Job Development

Upcoming offerings:

Please check back for future offerings.

The course will cover these topics and more.

  • Supported Employment / Customized Employment
  • Job Development
  • Business Research
  • Employer Relations
  • Job-seeker Representation
  • Employer Concerns

Learning Objectives: After taking the course a participant will be able to:

  • Discuss research findings related to job development and individuals with disabilities.
  • Evaluate skills, formulate and implement an action plan that will lead to personal improvement and growth.
  • Identify typical employer concerns associated with hiring individuals with disabilities and indicate how you would address them.
  • Formulate questions to ask an employer to learn more about the organization and its needs.
  • Formulate a description of a jobseeker to share with a potential employer.
  • Evaluate your job development tool kit.
  • Describe ways to broaden your business connections.
  • Describe strategies to research a business.
  • Discuss ways to make a positive first impression.


Lesson One: Research, Values, and Mission

Lesson Two: Invest in Yourself

Lesson Three: Get ready and Get Set Before You Go!

Lesson Four: Making Business Connections

Course Lectures: Pam Targett

  • Research, Values, and Mission
  • Invest in Yourself
  • Get ready and Get Set Before You Go
  • Making Business Connections

Course Structure: The course consists of four lessons; each lasts one week. A new lesson is made available every other Monday morning by 9:00 a.m. E.T. The course web site is always available, and a participant may log into the course at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and complete the assignments. Each lesson will require 4 hours of staff time to complete. Please note that our online offerings are intensive, and we do not recommend taking more than one of these courses concurrently.

Course Credit: A participant can earn 1.6 CEUs or 16 CRCs upon course completion. Also, a certificate of completion will be issued to a participant who completes all course assignments.

Technical Requirements: A participant's computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and Flash Player (free software). A participant will be able to log on to the course at any time of the day and access the audio lectures. Each person MUST have an individual e-mail account. If the individual does not already have an account, a free one can be set up through We send updates on the course activities and feedback on course activities through e-mail contact. A participant must be able to receive and send messages in order to benefit from this online experience.

If you have questions about the technology applications, please contact Lucian Friel at (804) 827-1434. If you have content questions, please email Katherine Inge.