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Employers may now access database to recruit students with disabilities

December 9th, 2010  |  Connie Eyer

The 2011 Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP), a database of more than 2,000 students who represent all academic backgrounds and various educational degrees, was made available on December 7 by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) and co-sponsor Department of Defense.

Intended as a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace, the WRP database includes candidates seeking both summer employment as well as full-time positions.

In the fall of 2010, 87 recruiters from over 40 federal agencies and sub-agencies visited over 200 college campuses nationwide, resulting in this database that contains application information on more than 2000 students with disabilities. The students represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate students and law students. During the summer of 2010 over 500 students were reported as being hired, the majority in summer jobs, in 40 different agencies and sub-agencies.

 To participate, a student completes an online application, submits all necessary paperwork online and agrees to a 30-minute interview. Students must bring a hard copy of their resume to the interview. Recruiters later prepare interview summaries and enter information about students into the recruitment database.

To access the database, federal officials can visit http://www.wrp.gov to register and search independently for candidates who meet their hiring needs. In addition, the status of candidates they are interested in interviewing may also be tracked to determine, among other things, whether they already have been hired. Private-sector employers can search the program’s database through ODEP’s National Employer Assistance and Resource Network by calling (toll-free) 866-327-6669, or filling out a request form at http://www.earnworks.com.