The Credit Union League of Connecticut has announced a partnership with the Arc Connecticut, the state associate of the Arc, a national advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Working with the Arc Connecticut, the CULC said it has created an internship program called Workability, offering Connecticut cooperatives the opportunity to provide internships for high school students with disabilities to work at the credit union for 10 weeks this fall.
The program is based on an existing program that was developed by Carol Bayreuther, president/CEO of the $33 million Hartford Healthcare FCU.
Students are trained to work in a business environment. The Workability program provides practical experience that will benefit both interns and the credit union. All students have a job coach who ensures they are performing work assignments.
“I can’t imagine a more exciting, productive, and beneficial program for credit unions to continue their involvement in their community,” said Barbara Bass, CULC vice president of education and human resources development.
“Credit unions will be providing an opportunity for interns to use the skills they have learned, thrive in an active, professional environment, and assist in the credit union’s day-to-day functions—a positive experience for all concerned,” Bass said.