Local non-profit provides work to the visually impaired, talent to local business
By Ryan Amundson - Sr. Director of Communications, MMAC
MMAC incoming President Dale Kooyenga got his first chance to see the operation up and running during a visit last week. He attended the facility’s groundbreaking as a state legislator two years ago.
“One of the big things we’re hearing about from members is talent shortage, and that’s going to be problem for a long time,” he said, noting the working-age population in the region will grow by only 1 percent between now and 2040. “… What I encourage businesses to do, if they can’t find the workforce to meet their needs, check out places like Beyond Vision.”
Seeing what employment can do for those working at Beyond Vision provides inspiration to Kerlin.
“This is all extremely motivating and satisfying,” he said. “We use a metaphor to describe Beyond Vision as a ‘runway.’ It’s a place to land and a place to take off in your career. I'm very proud to say we've built a career runway and I love watching employees land and takeoff, inside and outside Beyond Vision.”