Wisconsin Workforce Development Names Globe University ‘Exemplary Employer’

Globe University-La Crosse has been recognized as a leader in building an inclusive workforce.

“I was surprised and humbled to receive the [Exemplary Employer] award,” said Sean Parker, Globe University-La Crosse dean of faculty. “[We are] committed to maintaining a diverse and engaging environment for our academic family. To that end, we recruit the most qualified faculty and are firm in our resolve to surmount any real or perceived barriers to their successful inclusion in our community.”

Globe University-La Crosse, Wisconsin Workforce Development Board Exemplary Employer Award

Sean Parker, Globe University-La Crosse Dean of Faculty (center) holds the Exemplary Employer Award with representatives from the Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

Annually, the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) selects a regional employer that exemplifies stellar employment practices and serves as a model employer for other organizations.

These organizations are celebrated and designated as a 7 Rivers Region Exemplary Employer Recipient. On Oct. 15, 2012, Globe University-La Crosse was honored to receive this designation.

“In recognition of October as Disability Awareness Month and the WDB’s support for building an inclusive workforce, the 2012 awards were presented to two area employers who strive to meet the employment challenges facing many individuals with disabilities,” Beth Sullivan stated in a press release for the Workforce Development Board.

Globe University is proud of its measures to develop an inclusive workplace culture and has adapted practices to recruit talented staff and meet their employment needs.

“It really does not require extra effort to adapt an employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities,” Parker said.

Sullivan added, “There is misinformation among some employers that people with significant disabilities cannot work productively in high skilled, competitively paid jobs, or that the accommodations they may require are too expensive. Globe University is not one of these. The WDB applauds…Globe University for employing individuals with disabilities and is pleased to bestow the recognition.”