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Shively Manager Jim Yute wins Trail Blazer Award from Atco

By George Mauzy

The awards keep piling up for Shively Dining Hall Manager Jim Yute and his staff for their outstanding work with local workers with disabilities. On Oct. 10, PersonnelPlus, a division of Atco Inc., presented its first Trail Blazer Award to Yute.

The award, which was voted on by the PersonnelPlus Business Advisory Council, praised Yute for his leadership and vision in promoting integrated employment of persons with disabilities. It also identified him as one who encourages other area businesses to consider the contributions of workers with disabilities within the local community.

"This award serves as another recognition of Jim Yute's outstanding accomplishments with workers with disabilities," said Director of Housing and Food Service Randy Shelton. "The award also represents the Shively Hall staff's outstanding team effort in making the relationship with PersonnelPlus a success."

Ohio University currently employs 25 PersonnelPlus workers at various locations including Shively, Nelson, Boyd and Jefferson Dining Halls, Custodial Services, Putnam Child Development Center, the Ohio University Libraries and the Osteopathic Medical Center.

In April 2000, Yute was awarded the Best Practices Award by the Ohio Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) for his work with Atco workers. In August 2001, Ohio University's Dining Services won the annual large-sized Employer of the Year Award by APSE.

The Trail Blazer Award was given to Yute on Oct. 10 at the Sixth Biannual Recognition Dinner at Nelson Commons Dining Hall. The event was part of Atco's celebration of National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.

PersonnelPlus, formerly called Atco Job Placement Services, is a no obligation employment service designed to increase operational efficiency through the hiring of reliable and dependable employees with disabilities for entry-level positions.

George Mauzy is a media specialist with University Communications and Marketing.

 
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