"My goal is to get everything done on time," Jim Gargiulo said as he darted around the kitchen area of the Colgate University Dining Hall dining hall where he works checking on food supplies and making sure everything is in order.
It's about 9:30 a.m. and Gargiulo is already moving around the kitchen at a rapid pace, making sure everything is where it needs to be for the day's tasks.
For Gargiulo, the rest of the day will be spent putting food shipments where they need to go.
Gargiulo is part of a team, and has worked at the dining hall since 2007 as a dishwasher and utility worker.
Part of Gargiulo's job is to prep the industrial sized kitchen sinks for large pot and pan jobs. He also helps out with receiving food shipments that occur 2 to 3 times per day. On a daily basis the dining hall, known as the "Coop" in the O'Connor Building on campus, typically serves 800 to 900 people.
"That's a typical day," Gargiulo said with a grin.
Darren Pollack, the retail dining manager and one of Gargiulo's Supervisors said, "Jim does a really good job at maintaining our standards." While Pollack likes to commend all his employees, he adds that Jim truly is an exemplary employee.
"I think it would be good for Jim to be recognized as an example of how well the program can work," Pollack added. The program Pollack is talking about is Alternatives Vocational Services, also known as AVS.
AVS is a program offered at Madison Cortland ARC to help people find a job. AVS matches prospective employees with employers. This is accomplished by providing job development, job coaching and follow-along services. This allows the employee the opportunity for increased wages and greater independence. The program allows the employer a chance to foster integration of people with disabilities into the workforce.