Spectrum Design, graduating from Nicholas Center’s first screen printing course

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Port Washington-based nonprofits advocating for jobs and life skills in autism have recognized their first class of graduating students from the American Screen Print Association.

The Spectrum Designs Foundation and the Nicholas Center honored the students, who learned industry-standard processes while training for the job market. The ceremony took place outdoors at the Sousa Bandshell in Port Washington last week.

“You have studied and been certified in an industry and process that dates back almost a thousand years and now bring your skills to help Spectrum Designs over the next decade,” said Patrick Bardsley, co-founder and CEO of Spectrum Designs in a press release. .

Spectrum Design is a bespoke clothing social enterprise, opening a second location in Westchester. The nonprofit organization offers consumers the opportunity to make a “meaningful purchase by providing paid employment and meaningful work experiences for people with autism and developmental disabilities,” according to the organization.

Classes included hands-on training within the Spectrum Designs print facility, including spending time in each department (screen printing/embroidery/DTG), workshop training – six hours a day to ensure a higher level of endurance, attention to detail and on-task performance. Class work included videos of various screen printing-specific processes and industry standards that provided a broader experience for trainees.

Bardsley spoke of the organization’s commitment to “investing in people”.

“We want to make you better at your job, so you can in turn make us better at ours,” he said. “We want to see you grow alongside us because, without you, we are just a building with several tons of metal machinery and cotton t-shirts.”

Spectrum Designs works in partnership with The Nicholas Center, whose business model was designed to foster independence and provide support in an integrated work environment.

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