The Arc of Oregon

Project Name: Project Employ

Contact Information:
Marcie Ingledue
(503) 581-2726
1745 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

Project Goals

  • Students participating in Project Employ will receive the benefit of a minimum of three community-based agencies during and after the transition process;
  • Students participating in Project Employ will have the benefit of participating in project activities together with their parents;
  • Students and parents will gain the skills and confidence needed to participate in IEP meetings as well as the development of Vocational Rehabilitation and Support Service Brokerage plans that will assure employment success; and
  • Students participating in Project Employ will gain higher self-determination skills through a variety of activities.

Project Description

Project Employ includes five major components, including: the establishment of Project Employ Advisory Committee that oversees project design, curriculum identification, training, and evaluation; and an inventory assessment of resources, services, and programs being offered within the interagency collaborators to provide a gap analysis to reduce duplication and identify unmet needs. The third is an annual in-service training for interagency collaborators including high school transition teachers, Voc Rehab counselors, Support Service Brokerage case managers, and County DD Program case managers. The training provides participants with person-centered employment planning strategies, identifies their roles as professionals, gives participants the opportunity to better understand the difference in service deliveries among agencies, and a chance to share ideas that will provide greater success for transition students to obtain employment. The fourth is two full-day Person-Centered Employment Planning Workshops conducted each school year, whose primary design is to help students and parents develop an initial draft of a Person-Centered Plan. The fifth and final component is on-going technical assistance and support is provided to students, parents, and professionals throughout implementation of Project Employ.

In relation to the five components, students are matched with peer mentors from Emerging Leaders Northwest (ELNW) for on-going technical assistance and support related to employment and education goals. Parents benefit from technical assistance and resources provided by Family and Community Together (FACT). Professionals are supported with technical assistance through direct interaction with Project Employ staff and technical assistance support contractors. A Project Employ Employment Resource Fair wraps up the school year with a variety of opportunities for students and parents to pursue benefits planning, apply for benefits, learn about volunteer positions, job skill development projects, and to meet prospective employers.