Wednesday, August 26, 2009

VODEC lauded for hiring, training deaf

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The Vocational Development Center was recognized with the Employer Award from the Iowa Association of the Deaf at its biennial conference in Marshalltown on Aug. 7.

The award is given to employers who have rendered exceptional service in the training and/or hiring of deaf people in Iowa.

“I was both surprised and humbled to learn that VODEC had been nominated for this selective award,” said Steve Hodapp, CEO of VODEC. “While we don’t do what we do for the accolades, it is nice to be recognized once in a while for doing good work. Our daily work includes assistance for all of our clients, whether with hearing impairments or not, to enhance their lives through employment training and independent living supports.”

Iowa Association of the Deaf treasurer Jerry Siders and member Shirley Hicks presented the award to VODEC.