VERC Enterprises, a car wash, convenience store, and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has announced its affiliation with the Minute Man Arc Jump Start Program.

The pre-employment and transition program was established to provide internship opportunities to young people with disabilities, allowing clients of Minute Man Arc to acquire work experience prior to seeking employment. Jump Start is a collaboration between Minute Man Arc and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, offering individuals between the ages of 16 and 22 groundbreaking, real work experience. Participants receive extensive job training from seasoned professionals and then are matched to paid internships where they are coached to do their best work.

VERC Enterprises, which has held a long relationship with Minute Man Arc, recently welcomed its first Jump Start intern for a six-to-eight-week internship. Over the years, VERC has provided employment to numerous Minute Man Arc clients and has been recognized by the agency for its policy to hire workers with disabilities.