Vocational Resources

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How We Can Help:

  • Free services to develop an employability plan, provide job search assistance, and career exploration services

  • Free workshops including resume assistance and mock interviews

  • Additional services include Unemployment Compensation and the Medical Assistance Transportation Program

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Contact Information:

Candy E. Price-Winnick

cprice@emp-trng.org

814-641-6408 ext. 123

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How We Can Help:

  • Empowers people of diverse abilities to live a meaningful life through innovative support and services. 

  • Encourages and empowers individuals to learn, grow, develop relationships, and experience joy through our comprehensive array of programs and services.

  • Our forward-looking approach empowers participants to explore and embrace all life has to offer.

  • Provides support, resources, and access to competitive, meaningful employment for individuals of all abilities

  • Resume building, interviewing skills, mock interviews, and job shadowing

  • Career evaluations and assessments

  • Job searching, job finding, and job placement Onsite job coaching to learn and maintain the job

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Contact Information:

Blake Bilger

Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Cumberland, Dauphin, Snyder, and Union county.

Blake.Bilger@ucpcentralpa.org

717-247-2944 Ext. 519

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How We Can Help:

  • CCC envisions a community where personal dignity is honored, diversity is embraced and full inclusion is promoted in all aspects of life.

  • Services are individualized to meet participant’s interests and needs.

  • Transition Services offer high school students Community-Based Work Assessments, Career Exploration, Job Shadowing and informational visits to local businesses.

  • Individual/group classes under our Training & Transition program teach Independent Living & Work Readiness Skills that incorporate instruction with community experiences.  

  • Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) provides simulated hands-on work skills samples in over 300 jobs in five career areas.

  • Employment Services incorporate Career Assessment, Job Find and Job Supports to help individuals explore, prepare for and maintain Competitive Employment. 

  • Other available programs include Recreation Programs, Community Participation Supports, Early intervention and Support Services.

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Contact Information:

Lonyta Varner,

Director of Community Integration,

Transition & Employment Services

717-447-1842

lvarner@compass-community.org

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How We Can Help:

  • Self-Advocacy Instruction helps students with disabilities build skills to solve problems and communicate their own needs and interests.

  • Job Exploration helps students with disabilities learn about jobs and pick a career. 

  • Workplace Readiness Training teaches students with disabilities how to get and keep a job. 

  • Work Based Learning uses community workplaces to provide students with disabilities the knowledge and skills that will help them connect school experiences to real-life work activities and future career opportunities.

  • Counseling on Postsecondary Options helps students with disabilities decide if college or training after high school is right for them.

  • IEP Meeting Attendance and Consultation provides the IEP team with information about OVR services to determine the appropriate time to refer the student to an OVR Counselor for individualized case services, along with information about community resources that can assist in coordinating Transition Services.

Contact Information:

Kelley McKee, MS, CRC

Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services PA

Department of Labor & Industry

555 Walnut Street | 8th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-787-7834 x 204 | 717-346-2791

|Fax: 717-783-7245

Email: kemckee@pa.gov

For additional OVR Resources for 9th and 10th Graders please CLICK HERE

For additional OVR Resources for 11th and 12th Graders please CLICK HERE

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How We Can Help:

  • Career assessments, job shadowing, and job readiness courses

  • Assistance with the pre-employment phase such as resume building and interviewing skills

  • Job searching, job finding, and job placement

  • Direct training on the job via Skills’ Employment Training Specialists

  • Retraining and follow up as needed

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Contact Information:

Cristy Rachau,Manager of Employment Services

Phone: 814.234.2330 ext. 113 |

Email: crachau@skillsgroup.org

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How We Can Help:

  • Square One Clubhouse is a vocational and psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults with mental illness.

  • Throughout the work ordered day, members learn skills useful in finding and maintaining employment within a supportive environment.

  • The Clubhouse offers transitional, supported and independent employment opportunities.

Contact Information:

Program Director: Melissa Steele Phone:

(717) 242-0478

Email: steelem1@csgonline.org or squareone@csgonline.org

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How We Can Help:

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program helps individuals prepare for or retain employment. Services offered can include but are not limited to:

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  • OVERVIEW OF BBVS PROGRAMS:

    • Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VR), Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (BEP)Independent Living Older Blind Program, Special Services for Children Program, Specialized Services for Adults Program, Instructional Services: Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility Training

  • SERVICVES: 

    • Counseling and guidance, Adjustment to blindness, assistive technology, rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility instruction, Pre-Employment Transition Services (Paid work Experiences, and Job Shadowing), Job Placement and Low Vision exam, Devices, and equipment​

  • REFERRAL PROCESS:

Contact Information:

Nicole Lodge MS

CRC Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Blindness & Visual Services

1130 12th Ave., Suite 300 Altoona, PA 16601

phone: 814-254-2967

email: nlodge@pa.gov

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How We Can Help:

  • Career assessments, job shadowing, and job readiness courses

  • Assistance with the pre-employment phase such as resume building and interviewing skills

  • Job searching, job finding, and job placement

  • Direct training on the job via Skills’ Employment Training Specialists

  • Retraining and follow up as needed

  • Facebook

Contact Information:

Lyndsey Wilson Outreach Specialist

Juniata, Perry & Cumberland Counties lyndseywilson@edsisolutions.com

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