Center for Inclusive Transition, Education, & Employment (CITEE)
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Transition Fair

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A Tri-County Employment Transition Fair was held on September 16th, 2021 as the final product for an Employment First Grant awarded from the WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.  We are grateful to WIBPDD for this opportunity to highlight the wonderful opportunities to increase community integrated employment in Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties in Wisconsin. 

Employment First Ambassadors are people with disabilities (& their family members) who have jobs in their communities & understand the importance of advocating for policies and services that will help everyone with disabilities get jobs in their communities. 

CITEE MSW practicum student, Kadeesha Duncan, worked with two young men from the region to develop and record their Employment First stories that we are delighted to share with you below.  Carter and Nathan were also interviewed during the Transition Fair.

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Carter Lopez is a young adult from Janesville, WI and a current participant in the Project SEARCH® program at Mercy Health in Janesville.  Here is his Employment First story.

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Nathan Barnes is a young adult from Kenosha, WI and a UW-W student in the LIFE Program.  Here is his Employment first story.



Service Providers:

School District of Janesville Malicki's Piggly Wiggly Employment Connections

Shana Ratzburg,
District Transition Specialist    

School District of Janesville

Alex Malicki
Owner, Malickis Piggly Wiggly

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board Member

Giorgianne Maziarka,
CRC, LPC, Program Director,
UW-W, CITEE, Employment Connections


Thomas Hamilton,
Outreach Specialist

UW-W, CITEE, Employment Connections

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Declan Boran Ragotzy,
Special Education Teacher 

Milton High School

Lisa Pavett
Program Manager

Walworth County Economic Development Alliance

LIFE Program

Chris Trottier,
Director of School to Work Opportunities

Elkhorn Area School District

Walworth County Economic
Development Alliance

Jackie Meyer
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor - Advanced

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation/DWD

Dr. James Collins
Director, LIFE Program, Associate Professor of Special Education



Amanda Abbott,
Regional Employment Manager for Rock, Green and Walworth Counties, Aptiv

Aptiv/ Project SEARCH®


Additional Resources

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Self-Directed Employment Planning Online Training
ARDC logo WI Transition logo TIG logo
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Ticket to Work logo Job Center of Wisconsin logo ABLE NRC logo

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Center for Inclusive Transition, Education, & Employment (CITEE)
Community Engagement Center
1260 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190


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