Services Provided and Programs Governed by the Achievement Center – Easter Seals
The Achievement Center – Easter Seals (AC-ES) provides the following employment outcome related services to persons in the counties we serve with disabilities referred to us by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services: community based services, employability development services, and vocational evaluation services. The community based services are performed in the community, and the employability development services and evaluation services are offered at AC-ES. Senior citizens without disabilities are also served in employment outcome related programs at AC-ES with money provided through grants. The services and programs are detailed below.
Job Development – A Job Developer is assigned to each consumer. The Job Developer has knowledge of the labor market and has developed contacts and relationships with area businesses. Based on the consumer’s interests and abilities, a job match is found. A Job Developer assists the consumer with resume development, application completion, transportation to interviews, job leads, job readiness/interviewing skills, on the job training, job coaching, employer education about disabilities, assistive technology, and job searching.
Job Coaching – A Job Coach trains the consumer at the job site after the consumer has been employed. This training can be for an extended amount of time or just for a short period, depending on the individual need of the consumer.
Job Retention – After a consumer becomes employed, a Retention Specialist will contact the consumer and employer to make sure everything is going well at the place of employment. If a problem is discovered, the Job Developer will intervene and do what is necessary to help the consumer solve the problem and remain employed.
On The Job Training/Evaluation – The consumer is placed on a job in the community, but is not employed by the company. The objective is to determine if there is employment potential for the consumer at that job before the actual placement occurs. The numbers of hours are jointly agreed upon between his/her Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS)Counselor and the Achievement Center Easter Seals (AC-ES). ADRS reimburses AC-ES for the wages paid to the consumer by AC-ES.
Community Based Training Sites – Consumers receive job training at businesses in the community who partner with AC-ES. Consumers earn minimum wage while at the training site. Knowledge, experience, and skills learned can be transferred to other jobs if an employment offer is not extended at the training site.
Please click below to view the Achievement Center – Easter Seals Community Based Training Brochure:
Job Readiness – A class used to develop pre-employment and job readiness skills. Individuals may learn how to write a resume and cover letters, complete job applications, search for employment, and answer interview questions. Appearance, appropriate dress, socialization, work terminology, and work ethics are also presented.
Skills Development – A series of classes intended to assist consumers in gaining skills and knowledge necessary for daily living. Topics covered include money management, checkbook management, smart shopping, interpreting pay stubs, choosing the appropriate insurance coverage, and credit card handling.
Adult Education – An Adult Education instructor from Southern Union Community College, who is based at AC-ES, works with our consumers to improve their academic functioning level. The consumers are taught based on where they test academically on the TABE when they begin services. Consumers can work on GED preparation, computer skills and Workkeys/WIN training.
Basic Computer Skills – Basic keyboarding and typing; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint.
Driver’s Education – Preparation for the written driver’s permit test; review of laws, signs, and other requirements.
Cashiering – Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; calculator skills, money recognition, money equivalents, counting money, making change, and introduction to the cash register.
Janitorial Service Training – A training area designed to teach skills and techniques needed in the housekeeping/custodial profession. Consumers are taught to sweep, mop, buff floors, strip floors, clean restrooms, dust, and clean windows.
Landscaping/Grounds Maintenance – A training area designed to teach safety and use of basic hand tools, hedge clippers, hoes, shovels, rakes, power tools, riding mowers, weed eaters, and curbing edgers.
Production Training – The Achievement Center has assembly/production contracts with several businesses in the local area. To further evaluate and develop work habits, speed, skills, and physical tolerance, consumers are scheduled on a part day or full day basis to train in the work shop to help the center meet production obligations.
Program Management – The employment training program at AC-ES is intended to equip consumers with the tools needed to obtain a job, develop job skills, understand what is expected of them on a job, learn work values that are desired by employers, and how to retain employment. This is accomplished through classes and actual paid work experiences. The program manager counsels and guides the consumer as they progress through their program. The consumer can come to the program manager with personal problems that are making it difficult for them to work or with concerns they have related to their program at AC-ES. The consumer, training area supervisors, and ADRS counselor all work together to prepare the consumer for competitive employment. The program manager is at the hub of the wheel, assuring that communication flows freely and all aspects of the consumer’s training program run smoothly.
Transportation – Transportation to and from AC-ES is available to consumers while they are participating in our in-house ED program. Busses and vans run daily on set routs to the counties we serve.
Evaluation I – Vocational Assessments given to transition students still enrolled in high school who are being served by an Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. The students can come to AC-ES to be tested, or our evaluator will schedule a time for the testing to be done at the school. Testing is done to establish a potential to work, which is necessary to be determined eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Evaluation II – Vocational Assessments given to consumers with disabilities referred to us by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. These evaluations are usually performed in-house, but mobile testing can be arranged. The assessments are used to determine a realistic vocational goal for the consumer and used in the preparation of a program plan for the consumer to follow while receiving services from AC-ES. Academic, interest, aptitude, dexterity, job search, and physical capacities tests are administered to consumers and results are contained in a report generated for their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Extended Evaluation – If after the standard one week Evaluation II, there are still questions remaining concerning the consumers potential to work, or the program referral recommendation is unclear, the consumer can enter the AC-ES in-house employability development program for up to one month for further assessment.
Employment Skills Training Services
The CNA class prepares students to achieve the level of health/science knowledge, patient care skills, and abilities that are needed and required to provide basic care to patients/residents in long term care facilities. The class consists of four weeks of classroom instruction and one week of clinical experience. The class will prepare the student to pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination in order to receive Certified Nursing Assistant status. The Achievement Center is a certified training provider for WIA, permitting referrals from the local Career Center, and our CARF accreditation allows us to serve referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation. Private pay is also accepted.
Cost of Class: $1800.00
• Self Pay- Come to the Achievement Center to complete paperwork. Payment must be made before spot is secured. Cost $1,800.00
• Consumers in Alabama with a disability- Call ADRS (334) 749-1259
• Consumers in Georgia with a disability- Call GVRA (706) 649-7400 (Columbus) or (706) 298-7270 LaGrange
• Consumers who qualify based on income level-
•(Lee, Macon, Chambers, Russell, Tallapoosa area) Go to the Opelika Career Center located on Frederick Road across from Tiger Town. Tell them you are interested in taking the CNA class at the Achievement Center. They will give you paperwork to complete and let you know if you qualify.
•(Alexander City area) Call David Coleman 256-215-4491 or Ulanda Burton 256-215-4256 at the Alexander City Career Center
•( Roanoke area) Call Deborah Calhoun 334-863-8114 at the Roanoke Career Center
• 17 years of age or older
• Felony Free background
• 10th grade level in Reading; 9th grade level in Math
• Able to lift 50 pounds occasionally and 25 pounds frequently
• Have 20/40 vision
• Stand and walk 36%-66% of the day
• Frequently carry objects, twist, push/pull, bend, reach forward, reach overhead
• Negative drug test result
• Negative TB skin test
You will be provided with:
• Five weeks of intensive training by an instructor approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health. The instructor must have a current Alabama Nursing License, two years nursing experience (one with the elderly), and have one of the following: Masters Degree in Nursing, Train the Trainer Certification in Alabama, Instructor Training with the American Red Cross, or a current State of Alabama teaching certificate.
• 2 uniforms, 1 lab coat, 1 pair of shoes
• Fee for CNA exam (2)
• Background check, drug screen, TB test, Hepatitis B Vaccination
After completing all state, classroom, and clinical requirements of the program, the student must pass a 2 part state exam (written examination and skills evaluation) in order to become certified and listed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry.