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Website helps those with disabilities find job

Georco.com is a new job-placement program that helps business owners in George and Jackson counties comply with federal law and post job openings for Mississippians with intellectual and development disabilities.

The Georco.com website was developed by Innovation Grants from the Department of Mental Health and the Council of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It is managed by Singing River Industries in Jackson County and Georco Industries in George County.

Job coaches review each opening and when a candidate is matched to a job, the coaches contact the business for an interview and help train and assimilate the candidate if hired.

Businesses have no obligation to hire, but using Georco.com is a declaration of a company's willingness to remove barriers that keep qualified people from employment.

Wade Ogletree, founder of Georco.com, said candidates have found placement in food industries, supermarkets and retail, pharmacies, doctor's offices, veterinary clinics and child care.

Details: Georco.com or wogletree@singingriverservices.org.

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