Employment Services

Gateway offers an array of services to individuals seeking employment, returning to the workforce and/or experiencing barriers to employment. These services are designed to assist individuals in choosing, obtaining and maintaining employment. Some of the employments services available are:

  • Career Exploration
  • Decision Making
  • Identifying Strengths
  • Skills Assessment
  • Exploring Occupations
  • Linkage to Training Resources
  • Job Application Assistance
  • Interview Preparation
  • Resume Development
  • On-Site Job Coaching
  • Job Retention Supports
  • Building Confidence
  • Vocational Internships​
  • Benefits Advisement
  • Ongoing Job Support


Gateway’s Employment Services are offered to individuals with disabilities, students transitioning from school to work, individuals transitioning from public assistance to self-efficiency, and/or individuals with other barriers to employment. Services are funded by New York State Education Department Adult Career & Continuing Ed Services, Ulster County Department of Social Services, New York State Office of Mental Health, New York State Office of Persons With Developmental Disabilities and New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.  

EPIC – Employment Programs in the Community

EPIC (Employment Programs in the Community) offers a variety of vocational assistance and education to individuals who have an interest in working. There are various vocational services in EPIC designed to meet the specific level of needs for individuals.

EPIC services include:

  • Work Readiness
  • Community Pre-Vocational
  • Pathway to Employment
  • ETP (Employment Training Program)
  • Supported Employment.

Individuals who participate in these  services will get a thorough vocational  assessment and have the opportunity to gain self-awareness and education on different career fields through a discovery process.


Work Readiness

This Non-Waiver Service is open to Ulster County residents with intellectual /developmental disabilities. It offers opportunities for vocational exploration,  exposure and experience. Services included in this program are individual service planning, goal setting groups, site visits/informational interviews, vocational internship development, internship coaching and linkages to community resources.

Community Pre –Vocational

This program prepares people for paid employment or meaningful activities in two years or more. Tools used are discovery reports, community work experiences,  volunteer experiences and career planning.

Pathway to Employment

This program prepares people for paid employment but in a shorter time period, usually one year. A discovery report is generated as individuals participate in work experiences and develop vocational goals.

Employment Training Program (ETP)

Through discovery, job development and  intensive support employment in a year or less, this program provides access to internship opportunities at community businesses.

Supported Employment (SEMP)

SEMP provides individuals with job coaching, job development and life-long supports on a job. It is community based and prepares individuals for competitive and integrated.

Learn More

For more information or if you have questions regarding Employment Services please call the Director of Employment Services at 845-331-1261.