Competitive Integrated Employment Services
The CIES Program assists individuals with disabilities to find employment where they can earn consistent wages, through Job Placement. If the individual is unsure what type of employment they would like to obtain, they can participate in the Career Exploration program.
Additionally, if a consumer wants to gain more skills for employment, they can participate in Skills Trainings. After a person has been placed at a jobsite, they are supported by a Job Coach. We are able to provide all these services virtually and in person on a case-by-case basis.
Career Exploration and Engagement (Assessment/Evaluation)
The Career Exploration and Engagement component includes career testing, job tryouts, community volunteering and job tours. We are now using the VirtualJobShadow platform during the COVID-19 pandemic. This component helps determine if a consumer is prepared to obtain employment or needs more additional skills training.
- Person Centered Planning
- Career Interest Inventories
- Community Job Site
- Community Internships
- Job Tours
- Job Tryouts
- Situational Assessment
Employment –Based Skills Training/ Work Experience (Skills Training)
The Skills Training component teaches consumers useful pre-employment skills needed for the workplace. Some workshops include: How to Prepare a Resume and Cover Letter, Job Search Techniques, Interviewing and How to Dress for Success. We also have training modules that includes: Customer Service, Self-advocacy, and Travel training.
- How to fill out an employment application
- Job Search Techniques
- How to Create a Cover Letter/Resume
- Personal Reference
- Interview Prep – Do’s & Don’ts
- Mock Interviews
- Dress for Success
- How to Use a Cash Register
- Customer Service Training
- Property Maintenance
- OSHA Safety Overview
The Job Development/Job Placement component is for consumers ready for employment. Together, the Career Counselor and consumer work closely to achieve the goal of Job Placement. During the process, the consumer learns different soft skills and prepares a portfolio including their resume, cover letter, and references. Once these preparations are complete, the Career Counselor will help the consumer apply to jobs and prepare for interviews. Career Counselors will provide on and off the job support for 90 days when a consumer is placed at a job.
- Person Centered Planning
- Career Planning Development
- Job matching and placement
- On the Job Training
- Business Partnerships
Ongoing Job Coaching Support
Ongoing Job Coaching Supports assist employed consumers maintain long-term successful employment. These supports include: assistance in job interviews, job orientations, and on-the-job trainings.
- On-the-job support
- Off-site job support
- As needed support
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