Career Connections, a division of Arc Herkimer, assists individuals with disabilities, ages 16 and older, in obtaining meaningful employment, based on each person’s interests, skills and needs. Services are provided in a variety of settings. All activities and opportunities support people in achieving their vocational dreams and establishing their place in the community. Career Connection employment training services include: school to work programs job-readiness programs, internships, and career exploration and training programs.
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The following are options and programs that are available to help individuals obtain their vocational goals:
Discuss and explore career dreams/opportunities in individual and group settings with the support of highly trained, experienced staff who help job seekers navigate their way to employment.
Acquire employment and social skills through training that encompasses good work ethics, communication, dressing for success, and social interaction with fellow workers and supervisors. Career Connections has a computer lab that can be utilized to prepare individuals for competitive employment by assisting them in the development of a resume, job applications and practice of interview techniques. Help is also available for online applications.
Career Connections can aid students/adults in securing an employer-based, paid work experience opportunity. This service is designed to provide individuals with real work experiences and opportunities to network in actual business environments consistent with their vocational goals.
Career Connections offers a day habilitation program for individuals to learn computer skills such as typing, learn skills to master the keyboard, publisher, power point, social media applications, excel, and many other computer programs specific to the individual’s choice. There is a Computer Lab Instructor for individual and group teaching.
Individuals are hired at community jobs, while still receiving support through Career Connections staff. Supports are ongoing and can occur on or off the worksite.
Career Connections helps individuals to find and secure jobs that meet each person’s interests, skills, and needs.
Individuals receive assistance in learning a new job and adjusting to all aspects of the work environment. Supports are provided in proportion to the degree of independence achieved and maintained.
Ongoing on- or off-site follow-up with individuals and employers is provided for the duration of the job. Also, 0ff-site follow-up with families, clinical supports and others occurs to assist the individual.
Within the Herkimer Industries' vocational program setting, the following contract work is currently available: Small Bench Assembly, Packaging, Industrial Sewing, and Mechanical Assembly work. Herkimer Industries may be an appropriate place to learn a skill to enter or re-enter the world of work.
Career Connections helps students navigate and adjust to the demands of college such as scheduling, time management, researching and connecting to campus resources.
Project SEARCH is an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which focuses solely on employment for participants. The local program is a 40-week partnership between Arc Herkimer and Herkimer College with a sole objective and intensive focus on achieving competitive employment and maximum independence for each participant. Each intern participates in daily classroom instruction and gains hands-on work experience by rotating among three unique, unpaid internships, from August to May, at various sites at Herkimer College throughout the academic year. Skills learned by the interns will be marketable in their search for community employment.
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STEPS (Supportive Training & Education a Plan for Success), with a career hub at Herkimer College, creates community integrated supports through a community based integrated learning environment that assists individuals in moving forward in career choice, vocational exploration, and life skill acquisition using a person centered, whole person approach to support the person with a disability in the life they choose.
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Career Connections, in partnership with Herkimer Working Solutions, will provide an assessment of the academic level, skill levels, and service needs of each participant, ages 16 to 24, with and without disabilities. Service strategies will be developed for each participant that identify career pathways that include education and employment goals. Assistance will be provided to the participants that will lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma, preparation for postsecondary educational and training opportunities, links between academic and occupational education.
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Transportation services may be available.