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(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

| October 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

By Dirkse CC Team Observed each October for the past 70 years, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, or NDEAM, celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The theme this year is: “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”, which is something we work toward […]

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Community Message: Falling Back to Change

| October 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Community Message: Falling Back to Change

By Bethany Stroup When most of us think of the Autumn season we think of pumpkin spice lattes and children heading back to schools. What I often ponder in this season is how inevitable change is in our lives. Every fall the trees transform their colors as a sign to us to remember that all […]

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Sharing the Arts: Professional Actor Finds Value in Beaverton’s Community Theatre

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Sharing the Arts: Professional Actor Finds Value in Beaverton’s Community Theatre

“Once we had the first rehearsal [for School House Rock] I said, ‘This is what I’m supposed to be doing. This feels right. I’m supposed to be a performer.’” And Brittain Jackson couldn’t be more right. “Following my dreams and passions is my only way of living,” he continued, “I can’t do anything else.” His […]

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The Affordable Care Act: Success and Failure

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Affordable Care Act: Success and Failure

By Christopher Levesque Since the implantation of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA or Obama Care), most of us have seen our health care change. If you are on an employer sponsored plan you may have seen the amount you contribute to the cost of the plan increase. Your deductible may be higher and the […]

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(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! Introducing Ryan Guthrie, Employed with the Portland Timbers!

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! Introducing Ryan Guthrie, Employed with the Portland Timbers!

By Dirkse CC Team Have you ever been “Employee of The Month”?  Ryan Guthrie, a 21-year-old from Beaverton recently received that honor before he hit his 90-day mark; not many of us could achieve such accolades so quickly.  As a person with Down Syndrome, Ryan has overcome many barriers including finding his first job.  Once […]

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Community Message: Cultivate the beginner’s mind

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Community Message: Cultivate the beginner’s mind

By Minister John Shuck In the words of Shunryu Suzuki: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” It is September. Back to school. It is a good time to reflect on the beginner’s mind. No one wants to be embarrassed about what she or he doesn’t know. […]

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(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! Introducing Jonah Carrasquer, Employed!

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! Introducing Jonah Carrasquer, Employed!

By Dirkse CC Team Jonah Carrasquer is a 21-year-old Athlete who recently participated in the 2018 USA Special Olympic Games in Seattle Washington where he earned a Silver medal in both the 200 and 400 Meter dash.  He also graduated in June from The Beaverton Community Transition program where he learned valuable life skills designed […]

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