Fifth Third Bank Honored For Hiring People With Disabilities

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Sending a well deserved congratulations to Fifth Third Bank, and its employees.

It was recently recognized recognized by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) as a Champion of Opportunityfor the bank’s commitment and leadership in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio’s workforce.

“Fifth Third understands that integrating individuals with disabilities into their workforce is good for the community, the company and good for business,” said OOD Executive Director Kevin L. Miller. “Inclusion and engagement is more than just a policy on paper, it is an active part of the culture and management at Fifth Third.”

Fifth Third Bank honored for hiring people with disabilitiesThe Champion of Opportunity Award honors companies that have gone “above and beyond” in their commitment and who serve as statewide examples of what it means to provide quality employment opportunities and increased independence for individuals with disabilities.

“Being awarded the Champion of Opportunity Award is a significant honor for our Company,” said Teresa Tanner, executive vice president & Chief Human Resource Officer at Fifth Third Bank. “This recognition is due, in large part, with our role as an original collaborator on Project SEARCH, a school-to-work internship program for students with developmental and physical disabilities. We operate three Project SEARCH campuses today and are honored to help our students find meaningful careers. We’re especially proud of the many Project SEARCH graduates that are now members of our Fifth Third employee family.”

The Opportunity Awards were created to highlight Ohio companies committed to providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. For more information and a listing of the 2014 award winners please visit http://www.ood.ohio.gov/Employers/Opportunity-Awards.

OOD is committed to engaging and educating Ohio businesses on the benefits of recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities. Its business relations model works directly with Ohio companies to understand their workforce needs, quickly match job seekers with specific openings, and provide needed assistance and training.

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