventually hire them so to see the community come together and supporting that." 

Jobs were available for people with all types of disabilities.

During the job fair, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) was one of eight local companies to be recognized by the State's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for recruiting, hiring and promoting individuals with disabilities.

WRPS is Hanford's tank farms contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection and has a workforce of more than 2,000 employees.

The company has hired 35 people with disabilities and has a total of 123 employees who have self-identified their disability status.