Goodwill offers training, education, and employment services to persons with disability. From competitive supported employment to short term, work ready programs, each of our programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals at various stages of life and with diverse occupational goals.
Job Training Programs allow individuals to engage in work experience programs on a short-term basis. These vocational and career training programs allow clients to identify strengths, learn new skills, and prepare for the workforce. This individualized program includes:
- P.R.E.P. (Pre-Readiness Employment Program) – High School Students will be able to participate in school/community based services related to Pre-Employment Transitional Services. This consists of job exploration/assessment, work readiness skill development, counseling on post-secondary training opportunities, instruction in self-advocacy, and work-based learning experience.
- HORIZONS – (specifically for persons with Autism) – vocational training and job placement program will allow individuals with Autism the opportunity to identify their strengths, learn new skills, and prepare to find a productive niche in the workforce and in their communities.
- Employment First – Staff will collaborate with participants to assess current situation, create an individualized employment plan, establish case management and support services. This includes time limited and intensive training to assist with development of or re-establishment of skills, attitudes, interpersonal skills, work behaviors, and functional capabilities that will help them move toward or achieve employment.
Community Integration Programs allow individuals to go directly into the workplace with the assistance of a job coach or placement specialist. These programs are designed for individuals that are ready to go to work and only need short-term or limited supports. These programs include:
- Supported Employment (LR)– is paid work in an integrated work setting with on-going support services for persons who are severely disabled and for whom competitive employment has not traditionally been successful.
- Direct Placement Services (LR) – placement directly into competitive employment for qualified clients that require minimal level of support.