Workforce Development 

Emory Valley Center’s Workforce Development programs assist people in Anderson, Campbell, Knox, Morgan, Roane and Scott counties.

Exploration – this service is designed to help a person make an informed choice about whether to pursue employment.  Support staff will:

• Arrange career exploration activities

• Schedule four to five business tours

• Practice informational interviews

• Facilitate job shadows

• Educate on work incentives

• Explain to the person and family that the choice to pursue employment belongs to the person

• Address any concerns, hesitations or objections

Discovery – this service is designed to help a person who wishes to pursue employment needs more information to determine the type of job to pursue.  Support staff will:

• Identify the person’s interests toward one or more specific aspects of the labor market

• Build skills, strengths and other contributions likely to be valuable to employers or community

• Identify the needs / accommodations of the persons to be successfully employed

Situational Observation and Assessment funded through Employment and Community First (ECF) Waiver or Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).  This service assesses a person’s interpersonal skills, work habits and vocational skills.  Support staff will:

• Create practical experiences for the person to identify interests, preferences and transferable skills

• Compare the actual performance of the person with core job skills and duties of a skilled worker

• Determine what is needed for the person to be successfully employed

Job Coaching – funded through Employment and Community First (ECF) Waiver and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) Waiver.  This service provides services and supports to assist the person to maintain employment.  Support staff will:

• Support the person while working

• Facilitate communication between the person and the person’s supervisor and co-workers

• Create a Fading Plan

Co-Worker Supports – funded through Employment and Community First (ECF) Waiver.  This service involves a provider entering into an agreement with a person’s employer to reimburse the employer for supports provided by one or more supervisors and/or co-workers in order to fade Job Coaching.  Support staff will establish fading expectations to maximize independence of the employee. 

Career Advancement – funded through Employment and Community First (ECF) Waiver.  This service is for a person currently employed who wishes to obtain a promotion and/or a second job.  Support staff will:

• Identify the person’s specific career advancement objective

• Develop a viable plan to achieve this objective

• Implement the plan

• Monitor the person’s success in the advanced position

Integrated Employment Path Services – funded through Employment and Community First (ECF) Waiver.  This service provides learning and work experiences, including volunteering opportunities, where a person can develop general, non-job-task-specific strengths and skills that contribute to employability.  Support staff will:

• Assist the person to identify employment goals

• Develop the person’s ability to communicate effectively, follow directions, attend to tasks, problem solve, and navigate the community

• Teach appropriate workplace conduct and dress

• Educate the person on general safety • Identify strategies to transition the person to employment

Benefits Counseling – this service is designed to inform the person how employment results in increased financial independence. Support staff will:

• Alleviate fears / concerns related to seeking employment

• Provide information on the full array of available work incentives

• Educate the person and family on income reporting requirement


For more information on how you can participate in any of our Workforce Development programs, please contact:

Workforce Development Director, Daisy Pratt 865-813-0557

Employment Specialist, Kevin Kidd 865-310-5997


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