2016 Employment First Summit  Trailblazing:  Charting Our Employment Path

College:  Pathway to Employment
Lisa Joliff- Hutchinson Community College

Whether earning a degree, training certificate or taking classes for fun, the skills that a person learns on a college campus can be very beneficial in the job search. This workshop will discuss the opportunities on college campuses for students with disabilities including:

*Open admission
*Study groups
*Clubs and Organizations
*Residential Life
*Credit vs. audit classes
*Financial Assistance

We will discuss how the college experience can have a positive impact on a person's employability. Real-life examples of college students with disabilities will be shared and open discussion with Q/A will be encouraged.

Lisa Jolliff has worked in the disability field for over 25 years. After receiving her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Emporia State University, she gained experience working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Kansas, in the private sector at Heartspring, Centennial Rehabilitation and KETCH. Lisa started her own business to provide case management and advocacy services to the elderly and then expanding the business back to her passion of serving people with disabilities. After 19 years of running and growing her own business, Lifespan Care Management Services, Lisa decided to explore new opportunities and became the Coordinator of Disability Services at Hutchinson Community College. This position has allowed her to take her past experience as a case manager and advocate to educate families, educational systems and community providers about college as a pathway to employment.