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Barboursville resident receives honor for vocational success

Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- A 26-year-old employee of Olive Garden, Barboursville, was recognized on Oct. 24 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services for exemplary vocational rehabilitation success.

Hannah Nuce was named the 2012 Ability Works award winner for the Huntington District, which serves Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties. The awards are presented each October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Nuce was referred to the Division of Rehabilitation Services from Prestera in Huntington. She was interested in getting a job but had no work history and no transportation to get to a training program or to work.

She has a cognitive disability, which causes her to have some difficulty in learning new tasks and with multi-tasking. Judy Patton, her rehabilitation counselor, knew that Nuce would benefit from a work adjustment training program, but she couldn't find a way to physically get her there. Once a transportation barrier was surpassed, Nuce received training at Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA in Huntington.

Patton said Nuce completed her training and went to gain employment at Olive Garden.

"Hannah quickly made herself an important part of our team," said Katherine Allgood, general manager of the Barboursville Olive Garden. She works three days a week, rolling silverware for their lunch guests.

She takes her job seriously, follows their sanitation standards and isn't afraid to ask for help when she needs it, especially with moving the silverware because it gets quite heavy, Allgood said.

Each year, the Division of Rehabilitation Services helps thousands of West Virginia residents with disabilities lead more productive, fulfilling lives. A division of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, the agency provides work-related counseling, training, job placement and other vocational rehabilitation services through its 31 field offices across the state.

For more information about the Division of Rehabilitation Services and its programs, call 1-800-642-8207. In the Huntington District, call 304-528-5585.