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Additional Services


PACE

ODC’s Prevocational Accelerated Career Enhancement service, or PACE, assists individuals as they move toward their goal of community employment. Utilizing an online, evidence-based assessment tool created by Conover Company, individuals gain confidence and overcome barriers to community employment by identifying their strengths and skills, and discovering their options.

PACE offers -

  • The Interest Indicator, which explores individuals’ career interests and identifies potential career options.
  • The Learning Assessment Program, which teaches how math, communication and problem-solving skills relate to the demands of a particular career.
  • The Career Planner, which explores the job market and different opportunities within a particular field of interest, physical demands and wages, and advancement opportunities within the field.
  • Work Samples, where participants use hands-on activities to identify their skills while they perform some of the tasks necessary for success in the field.
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Skills to Pay The Bills / Workplace Readiness

Research shows that 15% of workers’ success is determined by what they know (hard skills); the other 85% is determined by soft skills. Skills to Pay the Bills, created by the Department of Labor, and Workplace Readiness, created by Conover Company, are both ODC instructor-led and have components that address these skills.

Components -

  • Job Readiness – attitude, communication, critical thinking, planning and organizing, social skills, teamwork and professionalism.
  • Job Seeking – job search, resumes, job applications, preparing for an interview, interviewing and “after the interview”.
  • Job Keeping – getting off on the right foot, getting along in the workplace and performance reviews.

Upon completion, a Credential Certificate is printed, and can be added to the individual’s resume.

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In partnership with Weiler Convenience Stores, Mid-State Technical College, Inclusa and the Department of Workforce Development - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), ODC offers a Retail Helper Certificate of Competency to individuals who successfully complete a training program that includes the essential functions of a retail industry position: inventory management, stocking, customer service and store maintenance.

  • Individuals train at a Weiler convenience store, practicing the skills needed to succeed in a retail career.
  • ODC staff support individuals throughout the training.
  • Upon passing a test of their retail skills, individuals receive a signed Certificate of Competency from Mid-State Technical College. The addition of this certificate to their resume aids in the search for community employment.
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Center-Based Prevocational Training

ODC’s Center-Based Prevocational Training service provides a blend of learning and work experiences that prepare individuals to achieve their personal goals, including community employment.

This service offers -

  • A wide variety of work experiences along with the level of training and staff support that meets each individual’s unique needs.
  • Adaptations and modifications that allow individuals at all levels of ability to participate in training activities.
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Beginnings

The Beginnings service provides training, support and guidance that assists individuals with significant behavioral or medical challenges in adjusting to a social environment. Participants become familiar with ODC’s centers at their own pace, and are introduced to basic work expectations such as working with others, following direction, and adjusting to the activity of the work environment. ODC staff provide the assistance needed for individuals to be as independent as possible while having personal care, behavioral support and mobility needs met.

  • Beginnings Workroom – a smaller, quieter training room with one-to-one staff support, for individuals that find it difficult to work in a group setting.
  • Sensory Room – equipped with lights, sounds, colors and sensory experiences that help individuals needing to relax and regroup during the day’s activities.

As individuals adjust to the routine and expectations of the ODC center environment, they begin to take on new tasks and challenges with the full support of ODC staff.