Students with Disabilities Learn Job Skills at Gulf Coast State College

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - For people with disabilities finding a job can seem like a daunting task. But there's more jobs out there than you may think.

The Arc of the Bay held their first ever Jobapalooza Friday at Gulf Coast State College. They invited students with disabilities in Bay County to spend the day meeting with local businesses and companies. The students paired off with mentors and rotated through booths learning job skills like serving food, stocking items on shelves, janitorial duties and more. The activities were timed and judged based off speed and quality. It was an opportunity to inspire the students for their future careers.

"It's hands on job training with employers, mentors working with them, loving on them and coaching them and having a great day," said the Arc of the Bay executive director Ron Sharpe.

"It helps you learn and get prepared and used to jobs and help you be prepared for it," said 18-year-old Darryl Seabrooks.

Around 50 students and 50 mentors attended the job fair.

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