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Lindsey Smith - Program Director



VTE is an affiliate of Futures Explored serving adults with Developmental Disabilities in Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.  VTE provides a wide range of supports designed to promote independence in the community.  VTE was created in 1981 and merged with Futures Explored in 2004.  Here are some of the programs VTE offers:

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VTE Programs

Community College Transition Project (CCTP): Available at American River and Cosumnes River Colleges, CCTP is designed to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be successful in their college careers. We provide support in areas such as self-advocacy, organization, navigating and accessing campus resources, social skills, mobility, and health and safety.

Tailored Day Service (TDS): TDS provides one on one individualized services and supports designed to support people to reach their educational and employment related goals. Some of the services provided through TDS include: job seeking support, pre-vocational skill building, job coaching, educational coaching, exploration of interests, social support, volunteerism, self-employment, and internships. TDS provides for a total of 26 hours/month of support.

Contracts: VTE currently uses three contract locations as paid training locations for our participants. Placement in a contract is meant to be a short term opportunity to build skills needed to transition to competitive, integrated employment.

Project SEARCH: A joint endeavor between VTE, San Juan School District, and Kaiser Permanente, the SEARCH program is designed to provide internship opportunities in a hospital setting. Participants in this program rotate through 3 separate unpaid internships in different hospital departments during their 9 months in the program. Focus is placed on developed both the soft skills necessary to maintain employment and marketable job skills which can be transferred into various work locations.

Mobility Training: A one on one, short term service designed to teach participants how to safety use public transit to access various locations in their community.

Supported Employment: VTE receives funding from Alta Regional Center and Department of Rehabilitation to provide job seeking support and job coaching. Supported Employment is a one on one service with limited support designed to enable participants to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment.

Employment Training Program (ETP): Participants in Employment Training Program progress through three distinct phases: Assessment, Skill Building, and Internship/Volunteer to build and practice soft skills and technical skills necessary in their desired career field.

  VTE Consumers

Services VTE Provides:

  • Job Training

  • Job Supervision

  • Follow up Services

  • Job Assessment

  • Support Services

  • Retraining

  • Advocacy

  • Community College Support

  • Job Development

  • Mobility Training

  • Tailored Day Service

VTE’s Consumer Employers:

  • Alta California Regional Center

  • Department of Child Support Services

  • Davis Waste Removal

  • Fresh Choice

  • La Bou

  • Chuck E Cheese

  • Sacramento Bee

  • Sodexo Services/UC Davis

  • Home Depot

  • Woodland Health Clinic

  • Starbucks

  • TSI

  • Aramark- American River College

  • Safeway