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Compete and succeed in the job market

Working closely with a team of experts, you’ll have the opportunity to identify your strengths and interests, explore assistive technology and develop skills and strategies to compete and succeed in the job market. Participants have found fulfilling careers in areas ranging from restaurant and retail work to business management and software engineering.

How It Works

Vocational Counseling

You’ll receive individualized vocational counseling, partnering with your vocational instructor to identify work training opportunities in the community to develop the skills and confidence to gain or maintain successful employment.


Assess your current skills, interests and needs. Explore entrepreneurial possibilities.


Devise a plan tailored to your individual circumstances and goals.


Polish your existing skills and acquire new ones.


Implement communication and travel strategies.

Contact your regional representative to learn more about HKNC assistance.

Our Employer Network

Individuals have achieved employment at local and regional businesses as well as national companies like Amazon, Adecco, CVS, PETCO and Best Buy. Our employer network is continually expanding as vocational instructors reach out to new companies to find employment opportunities that match participants’ unique interests and needs.

HKNC program participants’ community-based work experiences enable them to develop marketable skills; determine the types of support and adaptations necessary for various work environments; apply mobility techniques and communication methods they’ve learned in the classroom in real-world settings; and build their resumes. From retail, laundry and food service to education, editing, art and information technology, HKNC participants have gone on to build careers in a broad range of fields, including those who run their own businesses.

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Here’s a sampling of companies where HKNC program participants have worked:
  • Adecco
  • Amazon
  • Applebee
  • Auto Barn
  • Cintas
  • CVS
  • DeMatteis Center
  • GAP
  • Home Goods
  • Luxxotica
  • Michael’s Arts and Crafts
  • PetSmart
  • Stop and Shop
  • Subway Sandwich Shop
  • Sunrise Credit Services
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Tutor Time


Real World Experience

During your time at HKNC, you’ll work in real-world settings, building marketable skills through paid employment opportunities. HKNC staffers will help you find a placement in a field that interests you, enabling you to learn firsthand what it takes to work in that field on a day-to-day basis.

When reporting to a worksite, you’ll be accompanied by your vocational instructor, who will provide support and identify accommodations and adaptive equipment that might be helpful on the job. Once you’re ready to work independently, your vocational instructor will take a step back, giving you the chance to get the full employee experience.

Learn what it takes to do the jobs that interest you.

  • Gain hands-on experience in your field of choice.
  • Put your new skills to the test in an actual work environment.
  • Find the right fit for you.
  • Debrief and problem solve in collaborative sessions with peers.

Work in the community of your choice.

  • HKNC collaborates with service providers and the Vocational Rehabilitation agency in your home community.
  • Together, we identify local supports.
  • We pave the way for a smooth transition to a fulfilling career near your home.