Career Education helps students with disability accommodation

Paul Ferrara had never considered disclosing his disability and accommodation needs when applying for a job.In fact, the 25-year-old Master of Education student remembers a time when he hesitated to even apply for certain jobs because of his disability.But Ferrara also understood shying away from opportunities was not the way to advance his career.“You can’t get the jobs you don’t apply for,” he said, thinking back to those initial job-hunting days.It was at that time that Ferrara turned to Lisa Kuiper, the Employer Development Manager of the University’s Career Education Office, for assistance.Throughout the last academic year, Career Education has helped more than 6,000 students, including those with disabilities, to find employment opportunities and pursue career goals, while also supporting employers’ hiring needs.“I wondered if employers would label me, and if that would stop me from getting fair access to the jobs I applied for,” said Ferrara, who prefers not to talk about the specifics of his disability publicly.“Lisa went through the pros and cons for when and how to disclose your disability and accommodation needs with employers. She encouraged me to self-advocate and relieve any worries that employers might have.”When students disclose their disability and accommodation needs to employers, it “empowers them to take charge of their accommodations in the workplace,” said Kuiper, who recently spoke as an expert on workplace disclosure and accommodation at the Empower McGill: Tools for Success in Business conference.She believes that Ferrara is a role model for other students with disabilities.“Paul is a great example of a student who has utilized Career Education’s resources to help him succeed in his job search,” she said.Beyond in-person consultation, Kuiper and the Career Education team helped Ferrara — and 34 other students in the past year — to do a Disability Impact on Career/Employment (DICE) assessment, to determine strengths and weaknesses, as well as highlight potential points and accommodations to discuss with employers.“Tools like the DICE assessment allow Brock students to identify, through a process of reflection and self-discovery, their strengths and abilities, thereby giving them the confidence to be successful in the job search process,” Kuiper said.The assessment helped Ferrara to gain a “big picture approach” and to be confident when discussing his disability and required accommodation.He now views his experiences as an advantage that he can offer to potential employers, specifically in his chosen field of education.“I can understand when a student struggles and when employers have been very accommodating,” he said.“Career Education has helped me to understand how the process of hiring works, and how to understand my role and how my disability fits within it,” he said.Similar praise of the resources Brock is providing for students with disabilities came from the Director of University Relations for TD Bank Group, Nancy Moulday. TD employs a number of Brock students and alumni, and Moulday works closely with Career Education on a regular basis.“Brock’s Career Education Office has done a fantastic job of engaging and educating employers on the nuances of hiring students with disabilities,” she said.“The coaching and preparation that the University has provided to students with disabilities has prepared them to go through the interview and onboarding process and ensured they are comfortable in disclosing what accommodation they require in order to be at their best.” read more

GE and Shenhua team up for coal gasification progress

first_imgGE has announced the establishment of GE Shenhua Gasification Technology Company, a 50-50 joint venture (JV) with Shenhua Group to advance the development and deployment of “cleaner coal” technology solutions in China. The new company combines GE’s expertise in industrial gasification technologies with Shenhua’s expertise in coal gasification and coal-fired power generation.The JV will sell industrial gasification technology licenses in China, conduct research and development to improve cost and performance of commercial-scale gasification and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) solutions and work to advance to distribution of commercial-scale IGCC. Gasification is a technology that converts coal into a synthesis gas (or syngas) that can then be used to produce chemicals or other products. Gasification technology has become a critical tool in the expansion of the Chinese economy, allowing a wide variety of industrial products and fuels to be created from low-cost abundant coal resources. With more than 50 licensed facilities in China, GE’s gasification technology is one of the most widely deployed in the industry.Shenhua is one of the world’s largest coal and energy companies, with integrated coal production, power generation, railway, port and shipping infrastructure. Shenhua also has a national role in the development of new coal-related technologies such as coal-to-liquids and carbon sequestration. The company established the first demonstration projects for direct coal liquefaction, coal-to-olefins (MTO) and coal-to-polypropylene (MTP), utilising gasification technology. Through these efforts, the company has built significant expertise in the development of coal-to-chemicals facilities and in the operation of coal gasification systems over a range of technology configurations. Shenhua also has developed deep expertise in carbon utilisation and management through CCS research and development.“Both GE and Shenhua have worked together for years in China on important projects, including the Shenhua Baotou coal-to-olefins facility, which uses GE’s gasification technology. The collaboration will create a leading gasification technology business in China with significant local presence, focus, resources and expertise,” said Wang Xiaolin, deputy general manager of Shenhua Group. “Coal plays an important role in the economies of both the US and China, and gasification technology allows us to use this abundant and low-cost resource in a much cleaner way,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO of Thermal Products, GE Energy. “This joint venture is an evolution of the strong gasification business GE has in China today. Each business will contribute technology, operational and service expertise to create a comprehensive gasification and cleaner coal technology and service provider in China.”last_img read more