The Center for Organizational Effectiveness at Florida Tech, a training and research center for students in graduate and undergraduate industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology degree programs, has partnered with Promise in Brevard to develop and conduct a free vocational training course for that agency’s clients.
Promise in Brevard, co-founded by Betsy Farmer, serves adults with developmental disabilities. The South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management is also involved in the partnership, which centers on training people working in Promise’s Promise Treasures thrift shop.
Center Director Lisa Steelman, senior associate dean, associate professor and program chair of I/O Psychology at Florida Tech, noted that I/O graduate student Kelsey Perkins was instrumental in the early success of the partnership.
“The FIT students and faculty have developed a series of trainings that will help our Promisers gain skills and tools that will benefit them not only in the workplace but in every aspect of their lives,” Farmer said.