On August 26, 2014, the City of Temecula is pleased to re-launch the Fall Session of the Global Citizens Viticulture/Hospitality Vocational Training Program. It is estimated that 80 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed; and of those with jobs, only 20 percent have full time employment. This is due, in part, to gaps in services and the lack of opportunities for inclusion and accommodations on the job.
As the “Heart of Southern California Wine Country”, the City of Temecula collaborated with Spero Vineyards to design the Global Citizens Viticulture/Hospitality Vocational Program. This is a specialized vocational program that will teach basic computer skills, local vineyard history, hospitality, and customer service skills in addition to the agriculture that is a part of the wine making business.
The objective of the program is to increase employment opportunities for individuals with special needs by preparing and equipping students to achieve independence through meaningful work, recreation and community involvement. Students will exit the program with a certificate in customer service, a food handler’s license card, knowledge in viticulture, and new and/or enhanced skills that will have prepared them for a job.
Councilman Mike Naggar stated, “Among many of our programs, this is another great program we can be proud of. Our ultimate goal is to reach the business community, raise awareness and sensitivity towards the employment of people with disabilities; and identify jobs so that our youth can contribute and be productive members of society”.
Student’s will be performing their first field expierence for the Fall Session at Spero Vineyards which will include harvesting, cutting, pruning, sorting, and cleaning grapes. For more information about the program, please contact 951-693-3902.
City of Temecula Media Contact(s):
Kevin Hawkins, Director of Community Service
Telephone: (951) 694-6444
Yvette Martinez, Inclusion Services Specialist
Telephone: (951) 693-3902
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