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VR Nevada Success Stories
VR Nevada Success Stories

VR Nevada Success Stories

Success Story – Will Carrasco

Will Carrasco is a graduate from rural Yerington High School. Will was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which has necessitated him using a wheelchair since birth. Even so, Will has never let his disability get in the way of what he wants to do, whether it is hunting, fishing or skiing. Will signed up for […]

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Success Story – Megan Jones

Megan Jones has several impediments to employment having been diagnosed with autism, an anxiety disorder, atrial flutter, ankle reconstruction, and a seizure disorder. Megan applied to Vocational Rehabilitation to receive assistance with obtaining and maintaining a job that would not require her to perform the prolonged standing & walking that had been required in her […]

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Success Story – Joey Reed

Joey applied for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services while still a student at Liberty High School in Las Vegas in 2018. Joey had been diagnosed with Autism and Specific Learning Disability and required significant reinforcement and praise to be successful. His disability meant he was also highly distractible, impulsive, and restless. He was unsure what career […]

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Success Story – James Altman, PhD.

When you and your mother both work on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, carpooling to work really makes sense. But when James Altman’s mother began having difficulties lifting him in the vehicle on a daily basis, James decided to apply to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to see what services he could get […]

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Success Story – Brenden Hockett

Brenden Hockett really wanted a job that met his needs but wasn’t boring. Brenden was born with Ataxiatelangiectasia and uses a wheelchair. He has several significant physical barriers to employment. Brenden has a great sense of humor and was seeking work that met his needs but also desired something he would really enjoy. Brenden understood […]

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Success Story – Justin Wicker

Before Justin Wicker arrived at Vocational Rehabilitation in April of 2019, he was struggling to continue to work in unsupportive and physically demanding fields. Justin’s prior work history was varied, including some commercial truck driving and customer service related fields. At the time of his intake appointment, he was most recently working in freight and […]

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Success Story – Aleisha Geiss

Aleisha Geiss applied for services in November of 2014. She had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting from a drowning event at age three. As a result, Aleisha developed a learning disability impacting reading comprehension, writing skills, and her general walking ability was impacted. Aleisha wore wrist braces to strengthen the weakness in her wrists […]

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Success Story – Trenton’s Second Chance

22-year old Arizona native Trenton Kelly had his share of ups and downs before moving to Las Vegas and coming to Sierra Nevada Job Corps. “Before I discovered the program, I had not done well. To be honest, I let my life go down the drain. A lot of heartbreak, a lot of dead-end jobs, […]

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Success Story – Brett Fisher

Brett Fisher has found success with the help of VR Nevada and Nevada Division of Tourism plans to keep him for a very long time!

Success Story – Genesis Pierre

22 year-old Sierra Nevada Job Corps graduate Genesis Pierre has been awarded the Continuing Excellence Scholar of the Year by Management Training Corporation (MTC). While attending SNJCC from 2016-2019, Genesis received her Certified Nursing Assistant certifications, then climbed the ladder to excel as an Advanced Career Training student at Truckee Meadow Community College. She went […]

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Success Story – Will Carrasco

Will Carrasco is a graduate from rural Yerington High School. Will was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which has necessitated him using a wheelchair since birth. Even so, Will has never let his disability get in the way of what he wants to do, whether it is hunting, fishing or skiing. Will signed up for […]

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Success Story – Megan Jones

Megan Jones has several impediments to employment having been diagnosed with autism, an anxiety disorder, atrial flutter, ankle reconstruction, and a seizure disorder. Megan applied to Vocational Rehabilitation to receive assistance with obtaining and maintaining a job that would not require her to perform the prolonged standing & walking that had been required in her […]

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Success Story – Joey Reed

Joey applied for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services while still a student at Liberty High School in Las Vegas in 2018. Joey had been diagnosed with Autism and Specific Learning Disability and required significant reinforcement and praise to be successful. His disability meant he was also highly distractible, impulsive, and restless. He was unsure what career […]

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Success Story – James Altman, PhD.

When you and your mother both work on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, carpooling to work really makes sense. But when James Altman’s mother began having difficulties lifting him in the vehicle on a daily basis, James decided to apply to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to see what services he could get […]

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Success Story – Brenden Hockett

Brenden Hockett really wanted a job that met his needs but wasn’t boring. Brenden was born with Ataxiatelangiectasia and uses a wheelchair. He has several significant physical barriers to employment. Brenden has a great sense of humor and was seeking work that met his needs but also desired something he would really enjoy. Brenden understood […]

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Success Story – Justin Wicker

Before Justin Wicker arrived at Vocational Rehabilitation in April of 2019, he was struggling to continue to work in unsupportive and physically demanding fields. Justin’s prior work history was varied, including some commercial truck driving and customer service related fields. At the time of his intake appointment, he was most recently working in freight and […]

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Success Story – Aleisha Geiss

Aleisha Geiss applied for services in November of 2014. She had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting from a drowning event at age three. As a result, Aleisha developed a learning disability impacting reading comprehension, writing skills, and her general walking ability was impacted. Aleisha wore wrist braces to strengthen the weakness in her wrists […]

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Success Story – Trenton’s Second Chance

22-year old Arizona native Trenton Kelly had his share of ups and downs before moving to Las Vegas and coming to Sierra Nevada Job Corps. “Before I discovered the program, I had not done well. To be honest, I let my life go down the drain. A lot of heartbreak, a lot of dead-end jobs, […]

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Success Story – Brett Fisher

Brett Fisher has found success with the help of VR Nevada and Nevada Division of Tourism plans to keep him for a very long time!

Success Story – Genesis Pierre

22 year-old Sierra Nevada Job Corps graduate Genesis Pierre has been awarded the Continuing Excellence Scholar of the Year by Management Training Corporation (MTC). While attending SNJCC from 2016-2019, Genesis received her Certified Nursing Assistant certifications, then climbed the ladder to excel as an Advanced Career Training student at Truckee Meadow Community College. She went […]

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Success Story – Sara Heredia Villanueva

Sara Heredia Villanueva was working in a JDT program at New2U Computers following several prior unsuccessful VR cases when she applied for services again in March 2018. Sara has an intellectual disability, and in each case with VR in the past she was determined not to be capable of competitive integrated employment following work hardening […]

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Success Story – Dillon Maestrejuan

Dillon is a young man living with Cerebral Palsy. This has affected his mobility, dexterity in his hands and his speech. Despite this, Dillon has always been very active, and is well-known in the local community for participating in community events and outdoor activities such as hunting, off-roading and photography. Since I began working with […]

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VR prepares Ian for a job at Complex Care Hospital

HR Manager, Susan didn’t know Ian McIntire was part of Vocational Rehabilitation until after she hired him as an EVS Tech. Ian has done such a great job and is such a pleasure to be around, that Complex Care Hospital in Las Vegas is looking forward to working with Vocational Rehabilitation again.

Ivan got his dream job with the help of VR Nevada

Ivan came to work at Jack in the Box in Carson City, Nevada one year ago. “There is no body happier or more energetic coming to work.” says general manager, Kyle Hewitt. “Vocational Rehabilitation does a great job making sure our standards are met as well as the employees.”

VR Nevada helps Cathy Wright

When Cathy could no longer do her job of 19 years, because it was too physically demanding, she ended up leaving, but didn’t know where to go. VR Nevada helped her change careers and feel productive. Cathy’s supervisor, Pat Wendell said, “In a perfect world, I wish I had one hundred Cathys.”

Success Story Eric Eierdam

VR Nevada helped Eric Eierdam change his life. Meet Eric Eierdam and hear how Vocational Rehabilitation has been life changing for him. After being employed with Precision Orthotics and Prosthetics, Eric has been able to share his successes with patients and really be an inspiration to them.

Shamika Success Story

Meet Shamika, who found a job she loves with the help of Vocational Rehab of Nevada! She applied for the job online and when asked for an interview, VR Nevada was there to help by providing an interpreter. Manager, Jeremy Boaz, has been so impressed with Shamika’s work ethic and sense of pride, that he […]

Erlinda Guzman Success Story

Erlinda has been a productive member of the Goodwill Industries staff for over a year. From the very beginning, Vocational Rehabilitation provided Erlinda with a job coach that helped make the communication, scheduling, and transition smooth. Erlinda demonstrates a work ethic that we can all live up to.

Helen Johnson Success Story

Helen Johnson had no idea that being sentenced to Drug Court would be the best thing that ever happened to her. The guidance Helen received from VR Nevada allowed her to turned her life around. Rehabilitation Supervisor, Dee Dee Bossart, describes VR Nevada best when saying, “That’s what we’re here to do. Really help people […]

Chris Hampton Success Story

Chris Hampton came to the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) on 8/25/14. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on 6/11/77, one of three children, and has lived in other places, but moved back to Las Vegas in 2012. He quit school in the 9th grade, but obtained a GED in 1996. His disabilities include […]

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Ian Mac Intire Success Story

When Ian applied for services on 4/22/14, he reported that his largest barriers to employment were due to the extreme anxiety that leads into Agoraphobia and his learning disability. Ian was diagnosed with Chronic Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Specific Learning Disability and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Ian took extra time to consider […]

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Jill Elliott Success Story

Jill Elliott was college educated, and had an MBA. She also had a successful career as a Registered Nurse for 13 years, until one day when she had to take a four-year break in employment due to the exacerbation of her disability. That was when, between the months of September and October 2014, she approached […]

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Nicholas Becerra Success Story

Nicholas Becerra applied for services on 10/01/13 for assistance with finding employment. At the time he was working as a sign waver for 3 hours a week and hated the job, but would not quit until he found something else. He was accompanied by his father, who did a lot of the talking, as Nicholas […]

Roberto Success Story

Roberto came to the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) in 2010 in search of a job. At that time, he had recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and was eager to put this knowledge to use in the working world. Roberto was made eligible for services based on a spinal cord […]

Charles Watkins Success Story

VR Nevada helped find Charles Watkins the perfect job at BB’s Cafe. He feels right at home, after working in kitchens for many years and all of his coworkers notice what a great job he does. Carlitha Windom, owner of BB’s Café, said, “I wish all my employees could be like Charles!”

Cletis “Mike” Mikell Success Story

Mike has been diagnosed with Spastic Incomplete Quadriplegia from a motor vehicle accident. He has use of his right side and walks with a cane. He applied for services on 5/16/07, was placed at Nellis Air Force Base Commissary on 9/25/11 in a position of Clerical Support/Data Entry that paid $9.75 an hour for 24 […]

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VR Nevada – Job Seeker Message

Mechelle Merrill, Rehabilitation Chief for the State of Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, encourages Nevadans with disabilities looking for a job (or trying to keep their job) to contact the rehabilitation team at the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. Increased education, assisted technology or moral support are just a few of the services offered.

VR Nevada helped Joseph Adams at Office Depot

VR Nevada helped Joseph Adams to find a job as a cashier at Office Depot. Joseph loves his job and the interaction with the customers. His supervisor Carlos is greatful for the partnership with VR Nevada and the training and guidance Vocational Rehabilitation provided for Joseph.

Washoe County student opportunities

Mechelle Merrill, Rehabilitation Chief for the State of Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, supports Vocation Opportunities for Inclusive Career Education (VOICE), which helps young adults in school (or recently graduated) acquire the skills to get a great job. Find your “voice” by calling VR Nevada at 775-284-9645 in Northern Nevada and 702-486-3329 in Southern Nevada.

Hidden Disability

Mechelle Merrill, Rehabilitation Chief for the State of Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, shares that an estimated 87% of all disabilities are hidden and what matters the most is the person can do the job. Learn how VR Nevada can help you find the right person with the right qualifications for the job.

Hiring Benefits

Frank Woodbeck, Director for Nevada’s Department of Employment Training & Rehabilitation (DETR), dispels the myths of how people with disabilities cannot “make it” in the workforce. Did you know studies show employees with disabilities rate better in job performance compared to those without disabilities? Learn how VR Nevada can help you find the best employees […]

Economic Benefits of hiring people with disabilities

Mechelle Merrill, Rehabilitation Chief for the State of Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, reports 87% of the public prefers to support businesses who hire people with disabilities and that people with disabilities and their community represent a $1 trillion market. What is your business doing to tap into that market? Learn more by contacting VR […]

VR Nevada helps Office Depot hire qualified associates

VR Nevada helped Office Depot General Manager, Misty Ashton, fulfill her hiring needs. VR Nevada made the process very easy, by screening the candidates, finding the best fits, and training associates. Misty says that Office Depot employees with disabilities are reliable and dedicated, and have excellent attendance records, lower attrition rates and higher safety ratings […]

VR Nevada provides job and college readiness for recent high school grads

Mechelle Merrill, Rehabilitation Chief for the State of Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, encourages recent high school graduates with disabilities to make the most of their future by taking advantage of our services. VR Nevada can help you get a job or prepare for college in the Fall.

Get the facts on employment rates for individuals with disabilities

Mechelle Merrill, Rehabilitation Chief for the State of Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, shares that people with disabilities only have a 19.1% rate of employment, despite their ability to perform the job. We can help increase your education, provide assisted technology and offer moral support. Contact VR Nevada at 775-284-9645 in Northern Nevada and 702-486-3329 […]

VR Nevada helped Gustavo and Andrea get jobs at Office Depot

Gustavo, born deaf, had struggled to find employment for years. Then, VR Nevada helped Gustavo find a job that suited his unique interests and abilities. After being hired by Office Max, he’s excelled at every job duty assigned. Two years later, Gustavo still loves his job and is now inspiring others to work hard and […]

Cody Robinson Success Story

Cody Robinson graduated from Churchill County High School in June 2014 and returned to school the following year to work on academics he felt he needed to improve under his Individualized Education Program (IEP). While attending school, he began to work with Expanding Life, a job placement agency in Reno. When Cody came to the […]

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VR Nevada and DETR help heroes fight unemployment

Frank Woodbeck, Director for Nevada’s Department of Employment Training & Rehabilitation (DETR), shares how those with physical and mental disabilities are heroes fighting against a formidable villain…Unemployment. Learn how VR Nevada helps disabled individuals fight for meaningful employment and how your business can benefit from these talented heroes.

VR Nevada helps Bureau of Reclamation to find a qualified employee

When the Deputy Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation was looking for an executive assistant, she worked with VR Nevada and found an ideal candidate for the position. See why Corey is described as an exceptional employee and why it makes good business sense to hire employees with disabilities.

T.J. Lavin

T. J. Lavin, American BMX star, musician, and host of MTV’s The Challenge, knows how disability can challenge and change a person’s life. In 2010, an accident left him disabled for a few years. Now, he is an advocate for employing those with disabilities.

Peter Tang success story – Office Depot

Physical disabilities don’t stop Peter Tang from doing an exemplary job for Office Depot. Hear how his boss in the shipping department describes Peter’s work ethic and why he was nominated for the company’s A Team. If you’re thinking about hiring people with disabilities or know a company that is, call VR Nevada.

Hiring Workers with Disabilities at Starbucks Largest Distribution Plant

The national unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 11.2 percent – double the jobless rate for the general population, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Recognizing that disparity, Starbucks is launching an on-the-job training program for people with cognitive and physical disabilities at its Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center. Starbucks Website

Damon Fruitful Success Story

When Damon Industries’ Fruitful Juice Products was looking for a new employee, they contacted VR Nevada to help find someone suitable for the position. Juan was the perfect match. He’s doing a great job for the company and everyone likes him. In fact, he’s doing so well that he was selected as Fruitful’s Employee of […]

VR Nevada TV Commercial

Employees with disabilities bring great value to business. VR Nevada is at work for disability inclusion and can connect you with talented employees to help drive business success for your company. Call 775-284-9645 (north) and 702-486-3329 (south)

Arrow Electronics

See why Robert Green of Arrow Electronics thinks hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense and why it’s a win-win situation for all. VR Nevada is at work for disability inclusion and can help your business staff-up with qualified, hard-working employees, too. Call 702-486-3329 in Southern Nevada and 775-284-9645 in Northern Nevada.

Kimie Success Story

Kimie has been blind since the age of 12. VR Nevada has provided Kimie with assistive technology, so she can be successful in her job and education. Kimie is now attending law school and working full time.

Gustavo Success Story

Gustavo was born deaf. VR Nevada helped Gustavo get a job after struggling for years. VR Nevada matched the needs of OfficeMax with the abilities of Gustavo and helped him obtain a meaningful job.

Chona Success Story

Chona was in an accident that left her with a disability. Hear her story and how Nevada Vocational Rehabilitation helped her and other individuals with disabilities obtain employment.

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