Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Helping Students Experience Work

About Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

MRC’s Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-Ets) provide students with disabilities the opportunity to experience and explore the world of work. Together with provider partners across the state, we help students make decisions about their career paths and create a plan for their future. Whether younger students are interested in learning about their first summer job or upper-level students are planning their career path after school, providers offer a wide range of possibilities for students aged 14-21 (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.  

Start-up Tier – 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.   

Intermedia Tier – 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.    

Advanced Tier – 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 for

Pre-ETS Community Providers

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


Contracted MRC Area Office(s)

American Training

Lawrence, Lowell

Attleboro Enterprises


Best Buddies International

Braintree, Plymouth


Boston, Roxbury


North Adams, Pittsfield


Cape and Islands

Center for Living and Working

Fitchburg, Milford, Southbridge, Worcester

Center of Hope Foundation


Charles River Center


MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board


Community Work Services


Disability Resource Center


Easter Seals


Fidelity House

Lawrence, Salem



Independence Associates

Brockton, Plymouth

M.O. Life

New Bedford

Marriot Foundation for People with Disabilities

Boston, Roxbury

Martha's Vineyard Community Services

Cape and Islands

New England Business Associates

Greenfield, Springfield


Fitchburg, Lowell, Lawrence

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Boston, Roxbury, Somerville


Fall River, Taunton, New Bedford

Riverside Industries


Seven Hills

Framingham, Worcester


Greenfield, Springfield


Braintree, Brockton, Plymouth, Taunton


Brockton, Salem, Somerville


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



Work Inc.

Boston, Braintree, Fitchburg, Roxbury


Fall river, Framingham, Milford, Springfield


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