- Valley Forge Educational Services
VFES Adds Adult Employment Services To Program Offerings
VFES Adds Adult Employment Services to Program Offerings
CWS provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in productive work, earn wages, increase self-esteem and gain independence. The services were built on the fundamental principle that adults with disabilities are like everyone else. They want to hold jobs, earn an income and participate in their community.
CWS believes that an employer should never hire people with disabilities solely because they think it is the right thing to do. It just doesn’t work. As with any successful job placement, people with disabilities can and should be the right person, with the right skills for the job. At CWS, employment specialists carefully evaluate both the prospective employees and the employment opportunities to ensure that individual's abilities and skills are matched to specific employer needs.
"It has been demonstrated, time and time again, that when people with disabilities have individualized supports, proper training, career discovery and preparation, they are well positioned to secure productive, mainstream employment with competitive wages,” said Dr. Grace Fornicola, Executive Director of VFES. “Our services will enable adults with disabilities to become self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities.”
VFES already has
significant experience in work-readiness programs, transition support services
and employment training initiatives. Currently, The Vanguard Transition Center
(VTC) offers young adults, 18 to 21 years of age, opportunities for college
support and other post-secondary training, community-based vocational training
and career education. Additionally, the Vanguard School’s Work Orientation and
Readiness Center (WORC) program allow students of all ages to receive
pre-vocational training focusing on the instruction and practice of skills
critical for workforce success. Finally, VFES is entering the third summer of
the Vocational Immersion Program. This program provides participants with a
pre-employment transition opportunity with a strong focus on work readiness, career exploration, community-based vocational experiences and independent living. Moving into employment services for adults is a natural next step in this continuum of offerings.