SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A hands-on workforce training program is helping people with disabilities land jobs.
Hands On @ Hyatt provides two weeks of on-the-job training at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Students in the culinary training program get 100 hours of paid training, working with professional chefs.
Kyle Lovell was a student in the program and ultimately landed a full-time job at the Hyatt as a cook.
"We're all here at the end of the day to work, to find a job, to make it on our own," said Lovell, "I hope everyone that has a disability knows they aren't alone."
Lovell has a learning disability, but the program works with people ranging from physical disabilities to hearing impairment.
"I hope employers will see there are people out there with challenges that can work really hard and do a really good job," said Lovell.
While unemployment hovers around 4 percent, it's twice as high for people with disabilities.
The state-funded program is a partnership of Florida-based company Hands on Educational Services.