Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. Awarded Grant from
Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. (VPI) is the recipient of a grant award from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation for its Skills for Work, Success for Life! Employability Skills Training Program facilitated on the Kimberly-Clark (K-C) West Campus in Neenah, WI.
This program prepares young adults with disabilities and disadvantages to gain and maintain competitive, integrated, community employment. A key benefit of participation is the students participate in internship opportunities across several job types within the K-C environment. The program is offered during a traditional school semester and in a summer school format.
VPI skills instructors work with the intern’s K-C site mentors to support the students. Students experience mentor-based training, multiple internships, job coaching, classroom skills instruction, career planning guidance, and employment placement services.
Collaborative partners include Kimberly-Clark, local school districts, VPI employment specialists and skills instructors, the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and community employers, after the students graduate.
VPI’s programs are significantly more effective in leading students with disabilities to competitive employment than those who do not receive these services. VPI’s graduate employment rate is > 70% (VPI, 2019) compared to the national 19.1% rate for people with disabilities (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2/26/19).
The 2020 grant award will provide for collaborative program funding and establish an ongoing scholarship, so one underserved student or young adult in need per term, and without other funding sources, will be able to participate in the program. The scholarship preference will be given to young mothers with children in need who have disabilities and/or disadvantages.
Valley Packaging Industries (VPI), a nonprofit organization, served more than 2,700 individuals and families with Rehabilitation Services programs and/or employment opportunities in 2019. VPI provides education, human services, and vocational skills training to Fox Valley residents with disabilities and/or disadvantages. VPI’s two production facilities provide custom packaging and manufacturing services to regional manufacturers to generate funding and training opportunities. VPI collaborates with funding foundations, educational institutions, community employers, and service organizations to accelerate rehabilitation service program growth.
For more information, contact: Lissa Marth at LMarth@vpind.com or (920) 749-5859.