Our programs make a difference

Programs

Métier’s programs enable access to a variety of services for individuals who are blind, visually impaired or DeafBlind to include; independent living training, orientation and mobility training, assistive technology training, and support services provision to aid in reaching independent employment goals.

Skills Obtained

Foundational skills are the core building blocks to all of Métier’s employment focused courses: 

  • Time management 
  • Organization  
  • Teamwork 
  • Problem-solving  
  • Self-advocacy     

The Métier Program Suite

Keyboarding & Comp I

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Keyboarding & Comp II

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AccelerATe

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Accelerate II

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Signature

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Keyboarding and Computers I

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Description of the Course

Keyboarding and Computers I (KCI) is an introductory level course. KCI provides students with sound fundamentals in keyboarding, computer terminology and an understanding of Assistive Technology (AT) capabilities, including; how to adjust basic AT settings and how to describe their AT and AT needs to a non-technical person.  Each class incorporates instruction, hands-on exercises and lab time for supported study and independent practice. This course prepares students for Keyboarding and Computers II. 

General Schedule

  • 72 hours of hands-on learning in a group classes 
  • Meeting at Training Center twice a week for 6 weeks 
  • Keyboarding and computing sessions run every 6 weeks    

Requirement

A sincere desire to return to work and be an engaged community member.        

Keyboarding and Computers II

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Description of the Course

Keyboarding and Computers II (KCII) builds upon the fundamentals learned in Keyboarding and Computers I, preparing students for both Signature and AccelerATe[1] courses by reinforcing confidence and accuracy through various exercises, projects and speed tests.   Students apply skills learned from the KCI class while working on speed, accuracy, and efficiency while also learning text navigation, text selection, Cut, Copy, Paste, basic formatting in Word, basic Outlook functions and basic internet navigation.  Each class incorporates instruction, hands-on exercises, and lab time for supported study and independent practice. 

General Schedule

  • 72 hours of hands-on learning in a group classes 
  • Meeting at Training Center twice a week for 6 weeks 
  • Keyboarding and computing sessions run every 6 weeks       

Requirement

A sincere desire to return to work and be an engaged community member.  Successful completion of KCI or Qualifying Skills Assessment     

AccelerATe

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Description of the Course

AccelerATe provides intensive instruction to students in specific topics in the following Microsoft Office products (MS Word, MS Outlook and MS Excel), topics in the use and troubleshooting of their AT and computer system, Internet browsing and Windows concepts.  Instructors employ a variety of teaching techniques assisting students in retaining the maximum amount of information from the course including self-study, individual projects and instructor led lectures.   Exercises and projects are designed to simulate the pace and format of the modern office with an emphasis on speed of execution and accuracy.  Each assigned project builds on the previous project to reinforce concepts.  In the final week of the program, students are expected to produce a final project that requires them to apply their cumulative knowledge. 

General Schedule

  • 80 hours of instruction Meeting at Training Center 4 days a week for 4 weeks
  • Delivered every other month  

Requirement

 A sincere desire to return to work and be an engaged community member.  AcclerATe requires successful completion of Keyboarding and Computing II or Qualifying Skills Assessment.

Signature

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Description of the Course

Signature is an innovative career readiness experience that gives clients the tools needed to find competitive employment. Signature focuses on employment and personal and professional skills development through the attainment of the following skills: organizational skills, computer skills, writing skills, employment search methods, networking and interviewing skills, money management, and self-advocacy.   


Signature  is taught in a group setting with a daily schedule incorporating group and individual instruction, career exploration, workshop instruction, team building and dedicated time to reinforce basic computing skills needed for 21st century employment. Upon completion students will be proficient in the following: search for and research employment opportunities, have the computer skills needed to write and submit job applications and a resume, organize personal information, articulate and advocate for workplace accommodations, understand what is needed for networking and interviewing strategies.     

General Schedule

  • 120 hours hands-on learning in a group format 
  • Meeting at Training Center 5 days a week for 4 weeks 
  • Signature sessions run monthly and last 4 weeks    

Requirement

A sincere desire to return to work and be an engaged community member. Signature Requires successful completion of Keyboarding and Computers II or qualifying AT Skills Assessment.

FORTE

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Description of the Course

FORTE is a 4-week, employment focused , experience with an innovative combination of group training and 1:1 instruction. FORTE provides participants the opportunity to learn the foundational Blindness Skills necessary for independence and future employment. Introducing participants to skills training in a group setting fosters friendships, builds personal and professional networks and offers an environment that facilitates the development of an organic support system with fellow peers.  Classes are modest in size allowing for the establishment of individual goals with each participant early in the program. This combination of group and 1:1 training enhances the learning experience with a team based teaching approach while allowing instruction and support on an individualized basis, insuring advancement toward meeting distinct goals. 


This employment focused foundations course distinguishes itself from others by emphasizing time management, organization skills, teamwork, problem-solving skills, self-advocacy and community support to build foundations related to employment and the workplace. Also included is Orientation & Mobility skills training and independent travel training using public transportation. 


FORTE is a life-changing program that serves as a springboard for participants to move on to advanced training and skills development for employment.       

General Schedule

  • 36 hours of instruction and hands-on learning in a group formatted Rehabilitation Teaching class (Seven 4-hour sessions and One 8-hour session) 
  • 20 hours of 1:1, personalized Orientation & Mobility and RT skills reinforcement/support training. 
  • Group formatted sessions meeting at the Training Center twice a week for 4 weeks 
  • FORTE sessions run monthly and last 4 weeks    

Requirement

A sincere desire to return to work and be an engaged community member.