Job Exploration & Training Programs

Local Training and Job Exploration Programs for Adults with Autism

CNC Machinist Program – Uniquely Abled
San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino
Program Contract: Miguel Ortiz, (909) 900-5084 miortiz@valleycollege.edu
The program is designed to build upon the talents and skills of adults with disabilities interested in computers and technology who want to enter the manufacturing industry. A job training program designed to educate adults with disabilities through in-class learning and hands-on work experience. Many adults with Autism have had success with this program. Through recent $10,000 funding from Goodwill of Southern Through recent $10,000 funding from Goodwill of Southern California and the collaboration with multiple partners, San Bernardino Valley College is offering this new program as of Fall 2021 that combines soft skills training, job training and job placement for this high demand career.

Desert Arc
73255 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-1611
https://www.desertarc.org/
Desert Arc is a nonprofit human services organization in the desert communities within the larger Coachella Valley – Morongo Basin serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities including conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and many others. Pathways to Employment is the umbrella for our vocational, on-the-job training and supportive, job placement service programs, working directly for Desert Arc or within our fellow employer network.  Programs also encompass an Adult Day Center, Behavior Management, Cafeteria Services, FYI – For Your Independence and ILS – Independent Living Skills supportive living, Sports and Recreation, Transportation programs, and many more.

Game Gen
1-833-426-3436
Ontario
https://www.gamegen.com/
Game Gen provides vocational job training, academic support, and product development in the field of computer science. Our mission is to create a productive community that provides an educational pathway for individuals to achieve meaningful lives by becoming game developers, exploring employment and lifelong friendships. Our ultimate goal is to see our students go on to lead creative, financially independent, socially connected, and preferred lives. Regional Center vendored.

Goodwill Southern California
909-885-3831
IEReferrals@goodwillsocal.org
https://www.goodwillsocal.org/
Provides Supported Employment Programs (SEP) services in La Quinta/Palm Desert and Cathedral City.

Impact Arts
Redlands
Program Contact: Lillian at Autism.lvasquez@gmail.com
http://www.in-roads.net/impact-arts/
Impact Arts is an innovative art development and exploration program providing a new path for adults with developmental disabilities to explore and engage in employment opportunities in the field of art as well as learn skills to increase independence and success in our community. Information for your Inland Regional Center Representative: Vendor Number PJ5106

Job Accommodation Network
(800)526-7234
http://www.askjan.org
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

JDS Studios- Creative Academy
Temecula
(951) 296-6715
https://jdscreativeacademy.org/
A full-service training vendor for Inland Regional Center with video production training and includes producing a weekly news broadcast and interacting with the community.

Options for All – Film & Media Studios
San Bernardino
(909)475-9503
https://optionsforall.org/film-media-studios
In-depth film production, project management, marketing, graphic design, advertising, and sales. Each session will develop and build upon the creative and practical skills of interested filmmakers who have a developmental disability, with the ultimate goal for them to become employed, independent and well-rounded individuals. Program held for 4 semesters at 20 weeks,25 hours a week. Vendored by Inland Regional Center. The program will dedicate 10 weeks to a first film and 10 weeks to a second film. Each individual will receive instruction on directing, producing, cinematography, and art. When filming is complete, the individual will learn post-production. Finally, the individual will explore the sales, marketing, and film distribution aspects of the business. The program is designed to combine classroom style teaching with hands-on experience in order to combine the theoretical with the practical. The program approaches learning from the perspective that the material is best internalized when applied directly in the classroom, on the set and live productions.

Technical Employment Training, Inc. (TET)
San Bernardino
(909) 382-4141
http://technicalemploy.org/
Is a non-profit business and manufacturing trade school founded by engineer and educator Dr. Bill Clarke and Kelly Space & Technology CEO and San Bernardino City Unified School District Board Member Mike Gallo, established in 2010 to help rebuild the city’s economy through job placement, and ensure career security and success for high school graduates. TET provides hands-on machinist skills training and manufacturing trades education to fill in-demand, high-tech positions, and cultivates highly skilled students who will be federally certified for immediate employment upon high school graduation. TET is unique from other trade schools in its 100 percent placement of students, operation of a manufacturing plant that offers real world applications, and role as an active partner with the school district creating industry pathways. Not Regional Center vendored at this time.

Upland Studio Arts – Tierra Del Sol
2nd Avenue Arts Program
134 N. 2nd Avenue, Upland
(909) 758-7317
www.tierradelsol.org
Inland Regional Center vendored program focused on art.

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