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Swifts receive award

Friday, December 26, 2008

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T.J. Swift House of Alton has been selected for the December Community Business Spotlight by the South Central Workforce Investment Board (SCWIB). Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren and Tana Holder, SCWIB executive director, presented Tracey Swift with the Spotlight certificate Dec. 18. From left are: Warren, Swift, Holder and Iva Highfill, also with the SCWIB. Photo by Jan Thompson
ALTON -- T.J. Swift House in Alton has been selected for the December Community Business Spotlight by the South Central Workforce Investment Board (SCWIB). Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren and Tana Holder, SCWIB executive director, presented Tracey Swift with the Spotlight certificate Dec. 18.

Swift, began the business in 1990. Swift House supports people with developmental disabilities. The business is locally owned and operated with the headquarters in Alton.

Swift employees a staff of 150 to serve 65 to 70 consumers and 40 to 50 homes in Houston, Rolla, Licking, Doniphan, Koshkonong, Myrtle, Cabool, Willow Springs and Thomasville. The services include group homes, independent living homes, individualized supported living and placing children in appropriate care plans.

To meet the requirements of the State Department of Health, all Swift employees must have a high school diploma or GED. Exemptions can be obtained from the state if an employee commits to obtaining a GED, especially if they have experience.

For the last couple of years, Swift has taken advantage of the SCWIB's Skills Gap program offered through a contract with the local Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program. Julie Shaw, a full-time teacher, also teaches the GED classes at Swift.

A room at the business' main location is set aside for GED instruction on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Currently there are five employees taking advantage of this opportunity to gain a GED while working. The SCWIB receives grant funding from the Division of Workforce Development to contract with AEL to provide this program.



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