Each of us is happiest when doing things we like to do. Hobbies, interests, and employment are critical parts of an everyday life.
Job training and employment is available for people with disabilities at the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training (CIT) in Mechanicsburg.
About 200 individuals (trainees) who face challenges because of injury, illness, economic status or disability receive employment support at CIT. Volunteering and employment options encourage individuals to consider what their future could look like.
Industrial Setting Employment
Fork lifts, pallets, and team members at CIT hustle bustle every day. The energy is electric.
Contracts with corporate partners provide steady income to trainees who participate in jobs at our warehouse. CIT partners with companies to complete jobs such as collating; poly bagging; shrink-wrapping; display and promotion packaging; hand assembly; labeling.
“Your focus on quality and service along with the timeliness of production allows DHC to focus on providing better service to our customers.” – Frank DeLizio, Warehouse Manager for DHC
Food Service Employment
We operate a model industrial kitchen at the center. Participants make daily lunches for staff and fellow trainees. They also fulfill contracts held by Sassy Gourmet, which include boxed lunches to area military recruits and Homeland Security.
Sassy Gourmet is the catering component of a food service training program. Individuals learn food prep, baking, catering, cafeteria service, cashiering, and more. CIT also partners with area businesses and organizations to provide private and corporate catering. Partner with us for your next function!
Staff-supervised work experiences are also available outside of CIT. Trainees gain real world experiences at community businesses, such as Wal-Mart and at Messiah and Dickinson Colleges. These on-site employment options offer trainees a transitional stage between facility-based and community employment. As skills are mastered, trainees can work with CIT staff to locate a suitable, competitive job in the community.
Competitive Community Employment
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.