The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the disability community by funding the expenses for Triangle, Inc.’s School to Career Program line item in the FY 2022 budget. The $200,000 line item allocation will allow for sustainable services to those most in need.
School to Career (STC) is a vocational program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 looking to expand their career experience with the goal of securing competitive employment. Triangle currently partners with several school districts, including Chelsea, Marblehead, Randolph, and Stoughton, to offer STC to 20 students before they age out of school-supported programming. The organization is actively seeking out additional school partners to disrupt entrenched, systemic problems related to disability employment.
“At Triangle, Inc we believe a job is the greatest equalizer. This year the disability community has seen some of the highest numbers of unemployment. Our members are eager to go to work – but like everyone, they just need a little guidance in getting prepared, knowing what to expect in the workforce, connecting with the right opportunities for their skills, or getting the skills needed for their career ambitions,” said Triangle CEO Coleman Nee. “Now more than ever we know there are many priorities for our state leaders to consider and we are more than grateful for their continued support and recognition in knowing that we are all people with ability.” Elected representatives including the Lead Sponsors Representative Dan Ryan and Senator Sal DiDomenico, Rep. Steven Ultrino; Rep. Kate Lipper-Garabedian; Rep. Sean Garballey, Rep; Paul Tucker; Mark Cusack; Rep.Denise Garlick; Rep. Bill Driscoll; Rep. Daniel Hunt; Rep. Christine P. Barber; Rep. Jessica Giannino; Rep. Michael Day; Rep. Jerald A. Parisella. State Senator Rush; Senator Brendan Crighton, Senator Walter Timilty, Senator Michaels Brady, Senator Joan Lovely, and Senator Jason Lewis worked tirelessly during this budget process to support the disability community. Together with Governor Baker, in signing this budget, they are helping bring the dignity and respect of employment to all people of the Commonwealth.