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Vocational Rehabilitation

HCE offers a variety of employment readiness programs for persons with disabilities, helping thousands of individuals find rewarding work within HCE and with other employers for decades. Our programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF). HCE has consistently been awarded their highest level of accreditation (every three years) since 1985.

The array of services we offer include:

Vocational Evaluation

HCE provides short-term assessment of individual abilities, preferences and support needs using a wide range of formal assessment tools as well as actual work experience. The program culminates with recommendations for additional vocational, educational and rehabilitation services made by a vocational evaluator and counselor.

Work Adjustment Training

This 45- to 90-day transitional program is designed to assist in the development of work skills for individuals to help them in the ever-changing job market. With a focus on strengths, preferences and support in areas identified for concentrated attention, a vocational evaluator works with each individual to maximize specific work skill development.

Extended Employment

Ongoing work experiences are available for those individuals who would prefer a longer period of time to develop employment readiness. While participating in this program, individuals may have a work experience in several of the social enterprise businesses offered by HCE at various business sites throughout the tri-state area. Our enterprise businesses include Digital Printing, Document Scanning, Document Shredding and Destruction, Building Management, and Packaging and Fulfillment.

Trial Work Experience and Community-Based Work Evaluation

Trial Work Experience (TWE) provides individuals with the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences in various work-related settings. The ultimate goal of TWE is to determine the consumer’s eligibility for the New Jersey Division of Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, our department offers Community-Based Workforce Evaluation, allowing for an assessment of individuals within their own communities to determine opportunities for appropriate job placement.

Individual and Group Counseling

Vocational counseling is provided by highly-qualified professionals in both individual and small group settings. Each individual is assisted by a counselor for the duration of the program. Our programs help adults acquire the basic skills they need to be productive workers.

Community Access Program

Small groups of individuals tour businesses and recreational facilities in the Hudson County area to explore the tasks involved in various occupations in order to make informed, realistic decisions regarding career goals. This ongoing program is offered to all individuals who receive our vocational rehab services

Supported Employment Services - Job Coaching Services

Through our full range of job coaching services, HCE provides individuals with any barrier to employment with resources such as resume building, interviewing and networking skills and other resources to help connect them with the right position. Pre-placement activities, job coaching and follow-along services are offered based on individual needs. Accommodations for schedules and for skill level are provided as necessary.

 Phases of Supported Employment include:

Pre-placement Activities

Assisting persons with disabilities to secure a job match.

Job Coaching

To build the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills needed to maintain employment.

Follow Along Activities

Provided on an ongoing basis to support, maintain and strengthen a person’s skills in a competitive employment.

For information on any of these services, contact Yolanda Fuller, MA, CRC, VP of Youth Workforce Development at,
201-434-3303 ext. 123, 201-994-5241 (cell)