Since opening for business in 1973, Randolph Vocational Workshop, Inc. (RVW) has been providing vocational evaluation and rehabilitation programs for developmentally disabled, emotionally disturbed, physically disabled adults or Work First participants who face the challenges of finding and maintaining employment in the community.

This venture was originally named Randolph Sheltered Workshop, Inc., and had its roots in a 1972 initiative chartered by Carl Ziegler, F. Richard Baker and Wilkes Macaulay. These three men served as the original Board of Directors. The workshop was started with $12,000 in funding raised by a steering committee and augmented with federal and state grants. Eddie Davis, executive director, was hired in late 1972 to run the workshop and he continues to lead this venture under its new name – Randolph Vocational Workshop, Inc.

In the beginning, subcontracted work from area businesses provided training and income for those who were part of the sheltered workshop. As RVW grew to train and place more workers, subcontracting expanded to address a multitude of outsourcing needs for many companies. A number of RVW job trainees were successfully placed in jobs throughout the community and many have earned praise and promotions from their employers. Success stories abound; some of the entry-level job placements have even grown into managerial or supervisory positions.

Randolph Vocational Workshop, Inc. is a private, non-profit company. It has had a contractual agreement with the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services since the beginning and receives financial support from them. Subcontracted and outsourcing services also provide revenue and contributions from individuals and groups play a significant role in supporting RVW. All financial contributions and gifts in kind are tax-deductible.

The Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) first accredited RVW in 1998 and re-accreditation is addressed every three years.

Today, Randolph Vocational Workshop, Inc.’s Board of Directors includes: Larry Bulla, Pat Derrick, Larry Garner, Arnold Lanier, Tom Morris and Jo Reid. In additional to Executive Director, Eddie Davis, many long-term staff members have invested their careers at RVW, developing job opportunities and job placements for people in need of the right training and opportunities. And thousands of people and scores of businesses in this area have enjoyed the benefits of training and working, or finding dependable outsourcing through this vital community resource!

Randolph Vocation Workshop, Inc. is a private non-profit vocational rehabilitation facility. It is associated with the North Carolina Department of Human Resouces; the division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health.





"It has been a pleasure
to partner with the staff at Randolph Vocational Workshop. The services provided to Goodyear Asheboro Wire Plant's
Die Shop are timely, dependable and accurate."

~ Rodney Ange




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