Vocational & Employment

We understand that re-entering the job market following a crisis or trying to get a job for the first time may feel overwhelming. Our vocational and employment programs can help you set employment goals and provide support as you pursue meaningful employment.

Career Connections

Career Connections offers adults in the Community Support Program career counseling, job development, post-employment support, benefit counseling, self-employment opportunities, supported education for individuals returning to or beginning college, and a variety of job training programs.

Career Connections focuses on an individual’s unique interests, strengths, abilities and educational and life experiences. Individuals are primarily referred by care managers and psychiatrists in the Community Support Program. Self referrals are also encouraged.

For more information about Career Connections, call 802-488-6035 or 802-488-6000.

I didn’t choose mental illness. Having a professional job has given me the chance to be independent. –Career Connections client


The JOBS Program provides comprehensive care management, therapeutic and employment support for adolescents and young adults (ages 16-21 years) who are experiencing mental health challenges.

The program helps youth find and maintain employment, while developing independent living skills in order to live successfully in the community.

Clients are referred through staff in other Howard Center programs and by other community providers. JOBS is a collaboration between Spectrum Youth and Family Services and the State of Vermont Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

For more information about JOBS Program, call 802-488-7270 or 802-488-6000.

The JOBS Program has given me the confidence and understanding to be independent. Having a job that I enjoy allows me to focus my energy on other parts of my life. –JOBS Program client