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CEA offers these CARF accredited programs:

Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation

The purpose of this program is to assess an individual's skills and readiness for work. The program includes several facets that identify goals and areas that need strengthening, as follows:

  • The Vocational Evaluation Process - combines needs-assessment interview and an individualized service plan.
  • Situational Assessments - Actual tryouts in work or training settings that help determine a client's skills and levels of interest in packaging, food service, office technologies, and building maintenance.
  • On Job Experiences - Additional opportunities for tryouts in community placements such as retail, recreational therapy and animal care.
  • Behavioral Observations, Vocational Tests, Interest Assessments - These action steps which involve both participants and staff give individuals feedback on work habits needed for employment, provide information about work skills including clerical ability, dexterity, academic levels and physical stamina, and determine the best match of employment to the client's interests.

Outcomes of Vocational Evaluations

Many individuals continue at CEA in Skills Training, Work Adjustment Training, or Extended Employment Programs. Or, the client may be referred to Preplacement Services and immediately start looking for work with the support of CEA. Another option is that the individual may be referred to a training program not offered by CEA. If a client is not ready to work, CEA staff and DVRS counselors work together to identify a suitable non-work program for the individual.

Work Adjustment Training

To keep a job, workers not only need the know-how to do that job (hard skills), but the work habits, interpersonal skills, and understanding of the expectations for the job (soft skills). The purpose of Work Adjustment Training (WAT) is to help individuals focus on improving their soft skills in a way that will increase their chances of finding and keeping a job, while also developing their work skills. Participants are assigned an on-site work area and develop an individual plan toward work readiness.

Employment Skills Training

We offer two on-site skill building programs to give teens and adults with special needs the opportunity to gain experience through hands-on job training. In addition to giving them specific job skills, these programs help individuals to function not only in the job market but in their daily lives as well—giving them a sense of self-worth, the ability to cooperate, and the sense of accomplishment necessary for success.

The programs we offer are:

Office Technologies


This self-directed program allows individuals to work at their own pace, so we’re ready whenever they are! For both new and seasoned computer users, this tutorial computer career training program provides the opportunity to learn the concepts and practical usage of many of today’s most widely used business applications.

In addition to teaching the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access), training is also provided in:

  • Keyboarding
  • Data entry
  • Word processing
  • Basic and advanced computing

Special emphasis is placed on individualized learning instruction, so the length of the program and teaching methods may vary according to individual needs.

When the individual is ready to move on to employment, we provide support in job seeking and interviewing skills, adjusting to a work schedule, and becoming oriented to a new job.

The requirements to enter the Office Technologies skills training program are a sixth grade or higher reading level, interest in finding employment, and ability to meet daily needs independently.

Food Services


CEA's Food Services Training Program provides hands-on learning that prepares individuals for a variety of positions in the food service industry. Those with mental, emotional, and physical challenges have successfully gained the skills required to become employed.

At the completion of the program, individuals are given job seeking support. Many of our population have found employment in the following areas:

  • Food Prep
  • Cook
  • Server
  • Cashier
  • Bus Person
  • Dishwasher

Criteria for Food Services training includes interest in finding community employment, physical ability to handle basic food preparation tasks, and ability to meet daily needs independently.

Additional Skills Training Programs


Opportunities for hands–on experience are also available in areas of packaging/assembly, retail-food service, building maintenance, and building trades.

Skills Training programs are offered year round, Monday through Friday, 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM. Participants are assisted in obtaining funding through NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or Work Force NJ if they qualify. Private pay is also accepted.

Extended Employment

Readiness for employment in the community can take longer for some individuals than others. The familiar setting of CEA allows those with the skills to perform a job in Packaging/Assembly or Food Service to earn a regular paycheck while building their skills and readiness for employment in the outside world. For these individuals, CEA offers Extended Employment in their area of interest (subject to availability of work). Once these individuals' goals are met and they feel ready to work elsewhere, other other employment services help them to transition.

For additional information or to arrange a meeting to learn more about our services please contact:

Joanne Kunz
VP Employment Services
Phone: (908) 782-1480, Extension 230