CPRF receives $5,000 grant for students with disabilities

Wichita, Kan.  – CPRF’s School of Adaptive Computer Training received a $5,000 grant from Westar Energy in support of its Business Fundamentals for Youth program.

The Business Fundamentals for Youth (BFY) program is designed as a launching pad for high school students with disabilities to achieve their future educational and vocational goals. Focusing on employment readiness in a highly competitive job market, BFY places emphasis on technological proficiency and customer service, with students achieving industry-recognized credentials by earning Microsoft Office Specialist certifications.

Students also learn how to develop a resume and build their professional skills by interacting in a business environment. Referred to the program by USD 259 Transition Specialists, students earn two credit hours toward their high school graduation.

“Throughout the course of the semester, we see our students build their confidence, improve their self-esteem, and grow their social skills,” said Bob Shurden, Director of CPRF’s School of Adaptive Computer Training. “Bottom line – when our students graduate, we know they are leaving with job skills and soft skills that will benefit them for life. Thank you, Westar Energy, for helping to make this program possible for our students.”

Melissa Mantz, Westar Energy Manager of Quality Assurance Contact Center Operations, presented the check to Shurden and Janis Krohe, CPRF Vice President of Employment Services. Mantz volunteers on the school’s Business Advisory Council.

“I have had the privilege to serve on the Business Advisory Council and am honored to present the $5,000 dollar award to CRPF,” said Mantz. “Westar Energy wants to be a good neighbor and community partner with the communities we serve. To enhance the computer technical skills and marketability of people with disabilities and others affected by the digital divide allows Westar to invest in the education of the community’s workforce. Westar is proud to partner with CPRF.”


About the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc. – Founded in 1972, CPRF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide people with all types of disabilities customized services and supports – with an emphasis on employment and training – to facilitate their chosen personal and economic independence. CPRF provides wrap-around services geared toward independence, with employment services, customized wheelchair fabrication, funding for assistive technology/medical equipment, adult day services, adaptive computer training, case management, and more.