Credentials to Careers
Tuesday, March 19 | 12:00 – 1:00PM
Presenters: Jeff Gentry, Rosa Ordaz, and Jan Hollenbeck
According to the U.S. Office on Disability Employment Policy in December 2018 only 20.7% of Americans with disabilities were engaged in the workforce. If we are going to equip 70% of Americans with disabilities to join their nondisabled fellow citizens in the workforce, we need to utilize a wide array of employment strategies for transition age youth and adults. Please join Jeff Gentry and Rosa Ordaz from 70/30 Partners and Dr. Jan Hollenbeck from Medford Public Schools as we explore the array of entry-level employment, credential training and employer driven workforce development strategies that can equip you or your loved one with disabilities to enter the workforce. Building an inclusive workforce is doable and worth doing! Please join us for this engaging conversation!
- Jeff Gentry: Jeff has invested his career in connecting people with disabilities to careers and the community. Over the past decade he has significantly expanded School-to-Career transition services for youth with disabilities, helped transform Massachusetts’ largest sheltered workshop into a leading employment program, and assisted with the creation of credential focused career pathways in healthcare and hospitality for people with disabilities. In addition to his passion for workforce development, Jeff highly values and enjoys partnering with self-advocates to create innovative initiatives that equip people with the leadership development, personal safety and advocacy skills they need to live fulfilling lives in the community.
- Rosa Ordaz: Rosa has over 5 years of experience strengthening, developing, and implementing services to empower adults and transition aged youth of all abilities into the community and towards employment. In her former role of Director of Transition and Community Services at Triangle, Inc. Rosa was responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing five community-based day supports and employment programs that served over 160 individuals on a daily basis across four locations as well as Pre-employment Transition services for 45 students.
- Jan Hollenbeck, OTD, OTR/L is a Special Education Administrator responsible for secondary transition, related services, assistive technology and Section 504 for the Medford Public School District. Dr. Hollenbeck is a national presenter and a regular provider of professional development for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has authored several chapters and articles on issues pertaining to the provision of secondary transition and related services in public schools.