Opening Doors Through Job Training

Our Employment Readiness Academy provides hands-on skill development and on-the-job training in partnership with local businesses.

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About Employment Readiness Academy

This mentorship program enables people with disabilities to learn workplace skills while contributing to the daily operations of an organization.

The program was launched at Lutheran Hospital in November 2015; since then it has grown and now features sites at locations throughout northeast Indiana. Partner sites have included SIRVA, Ivy Tech Community College, Lutheran Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Parkview Hospital Randallia and the YMCA.

Small groups of four to six individuals are chosen for an intensive eight- to 10-week hands-on training experience to prepare them for the workforce. Participants learn general skills for workplace success in addition to learning job-specific skills through mentorships in various departments and jobs of the selected mentorship sites.

Participants who complete the academy gain skills and experience that help them find employment success in the community.

Eligibility

Anyone receiving services from Easterseals can apply for the Employment Readiness Academy.

Service Locations

Easterseals Arc

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at mali@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

4919 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260.456.4534

Easterseals Passages

For more information about enrolling in services, please contact Mary Ali at mali@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

333 N Oak St, Columbia City, IN 46725

260.244.9331

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We look forward to helping you create a support plan with the services that meet your unique needs.

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