The Work Readiness Program provides instruction in employment preparation skills for adults in or Wood-Ridge and Paramus programs. Classes focus on a number of components, including, but not limited to career exploration; person centered planning activities; travel training; positive work behaviors and attitudes; social skills at work; problem solving; safety; self-help and advocacy skills. Our Work Readiness Instructor, JoAnne Kuhl partners with each adult to determine strengths, interests and preferences. Situational community based assessments, travel assessments, career preferences inventories are used to develop a personal portfolio for each participant.
JoAnne’s goal is to partner with each adult to find the perfect job match and provide the necessary supports to be successful on the job. JoAnne will work to develop natural supports for each job site, encouraging relationships between the adults and co-workers on the job. JoAnne continues to liaison with the employer, provides job coaching support and is instrumental in developing a successful fading strategy over time.
Employed adults have the opportunity to come back into the program to take refresher classes and/or to become peer mentors for individuals in the class.
In September, the clients went to the Fort Lee Historical Park. The museum at the park follows the early colonists from protest to the Revolution. There are replicas of the original Fort Lee. Interactive exhibits show how the soldiers of the Revolutionary War survived. There are live demonstrations of colonists preparing food and chopping wood to keep warm and cook. We also saw how ammunition was made and used.