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Local businesses honored for supporting career development program for the blind

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NEWPORT — Built by Newport and North Country Engineering were recently honored for their contributions to a groundbreaking career development program for the blind and visually impaired, spearheaded by Orion Global Talent. The program, designed by Bob Richardson, was awarded the National Visionary Award by the National Industries for the Blind and NSITE.

The innovative online curriculum and instructor-led approach has garnered international acclaim. It equips participants with key skills needed for success in the recruiting industry, culminating in an internship at Bristol Myers Squibb. During this internship, students receive one-on-one mentorship from seasoned HR professionals and hiring managers, gaining practical experience in recruitment.

This initiative boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for its graduates, highlighting its effectiveness in providing viable employment opportunities for a community often facing high rates of underemployment.

The program’s success has been attributed to the ongoing support from customers and partners, including Vermont’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Bristol Myers Squibb, edX, the University of Vermont Medical Center, Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School, SocialTalent, and a board of national advisors from prominent organizations such as Amazon, NBC/Universal, Charter Communications, Merck, Best Buy, and the US Navy.

Orion Global Talent conducts two sessions annually, open to all blind and visually impaired individuals seeking career advancement.

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