Employment Readiness Academy

Our Employment Readiness Academy is a mentorship program enabling people with disabilities to learn workplace skills while contributing to the daily operations of an organization. The program was launched at Lutheran Hospital in November 2015; since then it has grown and now features sites at locations throughout northeast Indiana. Partner sites have included SIRVA, Ivy Tech Community College, Lutheran Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Parkview Hospital Randallia and the YMCA.

Small groups of four to six individuals are chosen for an intensive eight- to 10-week hands-on training experience to prepare them for the workforce. Participants learn general skills for the workplace success in addition to learning job-specific skills through mentorships in various departments and jobs of the selected mentorship sites.

Participants who complete the academy gain skills and experience that help them find employment success in the community.

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Quick Facts About the Employment Readiness Academy

Eligibility: Anyone receiving services from Easterseals can apply for the Employment Readiness Academy.

Hours: Typical hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; however, the schedule may vary depending on the needs of the host business.

Transportation: Transportation is arranged on an individual basis including agency provided transportation, public transportation, the participant’s own transportation, and any other available options.  

Dress code: While each location has specific dress codes, participants are expected to wear neat, clean clothing appropriate for the workplace.

For additional information on the Employment Readiness Academy, contact Suzanne Vertigan at or 260.456.4534 ext. 337.

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