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Employment and Training

Vocational Development Department

Department Mission Statement:   "Provide people with disabilities the training, support and opportunity they need for successful employment outcomes."

The Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania Vocational Development Department is a premier provider of services specifically designed to provide a safe and encouraging environment for its participants.  The Department works closely with each individual to match their needs, preferences, abilities and interests with an appropriate job opportunity.  The admission, provision of services and referrals of clients, patients, residents and/or students will be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age or sex.

Vocational Evaluation Services - The Vocational Specialists work as part of the individual's interdisciplinary team to carefully analyze the person's skill level, their objective for employment and to determine the level of support they need to achieve their goal.  This process results in recommendations and an individualized plan for achieving facility based or competitive employment in the community.

Work Services Program - A licensed, facility based, prevocational, day program that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity for meaningful paid work, in a controlled setting, under the guidance of professional supervision.  The work is obtained from local businesses and industries that are in need of high quality and timely contract fulfillment. Read about our Business Services department here.

School to Work Program - This is a transitional program for high school students with disabilities who are 16 and older.  This program gives each enrollee the opportunity to gain work experience in a real-world setting.  The students are given the opportunity to build skills, learn proper work habits and earn income while they train.

Employment Planning Services - Personal hygiene, appropriate attire, workplace norms and employer expectations are among the many work-related competencies individuals are instructed in.  Skill enhancement, resume preparation, interview training, job coaching and other techniques are also used to assure the successful job placement of the individual.

Job Placement Program - Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania is proactive in satisfying the employment needs in the community by referring only highly qualified and dedicated applicants for placement in their businesses.  Our business partners recognize the value and strengths of disabled workers in the competitive job market and are highly committed to this partnership.

For information on any program and current consumer job openings please call 412.652.9019 Ext 1001.

Contact us to request additional information about Easter Seals Workforce Development services.

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