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August 7, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 41

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2013 and any unauthorized use is prohibited.

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Fulton, MO
CHARTER BUS TAKING MISSOURI SCHOOL FOR DEAF STUDENTS HOME FROM SUMMER SCHOOL OVERTURNS
About 1:15 p.m. Friday a charter bus carrying more than a dozen students from Fulton-based Missouri School for the Deaf fell onto its side in the ditch at the on ramp to I-70 at the Danville interchange near Montgomery City. The preliminary report from the Missouri Highway Patrol states a bus driver blew through a stop sign on an interstate exit ramp before careening off the right side of the on ramp. The highway patrol’s online report listed 18 injured and taken via ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. All were listed with minor injuries. / Fulton Sun

Vero Beach, FL
LAWSUIT HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH CARE DIFFICULTIES FOR THE DEAF
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing a Florida doctor and his medical practice for discrimination after allegedly immediately dropping as patients a deaf couple after learning they planned to sue a local hospital for failing to provide a sign language interpreter in the emergency room. In a case that highlights the struggles the hearing impaired sometimes face in finding adequate health care, the suit against Dr. Hal Brown and Primary Care of the Treasure Coast of Vero Beach, Fla., alleges that the doctor and the medical practice violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. / The Republic

Philadelphia, PA
FORMER PA. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TEACHER ACCUSES INSTITUTION OF ADA VIOLATIONS
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf has been named as a defendant in a civil suit accusing the Philadelphia-based educational institution of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for allegedly firing a former teacher because she requested special accommodations due to her medical conditions. Joanne Webb-Barnum, of Sicklerville, N.J., filed suit against the school on July 31 in federal court in Philadelphia. She alleges she was terminated last July after going out on medical leave less than six months earlier for treatment of her disabilities. / Pennsylvania Record

Henderson, NV
HENDERSON SETTLES COMPLAINT INVOLVING POLICE AND DEALINGS WITH THE DEAF
The city of Henderson and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement Monday after receiving complaints about the Police Department’s dealings with the deaf. According to officials, the complaints, filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act, alleged that the Henderson Police Department was not providing sufficient access to sign language interpreters or other aids when dealing with the deaf or hard of hearing. When asked if they would be willing to resolve the complaints voluntarily, the city of Henderson readily agreed. / Las Vegas Review-Journal

Delaware County, PA
SPRINGFIELD TO HONOR DEAF MAN FOR SAVING FAMILY FROM BURNING HOME
Edward Williams stood outside an unfamiliar house along West Rolling Road, desperately banging on the front door as the top of the home became engulfed in flames. For about seven minutes, no one answered. It was near 4:45 a.m. and the screen door was locked — signs that led Williams to believe people were inside, maybe even still sleeping. His fist hurt from pounding and he could feel the sweltering heat of the inferno, but he persisted. / Daily Times

North Highlands, CA
FOX40 VIEWERS BUY DEAF MAN A BIKE AFTER THIEF TOOK HIS
The sights and sounds of riding a bike are what cyclists rely on to get around. But for Troy Gellis, he only has his sight. His tricycle was quite fitting for him – until it was stolen sometime over the weekend. Gellis, who is 27 and deaf, was heartbroken. After our story aired on Monday, dozens of viewers called and e-mailed the FOX40 newsroom asking if they could help./ FOX40

Casper, WY
ALUMS, PRESERVATIONISTS FEAR CASPER DEAF-SCHOOL DEMOLITION
The former Wyoming School for the Deaf is more than just an old building to some. To Dan Frazier, who attended the school in the ‘80s, it was a life-changing experience. Julianne Orth, an alumna from the 1970s and ’80s, described learning sign language and playing sports on the playground. They, other alumni and the Casper Historic Preservation Commission believe its future is in jeopardy, though, and are attempting to garner enough support to save it. / Billings Gazette


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Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF PUPILS SUE GOVERNMENT OVER 'ABUSE COVERUP'
Former pupils from one of the country's two specialist deaf schools are suing the Government over alleged historic abuse they say was "condoned and covered up" by authorities. The former students say the Kelston School for the Deaf in Auckland failed to stop violence being committed against them when they were children and have outlined assaults they say include beatings, broken arms and a girl being thrown into a pool. The Ministry of Education has agreed to consider an out-of-court process to settle the claims, however at least one family wants to see the accused held accountable in court. / Stuff.co.nz

London, England
DOCTORS TO GIVE DEAF BOY EARS GROWN FROM HIS OWN RIBS
A boy born deaf and without any ears will grow a set from his own ribs. Surgeons will use 8-year-old Kieran Sorkin’s cartilage to build a pair of ears and graft them on to the side of his head. His birth condition, microtia, affects just one in 100,000 babies on both sides of the head and left Kieran with only small lobes where his ears should be. Kieran’s hearing is improving gradually thanks to several operations and a hearing aid anchored to his bone, but all he wants is a pair of ears so he looks like other children in the playground. / London Evening Standard

Lancashire, England
NEW DRAMA GROUP FOR DEAF CHILDREN HOLDS FIRST PERFORMANCE
Deaf children are being given the opportunity to “play it by ear” as part of a new drama group which held its first performance last week. Play it By Ear youth theatre group, which meets at Bury Deaf Society, launched in January with two members and now is attended by eight youngsters aged seven to 14. The group was founded by Wythenshawe volunteer Paul Brownsell whose son Max, aged three in September, is profoundly deaf. / This Is Lancashire

West Yorkshire, England
MUSIC PIONEER FOR DEAF PEOPLE MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Paul Whittaker knew from the age of 12 that he wanted to help other deaf children enjoy music. He had a vision in his mind for a charity, later to be called Music and the Deaf, which is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. Paul, 49 on Thursday (Aug 1), has now helped literally thousands of young deaf people discover music. / Huddersfield Examiner

Saskatoon, SK, Canada
DEAF MAN BARELY ESCAPES HOUSE FIRE
The first warning Bernard Rachinski had that something was wrong was when the doorbell light in his bedroom flicked on and woke him up at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Rachinski, 64, is deaf. He rents a room on the second floor of a house in Saskatoon. As he got dressed and went downstairs to see who could be at the door, he smelled smoke. When he got to the bottom of the stairs, the smoke was too thick to go much further. That's when he saw the fire in the doorway, which had shorted out the doorbell. / The Star Phoenix

Canterbury, New Zealand
DEAF SOCIETY HEARTBROKEN BY BUILDING'S DEMOLITION
Carol King remembers sewing the curtains for the Deaf Society of Canterbury's building in Armagh St decades ago. This afternoon, she watched with tears in her eyes as the same curtains were put in a rubbish skip. ''It's pretty emotional to see it go,'' King told The Press. ''I wanted to run in and save the curtains.'' Dozens of members of Christchurch's deaf community gathered today as their ''home of the last 50 years'' was torn down in front of them. The centre, built in 1964, was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. / Stuff.co.nz

New South Wales, Australia
DEAF ARTS OFFICER WANTED
Accessible Arts has an exciting new opportunity for a Deaf Arts Officer. The successful applicant will be responsible for building a dynamic Deaf Arts Network across New South Wales. The aim of the network is to increase the participation in and access to the arts for Deaf or hard of hearing people. / Arts Mid North Coast

Queensland, Australia
MAN IMPRISONED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A DEAF WOMAN
A 42-year-old man has been jailed for sexually assaulting a deaf woman as her children played nearby. Robert Ian Miller pleaded guilty to burglary and sexual assault when he appeared in Rockhampton District Court on Friday. He sat motionless as Crown prosecutor Russell Hood recounted the incident Miller maintains he can barely remember. It was the day after the second State of Origin in June last year and Miller had been drinking with mates in a friend's caravan. / Whitsunday Times

Tel Aviv, Israel
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING BLAST ISRAEL POLICE FOR LACK OF EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGE SYSTEM
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis who are deaf or hard of hearing can’t call the police in an emergency, because the police still lack the capability to receive calls for help via text messages. However, Kobi Yaakobi -- of the Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel -- is currently working on a solution: an application called kaftor adom (“red button”). / Haaretz

Mumbai, India
NEIGHBOR RAPES DEAF-MUTE GIRL
A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old deaf-and-mute girl who is also mentally challenged, around 6pm on Thursday. The incident took place at RBT colony in Mankhurd when the girl was alone at home. Her mother, who does domestic chores in the neighbourhood, returned home from work to find that her daughter was nowhere to be found. / DNA

Rwanda
DEAF SIBLINGS EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH ART
Diane Hirwa and Prince Nahimana are siblings and painters. They are also both deaf. Standing in their stall at the Expo, Nahimana is selling paintings that he and his sister have made. The stand attracted many customers, as well as people eager to hear their story. The artists' parents sponsored their children's education, believing in their ability to succeed in life despite the Rwandan tendency to disregard the potential of the disabled. / allAfrica.com


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Lafayette, LA
COMMON DEVICES ALLOW DEAF-BLIND TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE WORLD
Jackie Broussard was born deaf. She had inherited the genetic condition called Usher syndrome, which not only causes deafness, but often robs people of their sight later in life, too. That’s what happened to Broussard. “My vision started to fade really fast,” Broussard said. Because she communicated with sign language, approaching blindness threatened to isolate her in a world turned dark and silent. Today, Broussard is anything but isolated. / The Advertiser

Minneapolis, MN
JUDICIAL BRANCH VIDEO HELPS THOSE WHO ARE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
The Minnesota Judicial Branch has created a video to make sure citizens who are deaf or hard-of-hearing have equal access in the state court system. The video called "Going to Court: Tips for Minnesotans who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing," is a 20-minute piece that helps those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing prepare for a court appearance, and request communication assistance if needed. The video is in American Sign Language and has captions. / Seymour Tribune


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Billings, MT
DEAF INTERPRETER HELPS MONTANA HOSPITAL PATIENTS
Communication is key in our everyday lives, but imagine not being able to communicate with others when it matters most. Reporter Victoria Fregoso caught up with a Billings woman uses another's voice to speak with a majority of the population. Nancy Griffith, 55, recently made a routine visit at Billings Clinic to tend to her troubled right knee. But It's a visit she won't attend on her own. Nancy was born deaf, requiring the assistance of an interpreter. / KAJ18.com

San Diego, CA
USD STUDENT AIMS TO EDUCATE DEAF IN EAST AFRICA
Many of us tend to take speaking and hearing for granted, until we lose the ability to do either. So, imagine the challenge of pitching a business idea in sign language. That's what the first prize winner of the University of San Diego's Social Innovation Challenge did. USD is a far cry from Burundi in East Africa, where Isidore Niyongabo lost his hearing at the age of 10 after suffering from spinal meningitis, a disease many people die from in Africa, he says speaking through an interpreter. Niyongabo didn't give up. / KPBS


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Old Forge, NY
DEAF FILM CAMP GIVES TEENS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH PROS
Nearly two dozen teens gathered near the front door of Camp Mark Seven, filming a music video about their experience at the summer camp. For a movie based on a song, however, the scene of the actual filming was silent. Flying fingers and mouthed words were the sources of instruction. Famed deaf filmmaker Wayne Betts Jr. used American Sign Language to communicate with the kids, who would sign right back. / The Observer-Dispatch

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Los Angeles, CA
DEAF RAPPER, 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' ACTORS NOW MAINSTREAM STARS
Musician Sean Forbes won the award for “Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist” at the Detroit Music Awards in April. He didn’t even realize it at first. Why? He’s deaf. Forbes isn't the the only entertainer working to make being deaf a secondary issue to their talents. Matt Hamill, now a UFC fighter, became the first Deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship in 1997. Actors and actresses are getting their chances, too. / Fox News


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Aurora, CO
MAN BIKES TO ALL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUMS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE DEAF
A man who completely lost his hearing at 10 years old is now raising money for others who need cochlear implants, but in an unconventional way. Jacob Landis is biking across the country and stopping at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. He's calling it Jacob's Ride. Landis, 24, went completely deaf at 10 years old. He uses cochlear implants to hear. He's already cycled more than 4,000 miles in four months and by the end of his ride, he will bike more than 10,000 miles. / 9news.com

Little Rock, AR
MASCOT: THE ARKANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF LEOPARDS
It can be easy at first to assume that the Arkansas School for the Deaf (Little Rock) and a world famous British metal band from the 80s have a connection. It's actually just a coincidence - one that makes this school one of the most recognizable in the nation. At ASD they are the Leopards. So when it's spoken in its entirety, the school and mascot name combo ends with Deaf Leopards, eerily similar to Def Leppard. / MaxPreps


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Opening Date: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Closing Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED will be responsible for managing department directors and other agency staff; plan and direct new and current programs or services; oversight of the development of the Agency’s program budget projection; develop program goals and objectives; develop Request for Proposals; management and oversight of various Agency contracts; work and interact with the other State Government agencies; review proposed regulations; respond to multiple inquiries from legislators, other agencies and many interested parties; represent the Agency at meetings and public functions; participate in legislative activities that include presenting program and policy analysis; represent the Agency during legislative sessions.

Qualifications for the position: A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Services or a related field is required for this position. Eight (8) years managing programs or projects that include strategic planning, and/or developing and implementing programs or services that require interaction with other agencies and/or with multiple parties to include five (5) years experience in direct staff management. Substantial experience with managing complex programs and budgets, significant experience in the administration of programs and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities required.

Ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language required.
Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit your resume to Chairman Apodaca via email at Mark.Apodaca@state.nm.us. Phone calls will not be accepted.

The State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on the Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, please visit www.cdhh.state.nm.us.

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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!

As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:

-- CASE MANAGER (full time position)
-- STAFF INTERPRETER (full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR (full time position)
-- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS (full-time, part-time and on-call positions available)

Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
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614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

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MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN (MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST)
Duluth, Minnesota
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services

$22.62 - $33.34 hourly ($47,231 - $ 69,614 annually)

Contact: john.gournaris@state.mn.us

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing adults coping with mental health issues in Duluth, MN and Northeast Minnesota. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for deaf and hard of hearing adults. The candidate will be housed in Duluth and will travel in Northeast Minnesota on a regular basis.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:


Provide direct mental health services (independently or with supervision) to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and their families. Responsibilities include: individual/couples/family/group psychotherapy, intake evaluation, treatment planning, some clinical case management, inter-agency coordination, and psycho-education. Complete intake evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other reports as required. Some consultation duties are also involved (in-services and workshops on Deaf culture and mental health). Maintain close contact with local acute psychiatric units and group homes ensuring that their services are accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Assist in client capacity building in the regions covered.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:


Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota
Knowledge of clinical/crisis interventions and psychiatric medications
Ability to provide consultation services to mental health care organizations
Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork duties accurately and in a timely manner
Ability to multi-task and cope under stressful circumstances
Excellent client advocacy and interpersonal skills
Thorough knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics and DSM diagnoses
Fully competent in Deaf and hearing cross-cultures
Willingness to perform some duties at remote work sites, involving some statewide travel
Experienced or familiar with a statewide system of mental health services
Knowledge of the video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THIS JOB?


Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others using your expertise in mental health, ASL, and Deaf Culture? We seek an enthusiastic and innovative mental health clinician to provide services to deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing adults coping with mental health issues in Northeast Minnesota. These services will enable deaf clients to freely access culturally affirmative mental health services in their home communities. In addition to counseling individual deaf and hard-of-hearing clients, the Mental Health Specialist may also work with couples, families, and groups when available. This position will work with a team of professional colleagues based at the DHHSD Northeast Regional Office in Duluth, MN and will travel across 7 area counties.

Duluth, Minnesota:

Duluth is located on the north shore of beautiful Lake Superior. Duluth is also accessible to ocean-going vessels from the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles away via the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. As one of the major tourist destinations for the Midwest, Duluth features America's only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium; the Aerial Lift Bridge, which spans the Duluth Ship Canal into the Duluth–Superior Harbor, and Minnesota Point (known as Park Point locally). Minnesota is considered one of the top 10 healthiest and active places in the country. It has the most golf courses per capita in the country and is truly an outdoor paradise with over 12,000 lakes and beautiful forests.

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POSITION NOTICE
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POSITION: MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH / PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR
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NOTE: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS DISCLOSING CREDENTIALS PERTAINING TO THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED. WILL BE SUBJECT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Familiarity and experience in coaching basketball teams. Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years related experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Skills and other qualifications desired in physical education and recruiting. Teaching PE classes as needed. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and be capable of driving a college van.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
Promote physical fitness through instruction and team activities. Scout and recruit quality student athletes and ensure that all recruiting activities are within regulations. Monitor scholarship and travel budget. Schedule competitions and conduct regular practice sessions in and out of season. For a complete list of job duties please inquire.

SALARY RANGE: Per Faculty Schedule

POSITION AVAILABLE: Immediately

TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:

HOWARD COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
1001 BIRDWELL LANE
BIG SPRING, TX 79720
(432) 264-5100 phone
www.howardcollege.edu

POSTED: July 25, 2013

It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class. Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

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POSITION NOTICE
SWCID CAMPUS

POSITION: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH / PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR
#13-101

NOTE: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS DISCLOSING CREDENTIALS PERTAINING TO THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED. WILL BE SUBJECT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Familiarity and experience in coaching basketball teams. Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years related experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Skills and other qualifications desired in physical education and recruiting. Teaching PE classes as needed. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and be capable of driving a college van.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:
Promote physical fitness through instruction and team activities. Scout and recruit quality student athletes and ensure that all recruiting activities are within regulations. Monitor scholarship and travel budget. Schedule competitions and conduct regular practice sessions in and out of season. For a complete list of job duties please inquire.

SALARY RANGE: Per Faculty Schedule

POSITION AVAILABLE:
Immediately

TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:

HOWARD COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
1001 BIRDWELL LANE
BIG SPRING, TX 79720
(432) 264-5100 phone
www.howardcollege.edu

POSTED: July 17, 2013

It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class. Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

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