Moving up the Ranks Despite Disability
4/5/2013 (Updated 10:00:00 PM)(Source: Jason Weinstein)
Kenneth Harvey has spent six years working at McDonalds, the last two as a crew trainer at the restaurant in Endwell. All the while he's been executing a plan - one he hopes will lead to him being a store manager for the restaurant chain.
"It's a lot of responsibility. You have to work hard day and night. You have to be focused on what stuff you have to do," said Harvey.
Harvey is a client of Achieve, which works to help clients overcome developmental disabilities to enter the workforce. But Kenny's desire to enter management goes beyond the modest goal of simply gaining employment.
"It does kick it up. We have to think more on a managerial term as opposed to an entry-level position," said Achieve Job Placement Specialist Christine Matthews.
"It teaches me more respect for others. It helps me build some momentum. And it also helped me see who I was," said Harvey.
Becoming store manager is the next step for Kenny after working his way up from crew member to crew trainer - a position he's currently proving himself in.
"He brings an understanding to the Crew Training Program that others might not have - the understanding to be patient with other crew members, maybe presenting it in a different way. Because if you're explaining from a manager's point of view of what to do Kenny has a different perspective of how to do it from a crew person's perspective," said McDonald's Store Manager Jeremiah Lake.
So there's only one question left when it comes to Kenny's ultimate
goal. Does he have what it takes to be a store manager?
"We'll see," said Lake.
"Kenny definitely has it in him. Absolutely," said Matthews.
"Yes, I do. Actually I do," said Harvey.
****In Endwell, Jason Weinstein, Fox 40 HD News.****
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