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Wilma Mack Outreach Specialist and Adama Jabati, Job Seeker attend - Center City Proprietors Association Lunch with City's Leaders - Todd Carmichael, CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe Torrefaction

May 11th Job Fair for People with Disabilities sponsored by OVR & Sierra Group Academy &

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Janet Fiore, President/CEO KEYNOTES for Venago County Human Services annual Awards Banquet. "The Power of Community starts with You"

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Looking to Meet OFCCP 7% Rule Goals?

You can take part in our future mentoring days, mock interview days and tutoring. You can also find candidates by joining our Recruit Disability Job Board.

The Sierra Group Foundations' Job Board -- -- Celebrates Anniversary

Free ADA Rights Clinic

The Academy hosts second free disability rights legal clinic. Staff at the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations were on hand to discuss discrimination complaints, accommodations and more. The clinic provided individuals with disabilities information and resources on disability-based discrimination, how to obtain reasonable accommodations, work incentive programs to maintain public benefits while working, and unemployment compensation. Special thanks to Julie Foster for organizing!

16 Major Regional and US Companies Attended a Job Fair with over 165 Job Seekers with Disabilities

Joanna Tiu, Janet Fiore, Sarah Price
at the Job Fair for People with Disabilities

On March 6th, 16 major regional and U.S. companies attended a Job Fair with over 165 job seekers with disabilities. Co-hosted by, a Program of The Sierra Group Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and its Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, individuals with disabilities, including Veterans, networked with companies including Jefferson, Comcast, TD Bank, Coca-Cola and more!

In addition to the "Job Fair Floor," Career Exploration activities were offered in The Sierra Group Academy’s FULLY ACCESSIBLE computer labs. Immediate job search, online applications and mock interviews were facilitated by OVR Interns, Business Volunteers, and Academy staff and students.

This time-sensitive Job Fair was held just weeks before new Department of Labor rules for Federal Contractors to recruit and employ more individuals with disabilities went into effect on March 24th. The new Rules set a 7% hiring goal, and other recruiting mandates for businesses that sell goods and services to the Federal Government. Americans with disabilities represent the largest group of unemployed Americans. “This is a big change for employers, but a win-win for individuals with disabilities looking to add their talents to America’s workforce,” said Janet Fiore, President of The Sierra Group Foundation.


Public/Pvt. Partnerships at Work! PA OVR & Job Fair Making News

Recruit Disability OVR Job Fair for People with Disabilities – 3-6-2014 at The Sierra Group Academy

Running with a Purpose Supporting to Team Academy

You made a difference!

Thanks to participants and sponsors that supported Team Academy in the 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon.

View Team Academy pictures of the marathon.

Janet Fiore & Kate Kelly holds a sign showing Team Academy sponsors

Janet Fiore, CEO The Sierra Group, Inc., and Kate Kelly, marathon runner, hold up sign showing Team Academy sponsors.

Sponsors for Team Academy 2013 Marathon

  • Sugarhouse Casino
  • TD Bank
  • King of Prussia Rotary
  • Beneficial Insurance
  • Burgess Communications
  • Cassidy Medical
  • Clairmont Paciello & Co., PC
  • Denise Barnes
  • James Doorcheck, Inc.

View more Team Academy pictures of the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon.

Sponsors for Team Academy 2013 Marathon

  • King of Prussia Rotary
  • Sugarhouse Casino
  • TD Bank
  • Beneficial Insurance
  • James Doorcheck, Inc.

The Sierra Group Academy was one of 28 regional non-profits hand selected by The Philadelphia Marathon as an approved non-profit partner. The Workplace Technology Foundation (D/B/A The Sierra Group Foundation, a 501 c-3 non-profit), The Academy is Philadelphia’s premier training program for adults with disabilities.

Adaptive Robot meets CEO of The Sierra Group!

Adaptive Robot meets CEO of The Sierra Group! Fiore states, "Nao the robot is an endearing device! I'm eager to have him meet our clients"

More information on Nao the robot.

Access Achievement Award

Mayor Nutter and Janet Fiore

On October 21st, The Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities recognized Janet Fiore, CEO of The Sierra Group, with an Access Achievement Award for her work and dedication to people with disabilities.

Video of Janet Fiore's acceptance speech at the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission Access Achievement Award on October 21, 2011.

Excellence in Action

Many of our students have had life-changing experiences at The Academy. Through Assistive Technology, Writing, Computers and more we teach that it is still possible to achieve your dreams, regardless of the obstacles that life has placed in your path. "Excellence in Action" preserves the stories that remind us all of the importance of the relationships formed and the lessons learned at The Academy.

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