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Sponsored Employment Announcement: Executive Director

(Posted March 3, 2014)

The Board of Directors of Trico Opportunities, Inc., a private not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) Community Vocational Rehabilitation and Skill Building Agency located in Michigan's upper peninsula, is looking for a leader who is passionate and committed to our mission of assisting individuals with a disability reach their maximum potential and independence. Trico has an approximate budget of 2.2 million, employs 68 full /part time Staff and employees, and serves approximately 100 individuals daily.   Trico offers a competitive salary and benefit package.  The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors.



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Senator Jennifer Shilling to Receive the 2014 Government Leadership Award from Rehabilitation for Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association

The 2014 Government Leadership Award will be presented to Senator Jennifer Shilling at the Rehabilitation and Transition Conference in Green Bay on May 1st, 2014, which is being held at the KI Convention Center.


Each year, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association solicit nominations for this prestigious award. Decisions about who will receive the award are made based on the nominee's contributions to legislation, policies, and/or practices that positively affect the lives of people with disabilities. Past winners of the award include Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Senator Dave Hansen, Representative Peter Barca, Representative Pat Strachota, Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades, and Senator Kathleen Vinehout.


Senator Shilling was nominated by Riverfront in La Crosse for her ongoing commitment to advocating for individuals with disabilities and for her recent legislative success, in which bi-partisan support was given to a bill she co-authored in 2013 to strengthen job training and placement by allocating increased funding to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), which operates under the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.



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Raising vegetables indoors without soil? Inventive Appleton man puts passion toward hunger relief

Register to read more...In New York City, it's possible to order delivery of nearly any product available. So, more than two years ago, Alex Tyink, who then lived in a second floor apartment, ordered a bunch of two-by-fours.


He already had a handsaw.


"I was in my little shoebox of an apartment sawing wood and putting this aeroponic system together, which is growing plants in air, as opposed to hydroponics, which is growing plants in water," said the 27-year-old Tyink.


Not quite what you imagined, is it?


That was the first of the Appleton native's approximately 22 trial-and-error attempts to devise an energy-efficient indoor farming system. The 23rd incarnation now sits in a hallway at Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin in Menasha. It's easily identified by the green, leafy vegetables sprouting out the top.


"It just works, which is crazy," said Tyink, now the program leader for Goodwill Grows, a three-pronged effort by Goodwill NCW to continue the Community Garden Partnership, create a new initiative called Community Food Incubator to advise people starting food-related businesses, and Tyink's patent-pending Indoor Farming System, which is licensed to Goodwill.



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