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What is the College of Employment Services?

The College of Employment Services (CES) offers courses built around a nationally recognized set of competencies from the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). The courses support staff by providing guidance on finding and maintaining meaningful employment.

The CES Course Catalog includes courses on:
  • Business Perspectives
  • Employment for People with Disabilities and Criminal Histories
  • Employment Services for People with Mental Health Disabilities
  • Foundations of Employment Services
  • Funding Employment Services
  • Job Creation
  • Networking
  • Performance Coaching and Support, Part 1
  • Performance Coaching and Support, Part 2
  • Principles of Career Development
  • Strategies for Job Development, Part 1
  • Strategies for Job Development, Part 2
  • Ticket to Work
  • Using Work Incentives to Increase Self Sufficiency
To download the course catalog and view descriptions of the courses listed here, visit the DirectCourse Course eCatalog website.

College of Employment Services in Rhode Island

The Sherlock Center at Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston, is delivering the state's first online learning opportunity for supporting meaningful employment. Using online content from the College of Employment Services in tandem with field work assignments, reflections, and webinars, learners will earn an ACRE certification upon completion.

Learners will receive content and technical support from an In-Agency Mentor, the Sherlock Center, and an instructional coach from ICI. With this supports, learners are expected to complete the following:
  • 11 online courses (45 online lessons total)
  • 3 hour-long webinars
  • 9 fieldwork assignments and reflections
Learners will have 3 months to complete the online coursework through the Sherlock Center's DirectCourse platform. Upon successful completion of at least 75% of the online coursework, learners will have an additional 3 months to complete fieldwork assignments and reflections as well as webinars through ICI. While it is recommended that learners complete the entirety of this course in 6 months, additional time will provided on an individual basis as needed.

Download the CES ACRE Certificate 2018 Flyer PDF image 309 kb PDF
Download the CES ACRE Certificate Checklist PDF image 28 kb PDF

What's the In-Agency Mentor?

Each agency that has staff enrolled in the CES ACRE program will need to designate at least one In-Agency Mentor. The In-Agency Mentor should be a seasoned vocational staff member that has an ACRE Certificate or the equivalent. The mentor will support learners in successfully completing the course requirements. Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) ensuring adequate access to technology, giving learners time to complete the course requirements, answering content-related questions, and conducting at least twice-monthly check-ins with learners. For more information, please review the guidance document, available below. If your agency is unable to provide a mentor, please contact Vicki Ferrara.

Download the In-Agency Mentor Guidance PDF image 67 kb PDF

Fieldwork Assignments for CES ACRE Certificate

Once learners have completed at least 75% of the online coursework, learners will work directly with their instructor from ICI to complete 9 fieldwork assignments and corresponding reflections. Learners will both access and directly submit these assignments to their ICI instructor through ICI's online platform. Download the syllabus to preview the assignments.

Download the CES ACRE Syllabus PDF image 85 kb PDF

Registering Learners for CES ACRE Certification

The Sherlock Center on Disabilities is accepting new registrants for the CES ACRE Certificate for 2018. Registration will take place on a rolling basis. Please see the dates below for registration deadlines.
Registration Deadline
Online Coursework
(Sherlock Center)
Fieldwork and Webinars
Spring 2018
December 31, 2017
January-March 2018
April-June 2018
Summer 2018
March 31, 2018
April-June 2018
July-September 2018
Fall 2018
June 30, 2018
July-September 2018
October-December 2018

If you are interested in learning more and/or registering learners from your agency for the CES ACRE Certificate course, please contact Lindsay Scarpaci. All agencies registering learners will need to submit the registration spreadsheet and identify the In-Agency Mentor(s).

In-Person Training Opportunities

Additionally, the Sherlock Center on Disabilities offers an in-person ACRE certification training series, as well as various "mini-series" to focus on a single skill area. To learn more about this program and current offerings, visit the Supporting Meaningful Employment webpage.
DirectCourse Contacts

Register Learners for CES ACRE Certification
Tony Antosh, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Register Learners for DSP Certification
Tony Antosh, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Donna Martin, Community Provider Network of Rhode Island

Add and/or Update Learners
Lindsay Scarpaci, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Staff of Self-Directed Account Creation
Lindsay Scarpaci, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Purchase a Facility
Olivia Sullivan, Elsevier/DirectCourse

Technical Issues
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