Best Practices in Action: Youth Transitions and Employment Outcomes in Iowa

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Shelley Hendren

David Mitchell

Featuring David Mitchell, Administrator of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).

Iowa ranks third overall in the nation in terms of empowering people with disabilities to get jobs and enter the workforce. The state has consistently achieved great employment outcomes through a combination of innovative programs and a strong focus on youth employment. Join us for a conversation about what Iowa is doing to create pathways for youth with disabilities even in rural areas of the state. Join us to learn what Iowa has to offer and what lessons can be used in your state!

Speaker Bio: David Mitchell was named Administrator for IVRS in May 2011. Mitchell had spent 11 years at IVRS prior to this selection, serving as Assistant Bureau Chief, Administrative Consultant, and Supervisor for the East Central Area Office. Mitchell has extensive experience in working to improve the lives of Iowans with disabilities. Prior to joining IVRS, Mitchell worked in rehabilitation services in Iowa for nearly 20 years, serving as a community services administrator, rehabilitation consultant, branch manager, and vocational counselor. A member of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, Mitchell is a past president and current member of the National Rehabilitation Association. He is also a past member of the Iowa Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation and the Central Iowa Job Placement Network.

Mitchell received his Masters Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Drake University and his Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Industrial Administration from Iowa State University. Mitchell is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Mitchell received the Distinguished Service Award from Region VII of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the College of Education Alumni of the Year Award from Drake University in 2005. He also received the Iowa Golden Dome Award for Leader of the Year and the Bill Donohue Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the placement of Iowans with disabilities in the workforce.

Special thanks to JP Morgan Chase for making this webinar with live captioning available for free.

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