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Employment Readiness Program (ERP)

The focus of this program is to prepare students in the areas of employment and life skills.  In depth instruction is provided in three critical domains of adult living: daily living skills, self-determination/interpersonal skills, and employment skills.   Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate their readiness for employment. Positive work behaviors and market ready skills will enable students to be more independent, motivated, and successful.

Length of Program
This course spans 18 weeks and includes individualized instruction, group format instruction, and community based hands-on experience in a variety of work environments

Training Objectives

  • Daily Living Skills – Training to assist students  to manage personal finances (banking and budgeting), household management, personal needs, family responsibilities, food preparation, citizenship responsibility and leisure activities
  • Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills – Assisting students in developing self-awareness, self-confidence, socially responsible behavior, good interpersonal skills, independence, decision-making and good communication skills.
  • Employment Skills - Open the door to employment possibilities and choices for students by teaching them appropriate work habits, how to seek and maintain employment, physical/manual skills, and specific job competencies.

Program Admission Criteria

  • The individual has a documented need for ERP services by an appropriate/recognized evaluation source.
  • The individual meets all TRC general admissions criteria.
  • The individual has a stable and consistent pattern of behavior that will permit him/her to function within ERP’s learning environment.
  • The individual does not exhibit behaviors that would be disruptive to the learning routine of the individual or his/her fellow students.
  • The individual is able to transfer what is taught/ learned in the program to the home community.
  • The individual demonstrates goal directed behavior.
  • The individual is medically stable and able to participate in a full day of activities (5 to 6 hours).
  • The individual is:
    A.) able to independently manage basic Activities of Daily Living,
    B.) able to effectively manage a personal care attendant, or
    C.) willing to reside in the TRC medical dormitory. 
    (Please note: If personal care attendant services are needed, they must be arranged prior to admission into the ERP program).

Uniform Requirements

Must meet standard TRC dress code.

Career Information

ERP is a pre-vocational program that will prepare the student for the next step in their life path such as enrolling in a TRC-Smyrna training program, post-secondary education, direct employment or placement services.