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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Monday, March 30, 2015
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A Better Bottom Line: Onalaska Police Helps DVR Consumer Develop Skills

Internship gives man opportunity to realize 'dream' to wash patrol cars, support local law enforcement

ONALASKA – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today toured the Onalaska Police Department to learn how the department is helping an area man prepare for employment and support the Department's efforts to keep the community safe.

Kody Steinhoff, 21, of Sparta is a DWD Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) consumer who informed his counselor that his dream job is to wash police cars. Kody, his family, his DVR counselor, and his job developer from Chippewa River Industries worked together to make this a reality. He has been interning for several months with the Onalaska Police Department, two hours each week, washing the patrol cars that the Department uses every day to keep the community safe.

"While Kody has the opportunity to develop employment skills, the Onalaska Police Department has an enthusiastic and dedicated intern, making this a win-win," Secretary Newson said. "This internship is reflective of the many experiences that our DVR team makes possible for consumers across Wisconsin thanks to the active engagement of employers."

The Onalaska Police Department appreciates the positive energy that Kody, who has a cognitive disability and visual impairment, brings to his work and to the Department.

"It truly has been a rewarding experience having Kody as a part of our organization," said Onalaska Police Chief Jeffrey S. Trotnic. "His enthusiasm for his work and his exuberance definitely has a positive effect on all employees who have interacted with him."

Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations thanks in part to the contributions of people with disabilities, while urging other employers to consider this skilled and capable workforce. DWD continues to honor this effort this year and beyond.

DVR assists over 17,000 individuals with disabilities, and in fiscal year 2014, it helped 4,415 job seekers with disabilities to achieve their employment goals. These newly employed individuals are projected to earn $78.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

For more information about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/

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