Golf Course Management

MAY 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.18 It's working When mowing time arrives, Seth Winfrey certainly is cut out for the task. "When he gets on the zero-turn (mower), he's like a little kid," says GCSAA Class A superintendent Junior Storie, a 20-year association mem - ber, who oversees The Links at The Rock in North Little Rock, Ark. "It is one of the things that he excels at." In need of an employee, Storie advertised on Indeed, which acts as an employment-related search engine for job listings. It's how he landed Win - frey. It wasn't Winfrey, though, who responded to Storie's request. Storie was contacted by Project Search Arkansas: Access Initiative, which, in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), is an innovative job training and work preparation program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Project Search was launched in 1996 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In 2013, Access and ARS brought it to Arkansas. Project Search is continually expanding in the U.S. and internationally, giving opportunities to those who are eager for meaningful employment in numerous industries. Winfrey, 21, is one of them. He has cochlear implants — small elec - tronic devices that can help provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. According to Winfrey's parents, he would be living in complete silence without cochlear implants. Erin Riley, job development manager for Proj - ect Search Arkansas: Access Initiative, told Storie that she had Winfrey in mind to fill a crew position at The Links at The Rock. "Seth really enjoys golf. It takes an aspiring individual to do that type of work," Riley says. "It is labor-intensive, early mornings, long hours. I think it is neat how this is working out for him." For others, too. According to Riley, 97 percent of those who have grad - uated from the program have found competitive and sustainable employ- ment within their communities, landing jobs in libraries, distribution centers, Photos by Sydney Rasch

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