Arcadia Employment Services
Arcadia Employment Services is a specialized employment, training, and placement agency supporting people with disabilities with work related goals to obtain job opportunities throughout Berkshire County. Arcadia Employment Service’ commitment to promote valued community roles for people with disabilities through gainful employment is the driving force of service design and support models.
Services focus on vocational evaluation, job placement through job development, identifying skills and qualifications required for specific occupations, matching these with the capabilities of the person and providing consultative services through a variety of support models to the employee and the employer as well as funding sources. The primary referral and funding source for Arcadia is the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Other funding sources are CIES (Community Integrative Employment contract through Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Acquired Brain Injury Program (ABI), Mass Commission for the Blind (MCB), MRC Brian Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services Program (MRC BI & SSCS), MRC Statewide Employment Services (MRC SES), Private pay and on-going partnership with local public school systems.
Arcadia Employment Services offers a variety of services such as job placement, case management, vocational evaluations and skills training programs. Our vocational evaluations consist of an assessment of a person’s skills, interests, and abilities at various work locations with the optimal goal of obtaining employment with benefits for the individual. Through our skills training program, we offer on the job training in the community to assist people to increase their work skills and independence in the work place. We have partnered with others to support people to access additional training for their career of choice. In the past we have supported people to gain additional education via programs such as CNA or PCA training, GED (General Equivalency Diploma) or English as a Second Language classes (ESL).
A sampling of local businesses providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities include The Big Y, North Adams YMCA, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Fairview Commons, Pittsfield-Pet Resort, and Target.