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Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions partners with Garland ISD to support special education


Reading, writing and arithmetic are the basics of education. Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions LLC has partnered with the Garland Independent School District (GISD) in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area to help students find their place in the workforce before graduating school.

The initiative is called Project Search—a national program for special education students. “Atlas Copco is pleased to be partnering with GISD to focus on the abilities of young adults by providing hands-on work experiences,” said Jessica Byrd, Human Resources Manager for Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions.
“Providing training and services that will help students with disabilities make a successful transition from high school to post-school activities is extremely important,” added Nidia Parra, GISD’s director of Special Education. “Finding the right job is not easy for any individual.  It is especially difficult for individuals who face special challenges, such as a disability.  My hope is that our students will gain essential job skills that will result in a sense of accomplishment and pride in themselves.”
Implementing one of Texas’ first three Project Search programs, GISD will partner with Atlas Copco to offer a one-year internship program for students aged 18-21. The inaugural 2013-14 year will accommodate eight special education students, who will complete three 10-week internship rotations.
Project Search will help students transition to life after school by providing a real work environment coupled with instruction from a GISD teacher and job coach. Internships include engineering, construction, inventory and administrative responsibilities. Though they may not pursue a career in manufacturing, students will learn skills that can easily transfer.
“Community engagement is at the core of Atlas Copco’s culture, and this initiative has given us a unique opportunity to develop the job skills and talent of young adults right here in the Garland community,” added Byrd.

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Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions is a division within Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of rotary drilling equipment for use in surface mining, exploration, construction, water well, aggregate, and shallow oil and gas applications worldwide. The divisional headquarters and main production center are located in Garland, Texas, USA. 
For more information:
Justin Cocchiola, Communications Manager
Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions LLC
Telephone: 972-496-7400; Fax: 972-496-7425