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Cooke’s 2019-2020 Donor Report is Here!

We are pleased to share our 2019-20 digital Donor Report. Included below are links to our Donor/Partners Report and Building Futures Campaign Giving Report.

The generosity and loyalty of our donors is unmatched! We are grateful for your recognition and support, which has made it possible for so many students and families to benefit from a Cooke education. Your partnership has enabled us to remain a constant in their lives, and has furthered our mission of inclusion and independence for people with disabilities. For this, we are truly grateful. Many thanks!

Cooke and Moody’s Foundation Release a New Report

Roadmap for Inclusion: a Collaborative Digital Skills Training Model for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

 

We are excited to announce the release of a new research report (with our grant partner Moody’s Foundation). The report is a culmination of findings from a year-long research project that explored avenues for collaboration between the business sector, higher and special education, and community stakeholders to increase opportunities for employment (particularly in the IT sector) for people with disabilities. It outlines new employment trends and approaches to develop or improve digital skills training programs for young adults with disabilities.

Of the report, Cooke’s president, Dr. Michael Termini, said, “with the recent healthcare crisis, we find ourselves wondering how we can work to revitalize the economy. Now seems like an excellent time to think creatively about how to strengthen workforce morale and culture across industries. I can think of no better way to do that than by including young adults with disabilities in our workforce. It’s time to re-imagine what the workplace looks like, and that should include workers from every sector of society.”  

Moody’s Foundation, a 20-year partner of Cooke’s, has supported our programming with over $2.5 millon in funding. The research report is the first step toward building a new digital skills training program at Cooke. Post-report, Cooke and Moody’s will be collaborating to create a Digital Skills for the Workplace Program for Cooke’s young adult students. Through the program, Cooke and other educational partners will provide training and educational support in the areas of digital and soft skills development, while corporate business partners, like Moody’s, will provide mentorship and internship opportunities.

We are currently in the first year of designing the program and curriculum, and are actively seeking business partners who would serve as program collaborators, advisors and internship host sites. We will share more about the program as it continues to develop.

Download a free copy of the full report (and the Executive Summary) by clicking here.

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