ACE Program

ACE Program

When it comes down to Community Involvement, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center prioritizes those initiatives and is involved with many “Hope Through Hospitality” events. One organization that is near and dear to NHCC’s heart would be The Alpha Group. The Alpha Group is a non-profit organization that has been providing services to individuals with disabilities for over 45 years. In fact, The Alpha Group has grown to become one of the largest provider of service to individuals with developmental disabilities in Delaware County and continues to grow both in services and service locations surrounding Delaware County. The mission at The Alpha Group is To offer individuals with disabilities an array of quality programs and services enabling them to achieve, and hopefully exceed their goals.

ACE Program
One such program that NHCC has a fondness for would be the ACE Program. ACE stands for Alpha Community Experience. This program was developed by The Alpha Group and piloted at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center back in 2015. The program was designed so individuals can experience different jobs to find out what best suits their skill set, abilities and of course, their interests. The program is a rotation of anywhere from 4-6 jobs at NHCC. Each ACE participant starts out in one area and then rotates to another job after a period of 2-3 weeks with a total of 12 weeks to complete the program. Through a series of these targeted internships, the individuals acquire competitive, marketable and transferrable skills to enable them to apply for a related position. In addition to the rotation through the jobs, Alpha also provides some classroom time to these individuals every Wednesday. This Wednesday classroom time enables the individuals to work on behaviors at work and problem-solving techniques. Alpha’s job coaches and department staff also provide support to these interns along with NHCC staff. Many friendships and positive experiences have been had by all with the development of this program. We are proud to announce that both Greg McNamara and Rachel Berman from the first ACE graduating class were hired and continued to be employed through NHCC to date. There have been 36 participants in the ACE program since October 2015.
So, go ahead, leap into your next “outside the box” idea- it just might prove to be the experience that many are looking for. In our case, it just took one person from the Alpha Group with a vision to make some real-life experiences happen for some very deserving individuals- and well- that’s cool!