New England Job Development Training Program

Learn the Latest Techniques for Job Development
Increase Your Placement and Retention Rates
Fall 2006 - Spring 2007

Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston Graduate College of Education and the Institute for Community Inclusion

The Institute for Community Inclusion and the University of Massachusetts Boston are recruiting students for the 2006-2007 New England Job Development Training Program (NEJDTP).

This two-semester program teaches innovative approaches to job development and customized employment including person-centered career planning, networking, business partnerships, accommodations, customized employment, and system integration. It combines coursework, fieldwork, distance learning, and contact with an experienced mentor. Students practice what they learn by using the strategies at their own agencies.
After completing the program, students will be able to:

-Develop a customized approach to job placement for job seekers

-Understand the employment perspectives of job seekers, families, funders, and business

-Facilitate comprehensive career planning for job seekers with disabilities

-Develop a customized strategy to meet business needs through organizational assessment and relationship-building

-Teach networking skills to job seekers and empower them to take control of their job search

-Market the abilities of job seekers, negotiate with employers, and facilitate a successful job match and placement

-Find and use community resources concerning benefits, legal rights, accommodations, and public systems

This program is made possible through a federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) long-term training grant.

Potential Students
Job coaches, job developers, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and middle-management employment professionals. The program teaches to a bachelor's or master's education level.

This program will be offered in southern New Hampshire this academic year, although students from all New England states are encouraged to apply. Online electives reduce travel. In subsequent years the program will rotate throughout other New England states.

A significant portion of the program cost is subsidized by the RSA grant. Students earn an academic certificate from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Graduate credit is also available for a small fee. See details below.

-Orientation, seminar, and graduation (3 days)
-Required workshops (8 days)
-Electives (4 workshops either in-person or online)
-Monthly meetings with local mentor (2 hours per month)
-Professional development assignments (monthly)
-Job placement (2 job seekers placed in community jobs)
-RSA scholarship payback (2-year commitment to working in the rehabilitation field)

For details and an application form, see

Applications must be received by July 14, 2006.

Project director:
Cindy Thomas
Project contact: Drew Glazier
Bryan Dague
University of Vermont
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
Mann Hall, 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757

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Phone: (802) 656-1345
Fax: (802) 656-1357
TTY: (802) 656-8499