Community-Based Work Assessment
Through Goodwill’s Community-Based Work Assessment, job seekers with disabilities will work with Goodwill’s job coaches to learn whether they are suited for or prepared for particular jobs before applying for them. During several structured four-hour assessments, the job seeker completes a variety of job tasks that measures an individual job seeker’s strengths and abilities. After a work assessment is completed, a Goodwill job coach provides a written report and meets with the job seeker and the referring agency to discuss the results and make recommendations for the next step in the job seeker’s employment plan. For more information, contact Tara Burkey at (814) 536-3536, ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Employment Services
Helping individuals with disabilities to find competitive employment is the goal of Goodwill’s Community Employment Services. Goodwill assists persons with disabilities in preparing for successful job placement and job retention by utilizing Goodwill Industries International’s Career Development Model. Goodwill’s services include instruction or assistance with applications, résumés, and cover letters; interviewing techniques; life and social skills; job shadowing, Community-Based Work Assessments, and on the job experience; placements services; and job coaching. For more information, contact Tara Burkey at (814) 536-3536, ext. 231 or email@example.com.
Transitional Employment Services
To empower individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential and to participate fully in their communities, Goodwill creates individualized person-centered plans that are based on the individual’s goals, interests, and abilities. Goodwill offers a continuum of prevocational paid work experiences, and community habilitation services that encourage and ensure choice, social inclusion, dignity, respect, and customer satisfaction, with a focus on the ultimate goal of increased independence in the community. For more information, contact 536-3536.
Goodwill’s School-to-Work Transition Program assists students with disabilities who are enrolled in school districts in Goodwill’s six-county service area with the opportunity to gain competitive employment. Goodwill’s employment counselors and job coaches help students in discovering their interests and abilities. The main components of the School-to-Work Transition are the Community-Based Work Assessment, Paid Work Experience, Job Finding, and Job Support. Students are referred by Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Units or their Learning Support Teachers from their respective school districts. For information, contact Tara Burkey at (814) 536-3536, ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Employment and Training Services
Services are provided at the following locations of the PA CareerLink℠ Southern Alleghenies:
PA CareerLink Cambria County, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904
PA CareerLink Blair County, 3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona, PA 16602
PA CareerLink Bedford County, 1 Corporate Drive, Suite 103, Bedford, PA 15522
Visiting the PA CareerLink in Cambria County, Blair County, and Bedford County is a great way for youth to explore employment supports available from federal- and state-funded programs. Goodwill operates the Title I Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) services at the PA CareerLink in these counties.
The PA CareerLink has programs designed to help youth reach their career and educational goals.
Services for youth ages 14–24 include:
- Career and postsecondary school exploration and transition activities
- Paid and unpaid work experiences — with both academic and occupational education components
- Occupational skills training, focusing on industry-recognized postsecondary credentials and in-demand occupations for our region
- Leadership development activities that encourage responsibility, employability, and other pro-social behaviors as well as decision-making skills, determining priorities, life skills, work behavior training, budgeting resources, and keeping informed of community affairs and events
- Financial literacy education
- Entrepreneurial skills training
- Internships and pre-apprenticeship programs
- Follow-up services for at least 12 months after program completion
Youth with Disabilities
Youth with disabilities who are ages 16–24 and are not attending school are eligible for out-of-school services. Youth with disabilities who are up to the age of 24 are eligible for in-school services if they meet low-income guidelines or other eligibility criteria and are enrolled in secondary or postsecondary school of any kind within the last school calendar quarter. It is very likely that youth with disabilities will meet the low-income guidelines for in-school youth because income for youth with disabilities is determined based only on the youth’s income, not his/her family’s income.
Any youth with a disability who is eligible for government cash assistance programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), is automatically eligible for WIOA youth services.
Up to 5 percent of participants in local WIOA youth programs do not have to meet the low- income guidelines.
More choices are now available at the PA CareerLink than in the past for people with disabilities. Individuals who need more than the basic services that are offered by the CareerLink may also apply for vocational rehabilitation services at the same location.
A visit to the CareerLink also makes for a great career exploration activity for youth for an Individual Education Plan (IEP), or a possible resource for a youth self-advocate who is looking for adult employment support options.
For more information, please contact the following:
PA CareerLink: Sarah Helman at (814) 533-2493, ext. 272 or email@example.com.