Disabilities are not a barrier to working.
At CLASS, tomorrow's workers are learning and using new skills, preparing to embark on their paths to employment. With help from side-by-side job coaches and daily supports, individuals fill out a survey and research what they'd like to do, examine the possibilities, explore careers and try their hand at various jobs, such as assembly work, mailings, grocery bagging and stocking shelves, and janitorial and maintenance jobs at customer sites.
With their job development plans tailored to their needs, people with disabilities discover what's possible and become ready to choose jobs that interest and suit them.
Working promotes self-esteem, builds independence and gives each individual the sense of accomplishment ... pride of a job well done. And while your family members are working they continue to receive supports from CLASS career specialists who care about their success and coach them to independence.
For more information about CLASS's career and employment programs, contact
Charlie Powderly, Director of Employment Services, 978-975-8587, ext. 1339.
Employment programs include:
Help us find our way to work.
CLASS prepares individuals with disabilities to embark on new paths to employment, working at a job they like and in a place where they feel respected. In 2015 we successfully matched more than 20 individuals to jobs:
- assembly work;
- office support functions, such as front desk greeter and filing;
- mail room tasks, such as sorting mail and then disseminating it to the proper departments;
- assembling promotional mailings;
- grocery bagging and stocking shelves; and
- restaurant, janitorial and maintenance jobs at customer sites.
To find the right match, CLASS job coaches key in on individuals’ strengths and interests by conducting assessments and surveys, then guide individuals to learn new skills. With daily help, with side-by-side supports, individuals explore and experience hands-on training to prepare for a full range of responsibilities suitable for the individual to perform.
With job development plans tailored to their needs, people with disabilities discover what's possible and become ready for jobs that interest and suit them, increasing their empowerment, self-satisfaction, confidence and independence. Vocational training and continuous on-the-job supports ensure an individual’s continued confidence, success and satisfaction.
Effective job matching and, ultimately, employment for people with disabilities, are motivators for families to place their loved ones with CLASS.
Successful job development is a number of tasks that requires skill and commitment on the part of the individual seeking a job and members of their support team. CLASS job developers use person-centered career planning to get to know their job seekers. We are knowledgeable about community resources and also adept at recognizing and utilizing personal networks. CLASS job coaches personalize the employment relationship between an individual and an employer to fulfill the specific business needs outlined by the employer, an approach which may include job carving, job creation and job sharing. The CLASS job seeker enjoys an employment process that helps them uniquely fit the job position, one that meets their individual needs and interests, and a job coach who continues to support them until the requirements of the job are performed independently.
A Little Easier Recovery, North Andover
Aramark Uniform Service, Lawrence
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Business Benefits, Andover
The Catalog Source
Endo Evolution, North Chelmsford
Holt & Bugbee, Tewksbury
Joe Fish, North Andover and North Reading
Original Gourmet Food Company, Salem, N.H.
Pacific Packaging, Wilmington
Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation, Stow
Star Products, Methuen
Stephen Gould Corporation, Tewksbury
Tender Corporation, Littleton, N.H.
The Loft, North Andover
The Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill, North Andover
Unifirst, Nashua, N.H.