Rosen Hotels & Resorts Partners with ESE Transition School to Provide Local Students with Career Readiness Skills

Orlando, FL (April 1, 2024) – Rosen Hotels & Resorts has partnered with ESE Transition School, an Orange County Public Schools program designed for students with disabilities who need help developing their work and social skills. The program’s goal is to help students build the skills, attitudes and dispositions needed for life after high school, including pursuing higher education, training or competitive employment (independent work without additional employee support from a coach or supervisor).

A select group of students work in various hospitality roles, including food & beverage, housekeeping and banquet setup, at Rosen Shingle Creek, the largest of Rosen’s seven hotel properties. Students rotate job roles every quarter, gaining hands-on work experience in a safe environment that supports their different styles of learning. Of those participating in the program, a large number of the students are on the autism spectrum.

For years, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has worked with the ESE Transition School on various programs that support individuals with disabilities. This partnership is particularly significant as April is Autism Acceptance Month, a time to promote understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

“At Rosen, we are committed to serving the communities in which we operate. Our partnership with ESE Transition School is one of the many ways we hope to make a positive impact in our community and in the lives of these young adults,” said Dorea Mays, director of human resources at Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “We hope by providing a safe and supportive environment for these students, we’ll empower them to continue striving for their goals.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate of those with disabilities was about twice that of those with no disability in 2023. Part of the challenges individuals with disabilities face in becoming employed include not getting past the initial interview process, leading to little to no work experience. Through this program, students can gain valuable work experience and develop the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

“OCPS is excited to renew our partnership with Rosen Hotels & Resorts in a work-study opportunity with the Transition School. Rosen’s leadership understands and embraces the unique value students with disabilities bring to the workforce. The staff at Rosen Shingle Creek were highly supportive before COVID and we look forward to developing a high-quality partnership, again,” said Dr. Mike Armbruster, OCPS’ Deputy Superintendent. “Every time I visit, and see these students beam with pride for the work they are doing, reinforces the ‘why’ of this type of community partnership.”

For media inquiries, please contact Gisselle Garcia, public relations specialist for Rosen Hotels & Resorts, at (407) 640-6967 (office), (407) 451-5188 (cell) or publicrelations@rosenhotels.com.

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