Throughout the month of October, we will be recognizing individuals throughout our programs as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Today we are celebrating Nichole Davis who works in our benchwork assembly program, and the positivity she brings to our program every day.
For Nicole Davis, a job is about more than a paycheck. Working at the OTC’s Vocational Training Programs has provided her with a place to grow both vocationally and personally. Over the past year, Nicole has begun to “tune out the negativity,” and focus on her own growth. She is a dedicated, hardworking individual, who prides herself on being an asset to the OTC benchwork assembly program. Acting as her biggest cheerleader, OTC staff [job coaches, supervisors, and vocational case managers] have challenged Nicole to be her best self. “I can tell they’re proud of me. I’m a good worker, and [they] depend on me. It makes me proud of myself,” Davis remarks on her work at the OTC.
Not only has she been promoted to “six and sixes” an area of the workshop that requires a lot of dexterity, counting skills, focus, and independence; Davis also acts as a friend and advocate for those around her. As a personal goal, Nicole brings positivity to the shop in any way she can. You can find the personal cards she has created for many staff, and program participants around the shop. Aside from her positivity, Nicole prides herself in her independence, both vocationally and personally. When she’s not working, Nicole can be found taking care of her apartment. Nicole, also, loves to engage with her passion for music. Finding comfort in music, Nicole can be found listening to music in the shop, or when relaxing at home. Whenever she gets the chance, Nicole also likes to experiment with playing different instruments – particularly the guitar, piano, and drums.
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