By Karl Schneider
Commodore Books and More has recognized Jessica Stewart as October’s Employee of the Month. After ten weeks of working many departments throughout the bookstore, Stewart earned her award with hard work and a willingness to accomplish any task asked of her.
Stewart is a student enrolled in the Project SEARCH program, which acts as a workforce transition program for students with significant disabilities. “She was always smiling and focused on customer service,” said Patty Clark, who manages the bookstore. “LCCC opens the door and gives people the opportunities the might not have elsewhere,” Clark continued.
“It has been fun, there is a different variety of work for me to do,” said Stewart. The bookstore assigned tasks such as folding clothes, stocking soda machines and even helping to create the Fall window display to Stewart. “National Student Day has been my favorite memory. There was free food and it was really fun doing the prize wheel,” reflected Stewart.
Stewart plans on continuing her path in retail sales. She is a current senior at Elyria High School and hopes to take business classes at LCCC to follow her goals. Stewart says her experience at Commodore Books and More will help her achieve a job within a larger retail outlet. The bookstore was her first job within the LCCC campus, having previously worked with the Lorain County Metroparks doing customer service.
Stewart will interview with LCCC’s Barbara and Mike Bass Library and Community Resource Center for the Spring semester. She began her enrollment with Project SEARCH at the end of August this year, and will continue with the program.
Project SEARCH has helped many disabled students with work related skills. The program teaches resume building, interview skills, resignation letter writing and a variety of other much needed attributes. Project SEARCH also gives students real world job training.