Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

If you are a student with a disability, Pre-ETS can help you get ready for a job.

About Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Before you finish high school, pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) can help you get ready for a job. These services include:

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work readiness training
  • Work-based learning experiences
  • Counseling in post-secondary education
  • Self-advocacy

These services can help you become more aware and gain skills to be prepared for the world of work.

Pre-ETS Providers deliver services across 3 tiers. A tier approach ensures that students of all abilities can access and engage in programs that build skills based on their abilities. Tiers include:

  • Start-up Tier – Awareness
  • Intermediary Tier – Exploration
  • Advanced Tier – Preparation.

Pre-employment transition services can start at age 14 and are available until you graduate high school or turn 22. You do not need to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation, instead you can connect directly to a pre-ETS community provider while still in high school and benefit from the five pre-ETS services.

MRC recommends that students take part in at least one pre-ETS service before applying for VR services.

Students should apply for VR eligibility two years before graduation through a Chapter 688 referral or a direct referral, or they can apply earlier if they need more individualized supports to participate in pre-ETS.

To access pre-ETS services, contact a pre-ETS provider in your area (listed below.) You can bring the MRC Pre-ETS Enrollment Form provided as a download below.

 

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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

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

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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