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Vocational Training & Employability Center


In partnership with local businesses, SJJCC’s innovative Vocational Training & Employability Center (VTEC) program helps teens and young adults on the autism spectrum or with other special needs make vital contributions to the American workforce through professional and personal development.

VTEC provides hands-on job experience for young adults with special needs through internships and employment at local businesses. We foster strong community relationships, ensuring both parties get the support they need. For more information, contact Cynthia Harrypersaud, 516.484.1545 ext. 205, charrypersaud@sjjcc.org.

A two-year program designed to promote independence and provide vocational and soft skills training for those seeking employment. Participants will earn a twice-monthly stipend check based on a 10-hour work week. Monthly intern and parent workshops will focus on the soft skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment, along with assisting parents on fostering independence for their adult child’s future.

A twelve-month program that delivers a mixture of prevocational training, social skills building, and recreation, in addition to addressing each participant’s life plan goals. Offers more support to those individuals who are not yet ready for employment. Requires OPWDD eligibility.

Designed to educate and empower individuals with special needs to live a more informed and independent life by learning the skills needed to advocate for their rights and explore topics such as people first and leadership skills.
12 sessions
Begins Thursday, February 6, 5:30-6:30pm

Partial funding for these programs is provided by:

  • The Sheldon A. Sinett BASICS Fund of Sid Jacobson JCC
  • Taft Foundation
  • J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation
  • UJA-Federation of New York

We would like to thank the following local businesses who have partnered with us to provide internships and jobs to our VTEC clients:

Laura Carrano, LMSW

Supervisor of VTEC + Program Without Walls

(516) 484-1545 x127

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