Inroads To Opportunities Celebrated Their Annual ‘School To Work’ Transition Graduation Ceremony

Roselle, NJ – Inroads To Opportunities, a Union County, NJ based non-profit human services agency, that provides programs and services to individuals with disabilities, celebrated their 2024 Transition Graduation Ceremony. This event honored graduating students, teachers, and community leaders.

The graduation took place at Inroads To Opportunities’ main campus in Roselle, NJ. Inroads School-to-Work Transition Program works with students from ages 16 through graduation to explore the world of work. Through a variety of opportunities from paid work experiences to vocational training activities, students learn what it means to be a successful employee.

The graduates included Abigail, Corali, Marquis, Ronaldo and Tom. These now graduated students represented Roselle Park High School, Linden School and John F. Kennedy High school.

According to Angela Calzone, President & CEO, Inroads, ““We are filled with such pride and joy! Not just for our remarkable and super impressive students but to the staff, parents and community that work so diligently and tirelessly so our students reach their goals.”

Paul Aronsohn, State of New Jersey Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, and Gina P. Iosim, Assistant Prosecutor and Director, Community Prosecution Division, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, both spoke and inspired the graduates as well as those in attendance. Inroads would also like to thank the political, business and community leaders who have supported Inroads and their programs.

ABOUT ANGELA CALZONE:

Angela Calzone, an award-winning business and management strategist, has most recently served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Inroads to Opportunities. Prior to that she served as Chief Operating Officer for The Webster Apartments in NYC and for ten years as a co-managing member of Change & Response Strategies, LLC, a consortium of leadership, management, human resources, marketing strategists and corporate trainers.

Previously, Calzone has held senior leadership roles at a number of top consulting and professional services firms throughout the New York metro area across an array of verticals.

Throughout her career, Calzone has received numerous state-wide accolades in recognition of her exceptional leadership both as a serial entrepreneur and business professional. She has been among the finalists of NJ’s Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners by NJ Monthly Magazine, celebrated among the Best 50 Women in Business in New Jersey by NJBIZ and nominated for Garden State Woman of the Year.

Calzone holds a Master of Arts in corporate and organizational communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and business administration from Upsala College.

ABOUT INROADS TO OPPORTUNITIES:

Since 1959, the Occupational Center of Union County, DBA Inroads to Opportunities, has been providing programs and services to over 400 individuals with various types of disabilities ranging in age from 16 through retirement, many of whom are economically disadvantaged. Programs and services include vocational preparation, transition from school to work, certificate training programs, day habilitation, and mental health services.

Celebrating its 65th year, Inroads to Opportunities is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an approved provider of the NJ Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Commission of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Inroads is licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, NJ Division of Mental Health, and Addiction Services to provide partial care and the Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide Day Habilitation, Pre-Vocational and Transportation Services. Inroads is an approved Medicaid provider and an approved Employment Network under the Ticket to Work Social Security initiative and an approved Benefits Planning and Counseling Service through the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

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