Services

Connecting People

To Opportunity

WestBridge Vocational (formerly Webster Enterprises) provides contract services for the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Our staff of experienced education and training professionals work with more than 100 adult clients each year to improve their job skills and employment marketability. Our training, job placement and follow-up programs are recognized as some of the most effective in the region.  All services are provided at no cost to the individual. 

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Who we serve 

Our Clients

If you have a disability or disadvantage that prevents you from seeking employment, WestBridge can help break down barriers and create opportunities.   You must be a resident of  Jackson, Macon or Swain County in North Carolina or the Qualla Boundary. 

Please contact the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Sylva office at 828-586-4032 for a referral.

 

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Vocational

Training & Programs

 

Our training programs start with careful and thorough evaluation of each client’s aspirations, abilities and opportunities for improvement. Clients are given paid work in our medical products division where we observe their abilities, work habits and their interactions with other clients, employees and supervisors. In cooperation with each client and their guardian, we develop a plan to improve job skills, job search and interview techniques. In addition, Southwestern Community College offers on-site job preparation and life skills classes to our clients.

We help each client look for competitive employment in his or her community. Our job coaches help complete job applications and resumes and help set up job interviews. Once a client finds work, we continue our support through on-the-job coaching and long-term follow up. We enjoy close relationships with several employers in western North Carolina.

Training

Soft-Skills Training

Our employment specialists work with clients on resume preparation, job interview skills, job searches, and organizational behavior skills.  

Training

Employment Training

Once employed, we provide continued coaching and on-the-job support needed to sustain good working relationships.

Training

Integrated Work Training

Our manufacturing setting supports our mission as workers with recognized disabilities and disadvantages work alongside experienced staff. 

Program

Pre-Employment Transition Services

PreETS is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program that provides vocational preparation assistance to students with disability. PreETS coaches help prepare participants for transitioning into employment or job training after high school.

Eligibility Criteria

• Students between the ages of 14 and 21
• Living in the NC counties of Jackson, Macon or Swain, or on the Qualla Boundary.

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Program

Work Adjustment Services (WA)

Work Adjustment Training
Includes activities to improve and increase productivity, attendance, punctuality, ability to work with others, work tolerance, and ability to work under supervision. This service is typically facility based but under certain circumstances and with the approval of the Division, may be community based.

Job development/ placement

Assistance with securing competitive integrated employment that is consistent with the goals of the consumer.

Job Coaching

One on one, short term job support with the consumer to ensure successful employment.

 

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Program

Supported Employment (SE)

Provides assistance to adult consumers with choosing, acquiring and maintaining a job. Initial Supported Employment, assists individuals with developing skills to seek, obtain and maintain competitive employment or develop and operate a microenterprise. 

Employment positions are found based on individual preferences, strengths and experiences.

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Program

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a unique transition program for young adults with disabilities. It provides individuals with the chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. Our ultimate goal is to see students succeed as independent adults in a competitive environment.

Program Benefits

• Job training internships within a real business
• Competitive, transferable, marketable job skills
• Increased independence, confidence, and self-esteem
• Improved communication and problemsolving skills
• Work-based coaching, instruction and feedback

Eligibility Criteria

• Desire to work in the community at conclusion of program
• Must be at least 18 years of age and completed final year of high school • Must commit to attendance expectations

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I feel more confident about myself socially and especially with my coworkers.

- Program Services Client