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Center for Industrial Training

The S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training (CIT) in Mechanicsburg provides lucrative job training and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities and those with other vocational needs.

About 200 individuals (trainees) facing challenges because of injury, illness, economic status or disability receive employment support at CIT. Staff help prepare trainees for employment in the community.

Intake/Referral & Evaluation

Referrals come from various sources and are screened by the Intake Supervisor. A tour of CIT is scheduled and background data collected. Staff use different evaluations – standardized tests and 20-30 day situational assessments – to determine the appropriate work setting.

Facility Based Employment

Individuals who need extended training participate in facility-based employment. CIT partners with companies in the community to complete jobs (such as collating; poly bagging; shrink-wrapping; display and promotion packaging; hand assembly and labeling).

“Their focus on quality and service along with the timeliness of production allows DHC to focus on providing better service to our customers. It is a pleasure to be involved and partner with an association that provides such a valuable service to our community.” – Frank DeLizio, Warehouse Manager for DHC

The Sassy Gourmet

CIT operates a model industrial kitchen. Trainees make daily lunches for staff and fellow trainees. They also fulfill contracts held by The Sassy Gourmet, CIT’s catering service, which include boxed lunches to area military recruits and Homeland Security. CIT also completes private and corporate catering requests. Partner with us for your next function!

Transitional Employment

On-site programs offer trainees a transitional stage between facility-based and community employment. Trainees have real world experiences at community businesses, such as Wal-Mart and at Messiah and Dickinson Colleges. As skills are mastered, the trainee can receive help to locate a suitable, competitive job in the community.


For individuals ready for competitive employment, CIT offers placement services and long-term support. Staff help the trainee apply, interview, secure and maintain employment in the community. Long term follow-up ensures satisfaction of the employer and the employee.