Howard Training Center’s Community Employment program helps individuals with
disabilities acquire and maintain competitive jobs through the Individual
Placement Program. Community Employment offers time limited and long term
supports depending on the individual's disability and need. The program
currently operates 13 supported employment enclaves throughout Stanislaus
County, each consisting of a small crew of 3 to 6 workers and a Job Coach
Current enclaves include: Cal Trans Rest Area in Turlock, Cal Trans Rest Area
in Westley, HTC Cleaning Crew and City of Ceres Right of Way Maintenance.
Under the direct supervision of the Job Coaches, workers learn a variety of
jobs and, when proficient, are able to independently pursue and excel with
minimal contact from the Coach.
For more information, please contact Betty Arwood, Director of Vocational
Services, at (209) 554-1911.
Client Profile: David Kirk
David began working with HTC’s Community Employment Program as part of a
building and grounds maintenance crew in 1973. He went on to work at Wal-Mart’s
garden department and as a janitor through HTC’s Individual Placement Program.
David currently holds a job that he loves in Home Depot’s garden department. He
works 20 hours a week receiving, stocking and making sure that plants are
watered sufficiently to withstand the California heat, as well as sharing his
knowledge of gardening with the customers who come to the store. David is
supported in his employment by an HTC job coach who visits him at work once a
week to assure that he is communicating with his employers and that their shared
work experience is beneficial and positive.
Sharon, David’s wife of 14 years, is also an Individual Placement
participant. They met while both were working at HTC in different jobs. Sharon
currently works at the CSUS Stanislaus café. She and David have lived
independently in their own home in Modesto for the last 10 years.