Vocational Skills

Education, Training, Field Placement, and Coursework

Vocational Areas: Vocational training is offered in retail, office skills, hospitality, food service, eldercare, and childcare. Students entering VIP explore career options and secure field placements to begin developing and identifying vocational goals and mastering basic skills necessary for entry-level employment in their chosen career area. Students focus on their vocational area through coursework taught by professionals in their field.

Field Placement: Internship experiences continue to increase in subsequent years, focusing on skill development, work ethic, and consistency of performance. Placement opportunities are individually designed to give each student the ability to rise to the highest level of performance. Students continue to receive guidance and support via vocational counseling and on-site supervision. VIP stresses a cooperative education approach, engaging more than 50 businesses and organizations within the community. Examples of organizations that support our program include: 

  • MetLife
  • Holiday Inn
  • Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Computer Associates
  • Tutor Time
  • Marshall’s/Home Goods
  • Applebee’s
  • Barnes & Noble

Vocational Curriculum: The curriculum includes interviewing skills, resume development, networking and job search techniques. Students gain an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), personnel practices, and procedures, along with heavy emphasis on self-advocacy and vocational independence. Students are given the tools they need to secure and retain competitive employment.