Supported Employment

All of the Phoenix Center’s students aged 14 through 21 participate in various types of employment. The two components of this program are career exploration for students 14 to 16 and Structured Learning Experience (SLE) Program using supported employment for students 16 and older.

Structured Learning Experiences are experiential, supervised educational activities designed to expose students to the requirements and responsibilities of specific job titles, and to assist them in gaining employment skills and making career and educational decisions.

SLEs may be either paid or unpaid, depending on the type of activities involved.

Our highly trained and talented employment staff of ten provides natural supports while integrating the principles of ABA, task analyses, data collection, fading and prompting—as well as adaptive strategies and materials to increase job production—to ensure success at the job site.  All staff are trained by the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE).

Unique to The Phoenix Center, we have 35 paid and/or volunteer employment sites in four counties in the community or at The Phoenix Center.  Currently, 95% of our 81 students in the 16 through 21 year age range are either employed and/or volunteer in the community or at The Phoenix Center.

Restaurant Program

The Restaurant Program is part of our in-house supported employment program.  Students complete applications and interview for various jobs within the restaurant.  Jobs include cooking, food preparation and serving.