Phenix Technology Celebrates the Graduation of its First Work Study Cohort

Dec. 1, 2023
The 10-week cohort provided opportunities for four incredible individuals from the neurodiverse community.

RIVERSIDE, CA. — Phenix Technology, Inc. (Phenix), a 51-year-old Riverside-based firefighting equipment manufacturer completes its first Opportunity for All Training Cohort in support of individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. The 10-week cohort provided opportunities for four incredible individuals from the neurodiverse community, accompanied by their dedicated job coaches, in an immersive work study opportunity. Candidates spent 10 weeks learning about the rich history of Phenix, insights into the products they create, and took a deep dive into their renowned lean manufacturing program. Over the course of the 10 weeks, they completed comprehensive learning experiences, which included: On-the-job training, personal development activities, soft skills workshops, and tailored training. Participants also had the opportunity to participate in a job fair hosted by Phenix and the County of Riverside Workforce Development, undergo mock interviews, and will now celebrate their achievements at a graduation ceremony. Best of all, one of the candidates will begin a new role with American Medical Response of Riverside on December 4, 2023, with the other three candidates actively engaged in job search activities.

“Ten weeks ago, we welcomed four new family members into Phenix. In a short period of time, we watched them grow and develop into true professionals with the skills and characteristics every employer is looking for. I couldn’t be prouder of what they have accomplished.” said Phenix OFA Program Administrator Bailey Comstock.

 In June of 2023, The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) named Phenix Technology, Inc. as an EmployABILITY Business Grant recipient. The EmployABILITY Business Grant provides $20,000-$200,000 in funding to California-based small- and medium-sized businesses, like Phenix, to expand their operations for hiring individuals with disabilities. The grant funding assisted Phenix with strategically growing the Opportunity for All program they started in 2021.

 The Opportunity for All program was started by Phenix in November of 2021 and has provided work experience opportunities for fourteen people, five of whom have accepted permanent positions with the company. The program has five components including: Targeted hiring of neurodiverse candidates, structured work study, development of a scientific academic training program for employers, identification and support of employers in expanding their DSEI efforts, and building of awareness with local, state, and federal legislators and agencies about the impact of expanding neurodiverse workforce development. 

For more information on the Phenix Technology, Inc. Opportunity for All program visit


About Phenix Technology, Inc.

Founded in 1972 by fire captains Ronny Coleman and Ray Russell, Phenix Technology, Inc. provides firefighters around the world with high quality, entirely American-made fire helmets. Today, Phenix still aims to leave the world a better place while developing fire helmets that are always made “for firefighters, by firefighters.” For more information on Phenix, visit


About the California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in the country, providing services to over 116,000 persons with disabilities in fiscal year 2022. Learn more at


About the Demand Side Employment Initiative (DSEI) and the EmployABILITY Business Grant 

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) created the Demand Side Employment Initiative (DSEI) as an employer incentive program to support businesses to expand or start hiring people with disabilities. Learn more at The EmployABILITY Business Grant, part of DSEI, supports small- and medium-sized businesses that are diversifying their recruitment by incentivizing them to employ individuals with disabilities. Learn more about the grant and its recipients at


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