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The Point Arc to locate another Point Perk Coffee shop inside the Kentucky Career Center

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The Point Arc and the Kentucky Career Center have partnered to bring a Point Perk Coffee location inside the Kentucky Career Center.

The new partnership will begin in September with a soft opening and a grand opening in late September. Point Perk operating hours are Monday’s and Thursday’s from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Point Perk Coffee is a social enterprise run by The Point Arc of Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati. Point Perk currently employs four individuals with intellectual and development disabilities at the Covington location on Pike St.

With the addition of this satellite location, The Point’s Social Communications Program will use Point Perk for the learning benefits of their students.

The Point Perk team. (Photo provided)

Jennifer Wells, The Point’s director of transition, employment, and social communications, along with her team, will spearhead the Kentucky Career Center location with students from The Point’s Career Explorations Program. The Career Exploration Program gives high school students the opportunity to learn about various careers by participating in hands-on work experiences at local businesses.

Point Perk opened in late 2015 as the newest business endeavor of The Point Arc, a local nonprofit. This full-service coffee shop is both a high-quality asset for the community and a life-giving employment opportunity for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The mission of The Point Arc is to provide services to people with these disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and Fragile X syndrome to help them become active community participants.

The Kentucky Career Center, powered by the Northern KY Workforce Investment Board, provides quality, customer-friendly access to career, training, and educational services that help businesses meet their workforce demands and job seekers achieve their career goals.

The Northern KY Workforce Investment Board is made-up of local business and community leaders from Northern Kentucky’s eight counties of Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton.

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