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We Believe

  • Everyone can work.
  • Everyone has the right to earn a living wage in a job of their choosing, based on their unique talents, gifts, skills, and interests.
  • Employment is a way for people to achieve their personal dreams of success, respect, control, and choice.
  • Having a job can be an important part of one’s self-identity and value in society today.
  • Everyone should be paid at least minimum wage.


The Massachusetts Partnership for Transition on to Employment (MPTE) is a five-year project to improve labor market participation on for youth and young adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

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Current Trainings


Foundations of Community Employment (online only)

This course begins with an overview of community employment, including current social, political, and economic changes that are leading to expansion of opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

  • when: March 1, 2018–December 31, 2018
  • Cost: Free


Strategies for Discovery and Career Planning (1 day)

This workshop focuses on strategies to assess a job seeker’s employment goals, abilities, interests, and capacities.

  • when: November 6
  • Cost: $20


Job Development and Business Engagement (2 days)

Developing job opportunities and finding the right job match in an ever-changing economic environment places increasing demands on employment professionals.

  • when: September 11 & 12, or December 4 & 5
  • Cost: $40

In-Person & Online

Job Coaching and Support Strategies (2 days or online)

This workshop focuses on job training and support strategies.

  • when: October 16 & 17
  • Cost: $40


Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives (online only)

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training provides an overview of how earnings impact Social Security benefits.

  • when: November 1–30
  • Cost: $20