City Access New York is pleased to offer vocational programs that equip individuals with the necessary tools to gain employment.
Pathway to Employment
Pathway to Employment is a person-centered pre-employment program that provides support services and career planning for individuals who have not had any employment experience. Individuals equip themselves with tools necessary to gaining employment. During this program participants learn communication skills, interviewing skills, travel training, job readiness training, and constructing a resume. The individuals will have the opportunity to volunteer at potential employment sites where they will receive hands-on job training and instruction provided by a trained job coach. Pathway seeks to give individuals knowledge of and experiences with different tasks in different job areas so that they can make an informed choice on what they would like to do for employment. The end goal of the program is employment and independence.
A person has to be in the HCBS Waiver to participate in Pathway. You may be enrolled in SEMP or a Day Hab while participating in Pathway.
For individuals who are able to secure a job, there is supported employment. Limited job coaching through Supported Employment provides the supports and services for that individual to further hone their work skills. At this level the role of the job coach is to be the bridge between the employee and employer.
All of the programs are OPWDD sponsored and a person must be eligible for HCBS Waiver services in order to participate.
David Square – Manager of Vocational Services