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Katie Tabeling
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Ernie Dianastasis, left, shakes the hands of some of the employees the Precisionists has placed at a ceremony years ago. The company has recently signed a pilot agreement with Henry Ford Health. | COURTESY OF THE PRECISIONISTS, INC. / KAREN COWAN

WILMINGTON — The Precisionists Inc. (TPI) continues to expand throughout the country, signing a new deal with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health to launch a pilot program to help neurodiverse workers land jobs in information technology.

Henry Ford Health is a leading national academic medical center serving Michigan communities and employs close to 30,000 people and operates 10 hospitals in the region. 

With this pilot program, a team of four consultants from TPI will be performing identity access management services for the health care system’s information, privacy and security office. TPI consultants will also receive ongoing direction, training and support from their TPI service delivery leader.

“It’s part of a security check our company does for data and access to IP systems. So our team will be checking on things that need to be verified,” TPI founder and CEO Ernie Dianastasis told the Delaware Business Times. “Henry Ford Health is a huge operation, so it’s incredibly important to validate whoever has been granted access to that data is legitimate and cleared for access. That’s where our team can help ensure who has the right people have access to the technology and the systems at Henry Ford.”

Founded in 2016, TPI both prepares and places neurodiverse individuals with employers and also employs them at its original Innovation and Technology Center off U.S. Route 202 in the Wilmington suburbs. The training program starts with a skills assessment interview and later includes a four-week program that includes technical skills and soft skills. 

By the third week, TPI now has a sense of the cohort’s strengths and starts matching trainees with projects with clients.

Dianastasis said that there are about 30 million people under- or unemployed in the country right now. They are the neurodiverse, or those living with disabilities ranging from Down syndrome to Tourette syndrome, attention deficit disorder to the autism spectrum, and more. Known as the neurodiverse, these employees often have strong attention to detail and thoroughness with repeatable tasks that have to be done quickly with a high degree of accuracy.

Over the years, Dianastasis has grown the company to notable clients including Comcast, Exelon, M&T Bank, DuPont and CSC. Its first pilot program was with Exelon back in 2018, and since then it’s expanded to 17 different projects with that company and 40 employees.

“This is how it starts. They’re so blown away by what a great job our employees do, they want to expand the whole thing,” he said.

In recent years, TPI has opened an Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia, Nashville. Customers have spanned the country, some as far as Phoenix with clients like with Cox Communications in the state and the Arizona state government.

Dianastasis told DBT the goal is to keep expanding and to eventually hit TPI’s goal of placing 10,000 employees. But specifically, he wants to open two new markers in 2024 to grow its foothold across the country.

“More importantly, we want to grow stable careers and cross train people in new disciplines. The beauty in this is our workers may have only started with scanning documents, but now they’re data analysts,” he said. “They’re testing software. We have lots of folks getting promoted, and what we’re about is having a sustainable career for all.”

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