Career Connections

Career Connections Office
257 N. Main Street, Herkimer, NY
Questions regarding programs: (315) 574-7883
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins welcome

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:

Career Connections assists individuals in obtaining meaningful employment based on each person’s interests, skills, and needs.

ACCES VR Contract Services-can serve any individual with a documented disability.

*Career Counseling and guidance

*Assessments to help identify skills, abilities, interests, and limitations

* Training at a vocational school, community college, or on the job

* Job placement, job retention, and other services necessary to achieve the employment goal.

*Work Readiness skills training

*Assistance with Resume, interviewing skills, online applications, etc.

*Paid work experience

*Assist individuals with maintaining employment.

Office of Mental Health Adult Behavioral Health Home & Community Based Services (HCBS Services): Serves individuals in a HARP plan or who are HARP-eligible, must be 21 or older, be insured only by Medicaid, and be eligible for Medicaid managed care. Services can include:

Education Support Services: Assist individuals who want to start or return to school or formal training with a goal of achieving the skills necessary to obtain employment. Services offered in Herkimer, Oneida, and Otsego Counties.

Prevocational Services: Prepare individuals for paid or unpaid employment through learning and work experience non-job-task-specific strengths and skills that contribute to employability in work environments. Services offered in Herkimer County.

Intensive Supported Employment: Assistance to obtain and keep employment. Services offered in Herkimer County.

Family Support and Training: Assist families and other supporters to provide emotional and information support to enhance skills so they can support the recovery of a family member with a behavioral health issue. Services offered in Herkimer County.

Computer Lab-Day habilitation service by OPWDD.  Individuals learn computer skills specified to their interests.  Classes provide individual computer assistance and group instruction in the computer lab classroom.

STEPS/Supportive Training & Education: A Plan for Success @ Herkimer Industries: OPWDD prevocational service to assist individuals in a training center to learn work skills.  OPWDD day habilitation service within Herkimer Industries and also volunteer work experience within community settings. Person-centered activities to prepare an individual for future independence at home, within the community, or employment if desired.

STEPS/Supportive Training & Education: A Plan for Success@ Herkimer College: Program at Herkimer College and within the community. Individuals are enrolled in OPWDD community prevocational service. Individuals may also be enrolled in OPWDD Pathways to Employment which is a time-limited service focused on career planning. The STEPS program provides work experience designed to assist individuals in identifying career goals/plans through community exploration.

Project SEARCH: Unpaid internship program at Herkimer College that focuses solely on employment for young adults with disabilities.  Each intern participates in daily classroom instructions and gains hands-on work experience by rotating among three unique unpaid internships throughout the academic year.  Intern positions at the college are jobs that are complex and systematic giving individual’s choice of various work. 

Herkimer County Office of Mental Health Contracts: Assisted competitive employment and ongoing integrated supported employment services. These services assist individuals with a documented mental health diagnosis with finding employment, on-the-job-training, resume, work readiness skills training, and keeping their job.

Supported Employment: OPWDD SEMP is a career-planning person-centered comprehensive employment planning and support service that assists to obtain competitive employment.  It is a focused, time-limited service engaging an individual in identifying a career direction and developing a plan for competitive, integrated employment.

Employment Training Program (ETP): OPWDD employment training program where supports provided under SEMP services.  This is a paid internship opportunity to assist qualified individuals to seek to acquire and maintain competitive employment.

NYESS Ticket to Work: New York Employment Services System to assist individuals in finding employment.  NYESS was designed to help individuals find, get and keep jobs.  Individuals for this service must receive SSI or SSDI.

Transportation Services: Transportation services may be available.  

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