Melissa Gousse Earns Work Incentive Practitioner Certification

SUNRISE, FL – (December 5, 2016) – Melissa Gousse, Training and Career Development Manager, at ARC Broward’s Center for Financial Stability (CFS), recently completed the necessary coursework and subsequent case review activities at Cornell University’s K. Lisa Yan and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and is now credentialed as a Work Incentive Practitioner.

This intensive certification process was nearly a year-long endeavor and represents high quality service provision and expertise in work incentives. Work incentives pave the way to work and financial independence for recipients of public benefits. All public benefits programs and pensions provide incentives for recipients with disabilities to return to work.

Melissa’s certification is an example of how the CFS program strives to assist individuals with disabilities to earn, keep and grow assets while remaining employed, out of poverty and achieving self-sufficiency.

A graduate from Florida Atlantic University with dual degrees in Sociology and Intercultural and Organizational Communication, she recently celebrated her 8 year anniversary at ARC Broward.


ARC Broward’s Center for Financial Stability assists individuals with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment, completing post-secondary education or occupational skills training and increases their knowledge of financial stability concepts and behaviors. Long-term engagement in these services ultimately allows participants to earn, keep and grow assets while remaining employed, out of poverty and achieving self-sufficiency. For more information, visit


Since 1956, ARC Broward has worked hand-in-hand with the community to provide the encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes so that people with disabilities and other life challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

The not-for-profit organization operates three “mission-based” enterprises that provide training and employment opportunities for individuals served while generating revenue to help fund services. These include the ARC Broward Learning Institute, ARC Broward Culinary Institute and ARC Broward IT Asset Recovery. ARC Broward also provides services through 21 programs in nine locations across Broward County. To learn more or to donate, visit ( or call (954) 746-9400. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.