Most people with disabilities can be successful in “real world” jobs, with proper training and support.
Our vocational programs focus on employment in the food services industry, providing students with:
- Training they need for good jobs in private industry;
- Opportunities to learn job habits and interpersonal skills needed for success;
- “On the job” experience during training;
- Help with moving from training into finding and being hired for “real world” jobs;
By good jobs, we mean:
- A job where the employee is paid a reasonable wage;
- The corporate culture includes a positive attitude towards people with disabilities;
- There are opportunities for personal and job growth over time.
Our Graduates usually seek jobs in fast food or other restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, and company cafeterias. However, over the years, the job skills developed by our Graduates have also been useful in getting entry level positions with non-food related retail stores and small office environments.
For more information about our Vocational programs, or to register a student, contact our Executive Director, Tom Mitchellor call our office at (973) 984-0006.
Vocational Training Program
Our Vocational Training Program helps people develop the skills they need to get and keep good jobs by:
- Teaching and instilling professional behavior
- Overcoming individual impediments to competitive employment
- Teaching basic food safety and food preparation skills
After program graduation, The Rose House helps our Graduates find and keep competitive, well-paying jobs. Should Graduates need additional employment supports, we'll also help them get assistance from agencies who provide more intensive support services.
Our Vocational Training Program is six weeks long, including twenty hours a week of classroom training and "hands-on" work experience with The Rose House, working on catering and other food service assignments.
Program topics include:
- Safety in the Workplace - Appropriate Dress and Behavior
- Health and Cleanliness - Dealing with Others in the Workplace
- Basic Food Handling - Basic Food Preparation
- Interviewing and Resumes - Time Sheets and Time Clocks
Our instructors are professional trainers with extensive teaching experience in the disabled community. The students-to-instructor ratio is six to one (or less) in the classroom setting, and three to one (or less) working for The Rose House’s catering program.
Instructors also serve as mentors to program Graduates, providing one-to-one support as they search for jobs, interview with prospective employers, and work at their new jobs.
Job Sampling can be an integral part of the transition process for high school seniors. Job Samplers receive exposure to “real-life” work situations in area businesses, by learning about different jobs and “trying them out.”
The Rose House offers a Job Sampling program for area school districts. We provide Samplers with instruction and hands-on experience in a variety of work tasks, modifying the tasks to meet the specific needs of each student. Our individualized instruction and supervision make the chances of success much greater than any “pre-planned” course.
Job Sampling Graduates will acquire, and be able to demonstrate, a significant employment skill set; as well as having better understanding of opportunities available to them after high school and the expectations of potential employers.
The Job Sampling program offers a very low ratio of students to instructors, and a one-to-one mentor relationship to our students for the hands-on portion of the job sampling.
Schedules and Tuition
Job Sampling classes are usually four hours each, one day per week, for a semester. Classes can be modified as needed to accommodate the student and district needs. Summer programs are also available.
Program hours can be scheduled to accommodate transportation and other student needs.
We provide monthly and “wrap-up” reports to the school on each student’s progress, and offer Graduates counseling services, if requested.
Tuition is $35 per hour; transportation for Job Samplers is the responsibility of the school district.
Job Coaching for subsequent supported employment is also available.
For more information about our Vocational programs, or to register a student, contact our Executive Director, Tom Mitchell, or call our office at (973) 984-0006.