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Phillips partners with Vista school for workforce training

By , - Last modified: May 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Phillips Office Products Inc. is partnering with The Vista School to support an assessment program used as a precursor to workforce training, according to a news release.

The Derry Township-based school has 74 students with moderate to severe autism.

It recently launched its Super Shredders program, in which six students are responsible for collecting paper daily, shredding regularly and disposing of the waste appropriately, the school said.

"The students can practice being punctual, clocking in and out, wearing uniforms, working independently, taking breaks at appropriate times, returning to work without reminders and leaving when they complete their tasks," MaryLou Logan, job coach at Vista, said in a statement.

Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County-based Phillips donated a paper shredder to the program. The company brands itself as Phillips Office Solutions.

"It is Phillips' mission to help make people and organizations more productive," President Peter Phillips said in the release, "and Super Shredders struck us as a really neat way to help prepare the Vista students to become productive members of the work force."

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