Adapted Career Academy

The Adapted Career Academy (ACA) is a three-week, 45-hour training program designed for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. An ACA class is held every month. Successful completion of the Adapted Career Academy makes a student eligible for Blue Jacket Staffing. A variety of employment options are available depending on needs and preferences.

Objectives of the Adapted Career Academy include:

  • Self-Awareness – Explore key characteristics of personality, special interests, skills and obstacles
  • Research – Discover what types of jobs fit an individual’s personality, interests and skills
  • Getting the Job – Complete applications, build a resume, cover letter, include references and learn key skills to interviewing
  • Succeeding on the Job – How to overcome barriers, self-advocate for needs, discuss disability and accommodations, and an overview of available community resources

Program Requirements:

  • 18 years or older
  • No longer in school
  • Functional form of communication

Helpful Skills:

  • Time skills
  • Money skills
  • Calculation skills (addition and subtraction)
My son . . . went through your academy program in June this year. After graduation and receiving his Job Readiness certificate, he interviewed & got a job with the Grand Wayne Center. On Wednesday of last week, he fulfilled his 90-days probation period and he's now an employee of the Grand Wayne Center. I just want to say, Blue Jacket is an amazing organization, I've not seen such progress made with my son. He was with Voc Rehab for 11 years and didn't get sufficient support with helping him get a job. But from the time he went through the 2-week academy program with Blue Jacket, it changed how he thought about himself. Even with his mild disability, he felt more confident, got the help & support needed, and mainly dressed with confidence. It made a difference in the way he saw himself. Now he still walks in this same attitude; thinking of himself as successful. As his mother, I would like to say 'Blue Jacket, my hat is off to you!' An amazing organization; I pray you continue to help individuals near and far! Thank you!
Marie — Mother of a 2019 Adapted Career Academy graduate