YVCF Gives $17,500 to make college more accessible to students with disabilities
Entrust Community Services will take the lead for education
YAKIMA – Entrust Community Services will be working on developing a new aspect to their Youth Transition Services program that will support high school students with disabilities interested in attending college or some other postsecondary institution.
The project is a focused effort to make postsecondary educational opportunities more accessible to youth with disabilities. Entrust Community Services will actively encourage high school students 18 to 21 years old to be prepared for higher education as a real option for their future. This project specifically will hire a Placement Specialist that will build relationships with postsecondary educational institutions in order to discover a way for students with disabilities to integrate in to a typical classroom setting.
The passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) by the U.S. House of Representatives in the summer of 2014 created a greater emphasis for schools and the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to partner with educational institutions and service providers like Entrust Community Services to provide greater postsecondary education and employment outcomes for students with disabilities. This project will be an opportunity to make the Yakima Valley a more integrated community that is open to people of all abilities.
About the Yakima Valley Community Foundation
The Yakima Valley Community Foundation was established in 2004 and has assets close to $54 million. Yakima Valley Community Foundation is made up of more than 59 separate charitable funds, which have been established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. YVCF also serves as a civic leader, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to build community. For more information about the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, visit yakimavalleycf.org or call (509) 457-7616.