“Shifting services and support from facility-based models to the community aligns perfectly with the PAES lab at Clark State,” said Scott Jones, director of community connections and employment at Quest Inc. “We’ve learned over the past two years that many individuals and families consider TAC to be their place of employment. But we also learned it’s not the TAC building that individuals and families are attached to — it’s the staff relationships they value and trust.”
Clark State housing the new PAES lab is an expansion of its partnership with TAC, which also relocated its Fresh Abilities restaurant to the Eagle’s Nest at Clark State for students to receive the classroom portion of their training program through the college’s workforce and business solutions.
“Clark State and TAC are two organizations with similar missions. The PAES lab is yet another great program that fosters our missions. The lab further exhibits belonging while preparing students for employment and exposing them to the Clark State campus,” said Crystal Jones, vice president of marketing, diversity and community impact at Clark State.
Jones, who serves on the board of directors for TAC, said the lab is also intentionally located in the Student Services department to ensure additional resources are available for those who need them.
“The PAES lab helps to bring our partnerships with Clark State and Quest Inc. full circle to strengthen opportunities available for people with disabilities and other barriers in our community,” said Jim Zahora, CEO of TAC.