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Job/Vocational Training

Job training prepares people with disabilities for employment in a variety of settings, as well as the interview process.

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Our Job Training programs are geared for people with developmental, learning, physical and intellectual disabilities or other medical issues. These programs include vocational training designed to prepare individuals for a variety of work environments. All of the programs are developed in collaboration with a Business Advisory Council to ensure they meet the needs of today’s businesses. Our caring, well trained staff work closely with each of the participants. Mock interviews are also conducted during the training period to strengthen presentation skills for the actual interview process.

Training “Navigating for the Future” Business Skills Program

“Navigating for the Future” prepares youth and adults with disabilities, as well as aging individuals, for a variety of positions in an office setting by developing digital literacy. While working with PC, Apple and Droid Operating Systems, the attendees will learn computer fundamentals and practical job skills. Participants will complete the course having relevant computing knowledge, confidence and increased office technology productivity.

The curriculum for this hands-on, introductory course covers:
• Computer Fundamentals, including Operating Systems, Applications, and Mobile Devices, as well as the
  Understanding of Technology Terms and Definitions such as the Cloud, Virtual Assistant, Remote
  Locations and Dropbox.
• Hardware Basics, including How to Set-up a Computer and Accessories, How to Install Virus Protection,
  Simple Troubleshooting and Routine Maintenance.
• Software Essentials, including the Microsoft® Office Suite of Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook),
  and aspects of the IOS operating system including installing/uninstalling programs.
• Surfing the ‘Net’ and Optimizing the Use of Email.
• How to Use Social Media for Business Applications, such as marketing and sales.
• General Office Skills
• Work-readiness/Soft Skills Training
• Customer Service Protocols and Phone Etiquette
• Resume Development and Practice Interviews

Upon completion of the training, participants will be qualified for, but not limited to, these job titles: Virtual Assistant, Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Office Clerk, Receptionist/Information Clerk, Customer Service Representative, Online Merchant.

“Culinary Skills” Training Program

Our Culinary Skills training program introduces youth and adults with disabilities to a wide variety of hospitality career opportunities - from commercial and non-commercial food service to jobs in both the front/back of the house. Participants who complete the program receive a Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS) Certificate of Completion and have an overall understanding of the food service industry. This introductory course covers:

• Kitchen Essentials, including Workplace Safety, Safe Food Handling/Storage, and Knife Skills.
• Food Preparation, including exposure to an array of fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs in fresh,
  frozen, canned and dried variations.
• Measurement Conversions and Utensils
• A Range of Cooking Methods
• Nutrition and a Healthy Diet
• Menu Planning and Expenditures
• Guest Serving Skills
• Customer Service and Money Handling
• Hands-on Work Experience in the Viscardi Café
• Off-site Tours/Experiences and Internships, as available
• Resume/Portfolio Development, including Menus, and Practice Interviews

Upon completion of the training, participants will be qualified for, but not limited to, these job titles: Food Service Worker, Food Preparation Worker, Dining Room/Cafeteria Attendant, Server, Cook, Host/Hostess, Dishwasher.

Work Readiness II Training

The Steps Toward Employment Program (STEP) assists people with disabilities in developing behaviors and job skills that will lead to paid employment in one or more of the following areas:

• Retailing
• Light Maintenance
• Hospitality

Possible positions within these areas of employment include: Stock/Inventory/Sales Clerk; Product Assembler; Custodial; Housekeeping; and Maintenance Assistant.

During this work readiness training program and working individually and in small groups, individuals will focus on:

• Interpersonal skills – getting along with co-workers and supervisors
• Communication skills – listening, speaking clearly, following directions
• Developing flexibility – working on different tasks and in varied work teams
• Productivity – working quickly and accurately, meeting deadlines
• Organizational skills – setting priorities, completing work as assigned
• Problem solving – making decisions, taking responsibility
• Personal appearance – hygiene and appropriate work attire
• Attendance and punctuality – arriving each day on time and maintaining consistent attendance
• Job seeking skills – application process, resume development, interviewing preparation through
  mock interviews

Printing, Packaging, Shipping and Mailroom Training

This job training program prepares participants for employment in UPS retail stores, as well as other printing, packaging and shipment stores and mailrooms located within the community. Through the use of our unique on-premise UPS franchise and the curriculum developed in partnership with the UPS Foundation, students learn:

• Digital Printing and Document Services
• Mailbox Services
• Packing Services
• Shipping and Freight
• Passport Photos
• Customer Service
• Sales/Marketing

For more information, contact: Lauren Wenzel, Senior Coordinator of Consumer Services, at 516.465.1503 or lwenzel@viscardicenter.org

Service Contact

Lauren Wenzel
Senior Coordinator of Consumer Services
516.465.1503
lwenzel@viscardicenter.org

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“Navigating for the Future” Business Skills Program

“Navigating for the Future” Business Skills Program prepares participants for a variety of positions in a modern business office by teaching them practical job skills through the use of state-of-the-art technology and business software.

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“At-risk” Youth and “With Promise” Youth Programs

Designed for students with and without disabilities identified as “at-risk” or “with promise” enrolled in high school, the program focuses on improving attendance and self-esteem while showing how education impacts employment through work opportunities and exposure to post-secondary institutions.

School-to-Work Transition

Youth Transition Services

Youth Transition Services for students with disabilities gives them an understanding of the relevancy of education and how it relates to employment. The program focuses on career development, employment preparation, independence and community integration, as well as motivation and self-esteem.

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Youth Transition CDOS Program

The CDOS Program is structured to ensure students meet all of the work readiness requirements specified by the State of New York, including stipulated work-based learning hours and lesson plans based on the academic standards set.

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Youth Transition Afterschool Program

The After-School Program is an exciting addition to our wide array of Youth Transition Services Programs and offers unique learning opportunities, addresses areas of social development and keeps students engaged in meaningful activities at the end of the school day.

Vocational/Educational Evaluations & Assessments

Evaluations & Assessments are administered to youths and adults with disabilities to determine skill levels, aptitudes and interests to clarify career goals and identify strengths/weaknesses as they relate to vocational success and provide information relevant to instructional planning/remediation.

SSI/SSDI Benefits Planning

This program, for people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance, covers benefit options available through the Social Security Administration’s work incentive programs so they can make informed choices regarding potential work activities.

Return to Work Initiatives

Return to Work initiatives are designed to facilitate the earliest possible return for injured or ill workers to the workforce and to reduce the risk of an on-site injury or accident from occurring again.

Middle School Education

Middle School Education

The middle school program (grades 6 to 8) at the Henry Viscardi School offers children with physical disabilities a challenging academic curriculum that prepares them for high school. Personal growth and leadership development opportunities are also available during these transition years.

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Job Coaching and Supported Employment

Job Coaching and Supported Employment

Job Coaching and Supported Employment helps individuals with disabilities seek out and develop jobs and also provides on- and off-site assistance so that they fully understand their responsibilities and can be successful in the workplace.

Information Services

The National Business & Disability Council offers an information hotline staffed with knowledgeable information specialists who can offer guidance on a variety of disability-related employment issues. A monthly e-newsletter and exclusive website provide members with additional resources.

Information Services

The National Business & Disability Council offers an information hotline staffed with knowledgeable information specialists who can offer guidance on a variety of disability-related employment issues. A monthly e-newsletter and exclusive website provide members with additional resources.

High School and Post 12th Grade Education

High School and Post 12th Grade Education

The high school program at the Henry Viscardi School provides a fully-enriched academic curriculum that assists students with disabilities in achieving a Regents or Local diploma and developing life skills, while empowering them to become active, independent and self-sufficient young adults.

Evaluations for Students with Disabilities

Evaluations for Students with Disabilities

Evaluations, such as The Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery, are administered to high school and college students with disabilities to identify specific weaknesses that may interfere with academic success while providing information relevant to instructional planning and remediation.

Employment Placement Services

Employment Placement Services

Our Employment Placement Services Specialists assist youths and adults with disabilities, aging individuals and veterans in conducting efficient job searches by identifying work preferences, matching job skills with market needs, improving interview techniques and developing effective resumes.

Employment Initiatives

The National Business & Disability Council assists human resources and diversity professionals in developing a proactive plan to assure they are taking all the actions necessary to address the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of people with disabilities within their companies.

Employer Disability Initiatives

The National Business & Disability Council is a comprehensive resource for companies looking to develop, implement and grow solid disability programs. Services include employment initiatives, consultation, customized training and workshops, accessibility surveys and information services.

Employer Disability Initiatives

The National Business & Disability Council is a comprehensive resource for companies looking to develop, implement and grow solid disability programs. Services include employment initiatives, consultation, customized training and workshops, accessibility surveys and information services.

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