After nearly 39 years, Job Training & Placement Report, the longest newsletter of its kind serving the supported employment industry, ceased publication with its May 2015 issue. Impact Publications had published the newsletter since 1997, when Publisher Scott Kolpien bought it from Jones Publishing, where he was previously employed. JTPR provided readers with practical information to assist them in securing employment for people with disabilities.
As well as the 8-page monthly newsletter, JTPR also featured three monthly bulletins for sub-audiences within the supported employment field: Training Connection, for job training and placement supervisors; Training Tool-Kit, for job developers to share with their job-seeking clients; and Workplace Connection, designed to educate employers about the need for them to employ people with disabilities.
Graphics and the use of color improved dramatically over the years, but while JTPR changed with the times and became increasingly reader friendly, the emphasis remained on practical and relevant information.
But the handwriting was on the wall for the newsletter, once known as Information Management before changing its name to Job Training & Placement Report in 1988. Costing an increasing amount of money to edit, lay out, print and mail than it was bringing in, Impact had little choice but to cease production. “We are really sorry to see JTPR go,” wrote Kolpien. “I have personally been the publisher of it for over 25 of the 39 years it has been in existence. It sure has been fun and we met a lot of good people along the way.”
Mike Jacquart, who had edited the newsletter since 2004, agreed. “I worked with a lot of talented individuals and writers: Cary Griffin, Allen Anderson, and Kathleen Carol, to name a few. They were extremely dedicated in securing jobs for people with disabilities. I was diagnosed with depression and ADD myself in 2002, so I knew what it was like to struggle on the job. I always felt we were on the same team.”
Abby Hoeft only recently came on board as contributing editor, but she also expressed that she will miss the newsletter. “As someone with a disability, I’ve contended with my own unique set of challenges regarding employment,” Abby wrote.
“I am sorry to hear the JTPR will no longer be published,” wrote one subscriber and contributor. “This is the only publication I have received in the 32-33 years I have been here that was exceptional.”