The History of Venango Training and Development Center, Inc.
It all started over forty years ago, when a small group of families from Venango County came together to create a day program that would provide their children with disabilities meaningful activities, where they could learn different skills.  In 1968, the operation known as “Venango Diagnostics Center” was moved to Rouseville School.  This was where individuals with disabilities had the first opportunity to work on subcontract work and earn a pay check, while in vocational training.  From there, on January 23, 1973, the Venango Training & Development Center, Inc. (VTDC) was incorporated as a 501 C 3 non-profit and 22 trainees were provided with programs that taught them daily living skills at a small facility in Rocky Grove.  In 1980, serving 60 individuals, VTDC moved to our current location at 239 Quaker Drive, in Seneca and as they say “the rest is history”. 
A ribbon-cutting event was held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to mark the 40-year anniversary of Venango Training and Development Center Inc. of Seneca. Those attending were (from left) Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce executive assistant Jodi Lewis, training center board members Lisa Groner and Matt Nerone, trainees Christopher Emick and James McCord, training center CEO Colleen Stuart and Venango Area Chamber of Commerce director Susan Williams. McCord and Emick were honored as trainees of the year.

Since that time VTDC has increased not only the types of programs available to persons with disabilities, but included providing services to the disadvantaged population as well, expanding their “foot print” throughout eight counties in northwest Pennsylvania.  Those counties include Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Venango and Warren Counties.   Boasting programs of excellence over the years, VTDC has been fortunate to be nominated and awarded the “Outstanding Rehabilitation Agency Award” by the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Agencies four times since 1993 and received the first “Partner of the Year” award from the NW PA Workforce Investment Board in 2008.  Today, through a dedicated 11 member Board of Directors and over 100 professional staff, VTDC is serving thousands of disabled and disadvantaged individuals through Production Centers, Adult Training Facilities, Home & Community Habilitation Programs, Supported Employment Programs, Mental Health Fairweather Lodge Programs, Drop In Centers, Workforce Investment Act Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Programs.  VTDC has also created a network of over 200 community partners throughout the region.  With the support of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program funds, those partners are working together to support programs and services that help youth become the trained pipeline our employers need.

Over the years, VTDC has also become a premier “Contract Packager” and “Commercial Janitorial Service” throughout the region.  Through their Business Service Division, VTDC provides employment for both the individuals in their pre-vocational training programs and the community at large.  Working with over 100 businesses, through subcontract work and placing people in employment, VTDC works hard to promote the economic development and progress in our communities.

The C.E.O. Colleen Stuart stated “VTDC will continue to evolve to the needs of the community, helping people to reach their highest potential, while helping to create the workforce of tomorrow. We are committed to recognizing that if the individuals we serve have a will to work, we will find a way for them to work.”  The Board and staff of VTDC are doing just that and look forward to the next 40 years.