Vocational Training



Adult Vocational Services:

We provide a program of supported employment that assists individuals we serve in gaining work skills through assessment, work experience, and training to work programs. Individuals are able to guide their vocational activities through selecting options we have available and by customizing their vocational plan to best explore their interests. Our adult program has many community partners that open their doors to the training and experience programs that may result in direct employment and act as resume builders to facilitate hiring through other community partners or non-partnered community employers. The overall goal of the vocational program is to help our people reach independence in the world of work to improve their standard of living through greater income and social opportunities in their lives.


Transitional Vocational Services:

Our Transitional Vocational program focuses on helping students begin to explore the world of work at the age of 14. Through job shadows, skill assessments, and work experience programs our students are empowered to learn the necessary social and vocational skills to make them successful in the work place. Our staff accompanies all students into the community assisting them with learning the expectations of work sites and providing valuable honest feedback to help them grow. Through our program the student is able to explore his or her interests through selecting from available options that work to accurately reflect work available in our community.

All transition-age students participate in vocational exploration.  Under the direct supervision of Pioneer’s job coaches, students learn skills that will make them valuable members of our community’s workforce. Like most interns, the student’s undertake the work not for financial gain, but to gain community employment experience.



Community Employment Training Sites:

Currently, there are several work-site locations in Chillicothe including, but not limited to: Sam’s Club, Hair Mechanix Salon, Tumbleweed’s, Adena Hospital, City Administration Building, Chillicothe Parks & Recreation, Pioneer Center’s Service and Support Administration building, Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center, Big Lots, Shawnee Lanes, and Carl’s Townhouse.

The Pioneer Center has been very pleased to see these organizations be so open and accepting, and is hoping to find more like-minded business partners to work with. If you or someone you know is interested in partnering with the Pioneer Center to help teens with developmental disabilities gain experience at your workplace, please call 740-773-8044.

The skill development areas we focus on are: retail, food service, landscaping, agriculture, art, custodial, cosmetology, recycling, and resident care. There are student mentors, peer-to-peer learning opportunities with local districts, summer work opportunities, and preparation to attend Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center programs.


Additional Components: 

The Pioneer Center’s Vocational Training Program entails several other facets including student mentors, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, with local school districts, and offers bridge preparation to attend programs at the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center .


Additional Information and Resources:

Vocational Training Brochure

Vocational Phases – Pioneer Center – Employment First Initiative 

Employment First Initiative

Junior Achievement

For more information about our Vocational Training Program, please call 740-773-8044.