Zachary… A True Success Story

Occupation: 
Automobile Mechanic at Dick’s Auto Specialties
Picture of Zach

When Zachary first applied for ACCES-VR services, he was a student at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School. Zach was seeking help to pay his college training expenses to earn a certificate in Respiratory Therapy. During guidance and counseling sessions with his Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC), Zach revealed that a career in Automotive Technology was what he really desired. His VRC referred him to the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES for a Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation (DVE) and the results from the evaluation supported an Auto Mechanic goal. Zach and his VRC agreed that this was an appropriate goal, and with ACCES-VR support, he enrolled in the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Automotive Technology program. Zach did very well in the program. After completing a work study program at Dick’s Auto Specialties, located in Pulaski, New York, he graduated with honors from the National Honor Society.

Zachary reported that he loved his internship at Dick’s Auto Specialties and he learned many skills that would prove to be useful in his future employment in the field. The owner of Dick’s Auto Specialties, Dick Krebs, was so impressed with Zach’s work ethic and attention to detail, that he approached ACCES-VR about the possibility of hiring Zach. Local Business Relations Specialist, Barry Tatters, met with Dick to discuss the hiring incentives that ACCES-VR can offer businesses. Since Zach had additional automotive skills to learn, Barry offered to provide Dick with On-The-Job Training (OJT) funding as an incentive to hire Zach and continue his training.

Business owner Dick Krebs states that Zach is a valued employee. In fact, Dick has given Zach two raises since he started his employment. As a result of Zach’s success and the seamless support that Dick received from ACCES-VR, Dick said that he would consider hiring other ACCES-VR participants in the future.

This story was submitted by Barry Tatters
Local Workforce Development and Business Relations Representative
Syracuse District Office
315-428-4013
Barry.Tatters@nysed.gov

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