Work Readiness Program
The Work Readiness Program (WRP) offers Putnam County high school students, who have an IEP, vocational skills training as part of their school curriculum. Students are provided with practical, paid and unpaid job experiences, which are geared toward identifying and enhancing students’ individual strengths and talents. Work environments include food service, farming, childcare assistance, clerical support, porter maintenance, assembly work, shipping & receiving, and retail. Students work as part of a team of students called enclaves or individually at various work sites.
Students work closely with a job coach, who will slowly fade out as the students feel more comfortable with their new tasks. Training is also available in computer skills, work etiquette, completing job applications, writing a resume, and interviewing skills. The objective of the program is to help students use their work experiences to make realistic, informed choices in planning for life after high school.
Students are also part of small vocational skills classes where they learn job skills that they can practice at their job site.
Learning by doing works!
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Adult Education classes and activities are created with participant’s interests in mind. Classes are advertised individually and change periodically. All adult educational classes are for a nominal fee. PARC often apply for grants to assist in funding Adult Education and have been awarded grants by Entergy, NYSARC, Verizon, and others to offset the cost of class fees to participants.
845-225-5650, ext. 1177
After-School / After-Work Programs
There are two after-school/after-work respite programs at PARC. PARCentral & PARCpals are the only Medicaid funded programs in Putnam County that serve as after-school and after-work respite care. Both are held from 2:00-6:00 pm.
Accommodations can be made for children and adults for care in a safe and social atmosphere in our site-based programs. The program’s focus is on fostering independence, building social skills, developing friendships, and providing respite to family caregivers while they are at work.
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(845) 225-5650 x 1177
Employment Training Program (ETP) Internships
The Employment Training Program (EPT) internships provide an opportunity for individuals participating to enhance and learn skills through an on-the-job work experience and job readiness training sessions. Internships last about 18 months and during this time, the employer can assess the intern’s performance and the intern can demonstrate that they are a valued and productive member of the organization.
During the internship, the intern’s wages are paid by OPWDD Special Employment Programs. This unique approach allows an intern to work at a job that might otherwise be unobtainable as it is difficult for businesses to pay wages while someone is learning a job skill.
It is evident that OPWDD is committed to assisting the individuals we serve to seek, acquire and maintain employment. However, this program goes a step further and assists individuals in creating the job that they want in an organization that has a need for those skills. The program acts as a liaison between the individual and employer to continually align their respective needs. This is accomplished in coordination with service providers and through the program’s design which includes creation of a specific job description, specific duties, specific goals and a formal progress review each quarter with the employer and intern to assure open communication.
Customizing and carving of established positions is integral to successfully matching an intern and an opportunity. This means that before a job is developed for an intern, their interests, skills and preferences have been discussed in detail. Once this occurs, a job developer assists with identifying potential jobs. One of the primary goals of the program is to assure that the job identified matches the intern’s stated goals to the greatest extent possible and that it will lead to competitive employment.
An additional component of the intern program is to facilitate the identification of job supports needed by the individual intern based on the job description developed. Initially, interns are provided with significant job support while they are becoming acclimated to a new work environment, learning new skills and adapting already-learned skills. Through these supports, interns are able to master skills, establish working relationships with other employees and learn to navigate through the complexities of an organization. After a period of time, natural supports may take place of some of the more formal job supports.
The Employment Training Program can be summarized as being a training for employment Program. It is designed to provide all of the ingredients for an intern to achieve successful employment over the long term. As a result, OPWDD is helping people live richer lives by providing an opportunity to create meaningful relationships at work, grow and develop as an employee and a person and become an active participant in a business in their community.
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