Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Connecting individuals, age 14-21, with fulfilling careers

How can Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) help me?

MRC's Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) offer students with disabilities aged 14-21 a chance to explore the working world. Working with partners statewide, we assist in career decision-making and future planning, catering to a broad spectrum of interests and goals, from first summer jobs to post-school career paths (up until their 22nd birthday).    

Pre-ETS providers focus on five core services to offer students during the program. 

  • Job exploration and counseling   

  • Workplace readiness training   

  • Work-based learning experiences   

  • Counseling on post-secondary education or training   

  • Self-advocacy and peer mentoring   

Every student is different, and there isn’t a “one-size-fits all” solution. Pre-ETS providers work with each student to find what type of job or career path best suits them. Students can expect a three-tier approach from providers to help build job awareness and confidence.  

Building Awareness    

  • Are they looking for a summer job? 
  • Do they want to know about available positions? 
  • Do they need help filling out work permits? 

The provider will help explore what’s available for the student.

Career Exploration  

  • What career interests them? 
  • What education and skills will they need? 

The provider will help explore the training and possible internships available for the student.   

Preparation   

Two years before graduating (or turning 22), the student will want to begin to connect with us and meet your VR counselor. Your counselor will pick up where the Pre-ETS provider left off, helping the student transition to a career path. 

Students in the 688 Program   

If the student is eligible for the 688 Program, your school system will connect them with a designated adult agency. Together, they will develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) and prepare a program that’s right for the student.   

Beyond High School

Pre-ETS services aren’t just for students in a traditional high school. Students enrolled in vocational schools, college courses, or training programs can still be eligible to work with a provider, as long as they are under the age of 22. 

Every school in the Commonwealth is assigned a Pre-Ets provider and a MRC counselor as a resource. If you would like to receive more information about finding the provider for your student, contact your school’s guidance office or local MRC Office. 

Additional Resources

Who can I work with?

MRC currently has 34 pre-ETS community providers that you can connect with or ask your MRC liaison for more information.

Pre-ETS Provider Name

Website

Contracted MRC Area Office(s)

American Training

americantraininginc.com

Lawrence, Lowell

Attleboro Enterprises

attleboroenterprises.org

Taunton

Best Buddies International

bestbuddies.org

Braintree, Plymouth

BCIL

bostoncil.org

Boston, Roxbury

B-Fair

bfair.org

North Adams, Pittsfield

CapeAbilities

capeabilities.org

Cape and Islands

Center for Living and Working

centerlw.org/

Fitchburg, Milford, Southbridge, Worcester

Center of Hope Foundation

thecenterofhope.org

Southbridge

Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled

cordcapecod.org/

Cape

Charles River Center

charlesrivercenter.org

Framingham

MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board

masshiregreaterlowell.com

Lowell

Community Work Services

cwsnewengland.org

Somerville

Disability Resource Center

disabilityrc.org

Salem

Easter Seals

easterseals.com/ma

Worcester

Fidelity House

fidelityhhs.org

Lawrence, Salem

HMEA

hmea.org

Milford

Independence Associates

iacil.org

Brockton, Plymouth

M.O. Life

molifeinc.com

New Bedford

Marriot Foundation for People with Disabilities

marriottfoundation.org

Boston, Roxbury

Martha's Vineyard Community Services

mvcommunityservices.org

Cape and Islands

New England Business Associates

nebaworks.com

Greenfield, Springfield

NILP

nilp.org

Fitchburg, Lowell, Lawrence

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

pyd.org

Boston, Roxbury, Somerville

Pride

pride-inc.org

Fall River, Taunton, New Bedford

Riverside Industries

rsi.org

Springfield

Seven Hills

sevenhills.org

Framingham, Worcester

STAVROS

stavros.org

Greenfield, Springfield

Tempus

masscp.org

Braintree, Brockton, Plymouth, Taunton

Triangle

triangle-inc.org

Brockton, Salem, Somerville

Viability

viability.org

Greenfield, North Adams, Pittsfield, Salem, Southbridge, Springfield, Worcester

Vinfen

vinfen.org

Somerville

Work Inc.

workinc.org

Boston, Braintree, Fitchburg, Roxbury

WOU

workopportunities.net

Fall river, Framingham, Milford, Springfield

 

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