Transitional Employment Consultants (TEC) is a private, non-profit 501 (C) 3 that has been providing supported employment services to individuals with disabilities for 34 years.
Transitional Employment Consultants’ (TEC) mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to become independent, productive members of the community by providing job readiness training and placement into competitive employment.
TEC was established in 1984 with a grant secured by the Mental Health Association of Washington County. This was a collaborative effort involving the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Washington District Office (OVR), the Washington/Greene Counties Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program (MH/MR), the Mental Health Association of Washington County, and the University of Pittsburgh to provide supported employment services for consumers of mental health.
Adult Supported Employment Services:
TEC’s ultimate goal for all individuals who receive services is to secure and maintain employment in the community. The agency’s employment placement rate has historically hovered at 60%, with 80% of those who secure jobs keeping their jobs for over ninety days.
Initially the agency provided supported employment services to primarily consumers receiving mental health services from 1984-1998. In 1998, at the request of OVR, the agency began to provide services to all disability groups. Geographically TEC expanded its adult supported employment services to include the Monongahela Valley Office in 2004 and in Fayette County with an office in Uniontown in 2006. These geographic expansions were based upon the expressed need for additional supported employment services in these areas by OVR and county behavioral health programs.
The TEC Education Center provides a unique programming option for local school districts for a specialized group of students to grow and become a success. The program offers academics that are delivered in accordance to the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), transition skills, and work skills through volunteering in the community. Students benefit from the following: (1) Academics: All academics are taught by a Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher. Students receive all of their required academic classes and comply with their IEP; (2) Transition/Social Skills: Students complete vocational, transition and social skills lessons to strengthen their ability to meet post-secondary goals. Students benefit by volunteering at local businesses several times a week.
For more information, please contact us at 724-225-3535 or by visiting our website at www.tecwork.org