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A Night for Brighter Futures

CLEVELAND, OH (April 28, 2021) – A Night for Brighter Futures will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, to benefit Vocational Guidance Services (VGS), a 131-year-old nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities engage in the community, access employment, and achieve greater independence. VGS advocates for disability inclusion in the workforce and in...

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How Vocational Guidance Services CEO Susie Barragate is using her position to empower and mentor women

CLEVELAND — During Women’s History Month, News 5 is profiling a series of women in charge and making a change in their community through their careers. News 5 profiles Susie Barragate, CEO and president of Vocational Guidance Services, who shares advice on what it takes to break the glass ceiling. Step inside “Vocational Guidance Services”...

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Unsung heroes in Cleveland: Federal courthouse custodian goes ‘over and beyond’

CLEVELAND — “He’s just got such a positive attitude; I just can’t say enough about the influence that he’s been.”  That’s how Dan Nelson describes one of his top employees who works at the Carl B. Stokes federal courthouse in downtown Cleveland. “It’s a beautiful building and it shines,” Nelson said. Shining from the inside and out...

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Rewriting job training: Nonprofit workforce development groups face influx of job seekers with varied backgrounds

Thank you to Crain’s Cleveland Business for highlighting the challenges that VGS and other Cleveland workforce development organizations are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more to about learn the innovative ways we are overcoming those challenges to help Ohioans with disabilities find work.https://www.crainscleveland.com/…/rewriting-job…