Arc of Carroll receives funding

The Advocate of Westminster and Finksburg

The Arc of Carroll County has received a $75,000 grant to continue the Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative (MSTC) project in partnership with local and state organizations to help high school students with intellectual or developmental disabilities transition from the school system to the workforce.

The MSTC project provides individualized job counseling, job training and job placement services to students 16-21 years old with intellectual or developmental disabilities before they graduate high school. Students are exposed to workplace opportunities through job shadowing and sampling experiences, internships and apprenticeships. The goal for each student is to obtain career focused employment upon graduation.

These services will be delivered through the grant by The Arc and other members of the Carroll County Transition Council, consisting of Target Community and Educational Services, Goodwill Industries, Mosaic, Inc., and Abilities Network.  The members of the council will provide job development and support to students identified by Carroll County Public Schools to help them obtain their first job experience and ultimately job placement.

The grant is funded by the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and is one of only two such grants to be awarded in the state of Maryland.