Ventura, CA, May 06, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County announced the addition of Patricia Schulz as a new board member. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors officially appointed Schulz on April 14 for a three-year term.
Schulz is chief executive officer of The Arc of Ventura County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“For the people we serve at The Arc, having a job means much more than a paycheck--it’s about self-worth, independence and pride,” says Schulz, who has been with The Arc for more than 10 years, first as director of human resources and then as chief operating officer. “A person with a disability should look for a job in the same way that you or I would job search. What jobs fit our experience, strengths, abilities, interests and goals? And the employer needs to evaluate a job candidate in the same way--how will this person fit the needs of my company? Accommodation and support needs are secondary.”
“Patricia’s experience in working with the intellectually and developmentally disabled will bring an important perspective and voice to the WIB,” says Mike Soules, WIB chair and president/CEO of Corwin. “Finding a role in the workforce for these capable adults is important for our economy and for society.”
Members of the WIB include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations.
About the Workforce Investment Board
The Workforce Investment Board administers federal funds that help to support America's Job Center of California locations and other free adult, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. For more information, visit www.wib.ventura.org.