Transition to Community Employment: The Arc's TRACE Program
Transition to Community Employment Program (TRACE) is a 12-month work readiness program developed by The Arc of Luzerne County and delivered through Luzerne County Community College for individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism. The TRACE Program is funded through the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation as a qualified program through a Letter of Understanding (LOU). Students with disabilities can select the program and receive funds to attend. The Arc of Luzerne County submits monthly invoices to OVR detailing the dates of attendance and student accomplishments for each student approved for funding.
To date, we have successfully completed 6 classes and are currently hosting the 7th. Of the 49 graduates, 35 are currently gainfully employed at minimum wage or higher. In September 2018, the 7th class began with students targeted to graduate in August 2019 It is our hope to add another class in the near future, and to refine our curriculum and make it available to agencies across Pennsylvania. We are looking to engage additional partners, volunteers with and without disabilities, with the goal of providing service to more individuals and families in need throughout our community.