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ELEVATE Employment Program

At KCCDD's ELEVATE Employment Program, an Employment Specialist identifies the best work environment for each individual based upon his or her gifts, strengths, and interests that align with an employer's needs and desires. 

Job Assessment 

A job coach helps evaluate the job seeker's individual plan for employment to develop a vocational goal. Skills are identified, and a resume is built for the job seeker to present to potential employers. 

Job Coaching

We provide lasting support in learning job skills, securing accommodations, developing relationships, problem-solving, and more. 

Job Development 

Potential employers are identified based upon the job seeker's skills and wishes and the employer's needs and desires. Job seekers work on applications, practice interview skills, and address any accommodations.  

Long-Term Support

After 90 days, KCCDD staff will continue to serve as a liaison for the individual and the employer to ensure continued success.

Benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities: 

  • It can increase your profit margin. 

  • It diversifies your company culture. 

  •  There is a vast, untapped market of potential employees.

  • It increases employee motivation and reduces turnover rate. 

  • There are federal and state tax incentives.

To speak to our Employment Specialist, please e-mail Amelia Zielke or call 309-344-2600

ELEVATE Testimonials

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Adam Vitale, President, G&M Distributors, Inc.

"At G&M, we are proud to partner with KCCDD's ELEVATE employment program. We receive high quality and dependable work. Simultaneously, it is rewarding to see the sense of  accomplishment from the KCCDD client."