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The Arc of Hilo is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to be providing services to the community. Vocational Training for people with developmental and other disabilities occurs daily at various private, county, state, and federal locations.

The mission of Employment Training Services at The Arc of Hilo is to prepare individuals with disabilities for competitive employment in the community. Services include identifying the individual's interests and skill and assessing the areas that need improvement. We offer hands-on training and support for interviews and other job skills for successful transition to employment. Classes are conducted by the Employment Training, Placement & Retention Manager.

The training, may be in specific areas as listed below or occur in the greater business community and prepares people to work in many different positions in the community. These areas include detailed lessons for each course and provide reasonable accommodations designed to assure that people with disabilities can succeed in the least restrictive environment.

"Our Employment Training participants are placed in the community as well as in our in-house commercial enterprises."

Basic training areas:

  • Commercial Laundry
  • Grounds Keeping/Yard Services
  • Hydroponic Plant Nursery
  • Commercial Janitorial Services
  • Basic Clerical Support
  • Basic Merchandising/Customer Service

Who is Eligible for Employment Training Services?

Any individual who is referred by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or qualified for a Medical Waiver (Client Support Services) or the LASR program, or wishes to purchase training directly as an individual or agency. On the Job Training and Job Experience Training may be available in collaboration with other agencies. There is a fee for services for the Arc of Hilo based curriculum.

For more information, please contact ETS Department at 808-935-8535
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