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Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

The workforce has changed...

In our highly technical world, knowledge and skills are critical to employers. How can Career Pathways help you prepare for today’s workforce?

Career Pathways connects Virginians with disabilities to the education, training and industry-recognized credentials needed to qualify for high-demand jobs.

  • Career exploration
  • Employable skills
  • In-demand jobs
  • Marketable credentials
  • Skilled training
  • Support services
  • Technical training
  • Workforce-ready

Check out our upcoming CPID Academies!

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Career Seekers

Explore your career pathway

Your counselor will work with you to assist in:

  • Counseling and career planning
  • Developing an individual employment plan
  • Assessing job readiness skills
  • Developing resume
  • Identifying credentials or certifications needed
  • Prepping for GED, adult education
  • Finding internships/work experiences
  • Preparing for job search
  • Identifying supports or assistive technology needed

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How do I develop a Career Plan?

  • Self-Exploration. Analyze your talents and interests, make a list
  • Career Exploration. Analyze jobs available, what they pay and the skills and education needed
  • Identify jobs where your talent and interests meet in-demand occupations
  • Develop a tentative career plan with a pathway that includes education, training and credentials. Your DARS and DBVI counselors can help
  • Pursue your goals

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The following resources help lead you on your career pathway, including what jobs are in demand in Virginia, what training is required and where you can find the necessary training or education.

WWRC Manufacturing Technology Training
Career Index Plus
Virginia Community Colleges' Industry Credentials
Virginia CareerExplorer
Virginia Workforce Connection

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Not connected with DARS or DBVI?
Contact us to get connected today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities?

Virginia’s vocational rehabilitation agencies offer individuals with disabilities a new way to navigate their career. CPID encourages people to attain marketable career credentials, qualify for skilled jobs and earn a livable wage.


What jobs will be targeted?

CPID targets Virginia’s high-growth industry sectors, identifies advanced credentials and provides work-based training programs. Industries include advanced manufacturing, logistics and information technology.


What opportunities are there for young adults?

CPID academies are held each year. Offerings include robotics, cybersecurity, coding, welding and water purification.


Who makes a good candidate for training?

Participants should be working with or potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services through DARS or DBVI.


Why is it important to earn credentials?

Manufacturing credentials including Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing Specialist, OSHA 10 and Career Readiness Certification are desired and often required by many businesses so it will increase job opportunities.

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Each step on the career pathway prepares individuals for the next level of employment or education. By focusing on in-demand industry credentials and certification, Career Pathways aligns individuals with the needs of Virginia’s workforce – targeting jobs important to the local economy.

Of the 1.5 million job vacancies expected in the next decade in Virginia, more than half will require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Instead, businesses will seek job applicants who hold an associate’s degree and/or industry-recognized certifications.

Middle-skill jobs account for 49 percent of Virginia’s labor market, but only 40 percent of the state’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level, according to the National Skills Coalition.

Career Pathways can help fill this job gap by providing direction and structure in employable fields – while helping individuals attain a livable wage, career success and independence.

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Northern Virginia Workforce Partners

Find answers to frequently asked questions.

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Training & Activities

CPID 2020 Summer Academies

Due to COVID-19, all summer academies have been postponed. Please check back for future dates and times.

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors

Vocational Rehabilitation counselors are an important referral source for CPID services. They can help Identify potential candidates seeking employment – from transition age to adults.

Consult with consumer and counselor

  • Discuss involving information regarding local LMI, certifications available, training opportunities and academics needed.

Assist with career exploration

  • Work with area VR counselors to set up opportunities for students.
  • Consider tours of manufacturers, colleges and/or secondary schools

Academy Information

  • Supply list of academies/camps available in the area
  • Assist with application, paperwork and possible funding. 

Assist with Accommodations

  • Discuss assistive technology currently using and lending options available.
  • Funded by self-pay, school provided, CPID or VR in field.

Assist with career assessment/exploration

  • Discuss Career Pathways in advanced manufacturing, IT and healthcare.
  • Explore achievement/aptitude results and interest.
  • Either funded by CPID or VE in field.

Virginia CPID and a DEMAND SIDE APPROACH: Developing Career Pathways While Meeting Business Needs

This is the third of a four-part webinar series on Career Pathways. This pre-recorded Webinar will cover specific strategies from the Virginia Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities. Items addressed during the webinar include:

  • How the Virginia Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities approach has infused assistive technology to improve credential attainment and employment outcomes for participants.

  • How to identify assistive technology devices used in modern manufacturing, logistics, and information technology or IT, and understand how participants can use these devices in their own agencies.

  • Understanding how self-regulation and sensory assistive technology can help individuals learn and enhance their ability to focus.

  • Understanding how a CPID assistive technology partnership model has been developed for sustainability and how they can use a similar model in their agency.

This webinar is hosted by the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or CPID project in Virginia, including the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the George Washington University Center for Rehabilitation Counseling, Research, and Education.

This webinar is close captioned and a transcript is available. You can also obtain CRC credit by viewing the webinar and completing the evaluation.

You can view this webinar at

WIOA, Career Pathways, & Pre-Employment Transition Services Webinar

Register for this Webinar on WIOA, Career Pathways, & Pre-Employment Transition Services. Presentation materials are available for download once registered. CRC credits (1) will be awarded upon completion and submission of your evaluation. This Webinar is pre-recorded and available on demand which means participants can view this recording at any time.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Brenda Simmons,, or at 816.739.7648.

Co-Enrollment Webinar

View a webinar on how WIOA co-enrollment programs benefit consumers.

CPID and a Demand Side Approach Webinar

View a webinar focusing on activities that illustrate how CPID has successfully engaged business with our initiatives and outcomes resulting from those activities.

CPID VR Counselor Training

View a series of PowerPoint slides used during a 1-day VR Counselor training by CPID staff and George Washington University.

Client Referral Form

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You can find and download additional CPID forms and resources in the Document Repository

VR Workforce Studio

VR Workforce Studio logoListen to the latest podcast from VR Workforce Studio, featuring interviews with the CPID staff.

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Virginia’s Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) grant is a federally-funded grant project (CFDA #84.235N) through the Department of Education. The content of this website does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.)

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