—helping students and adults people prepare for competitive employment with area businesses

The Arc ECT offers a variety of supports and resources to help people on their journey to employment--from high school to landing the perfect dream job. Whether it’s basic computer knowledge and skills, the employment application process, resume writing, interviews, job training, or support on the job, The Arc ECT is here to help. We focus on the career dreams of the people we serve.

In the Northeast . . .

The Employment Services Department, based out of Woodstock, CT, provides a variety of employment services to 20 people; staff work to find and maintain employment that is best suited to each person’s skills, experience, and desires.

In the Southeast . . .  
Located in Groton, CT, The Employment Transition Center provides employment and day supports to 88 people. ETC begins transitioning students at the age of 16 and provides supports until the age of retirement.


The Arc ECT supports people in both Individual placements with area organizations and businesses and Group Supported Employment at various work sites in the community.  

Customized Programming, Training and Supports

The Arc ECT also provides situational and vocational assessments coordination between supervisors and the employee.  Our trained Job Coaches and Job Development team helps employees advocate for and receive fair wages and treatment.

Additional support services include a variety of groups and workshops available to participants that focus on the job search and interview skills, peer and supervisor interaction, building a positive self-image, civic responsibility, and good decision-making skills.

Life Skills
are addressed in all our employment programming, and include money management, cooking, good personal hygiene, stress management, reading and writing skills, time management, and social/leisure skills.

Employment Transition Services

The School to Work Transition Program provides students from age 16-21 a smooth transition to successful employment and independence when they age out of the school system at age 21. The program is specifically designed to develop job readiness skills, help explore different careers, and provide job placement and life skills training.

Transitional Employment Services (TES) provides hands-on vocational training and experience with local community partners, including the YMCA and Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, to people ages 21 and up, over a 3-year period. 
Both programs include internships, career exploration, job-seeking skills and strategies, computer skills, financial management, civic participation, social skills, and health and fitness activities.

"The Arc has been an all-around great program for Billy. He gets to build on his social skills out in the community by working at various businesses—and he gets paid for it! He also has a great time interacting with his peers and taking part in fun activities like bowling, museum visits and shopping trips.  

Thank You, Arc!”

- Crystal W., Billy’s mother

Find Out More!

In Woodstock: Call Jennifer Ricci, Director of TES and Employment Services, at (860) 928-4727.
In Groton: Call Bonnie Jones, Director of Business Development and Transition at (860) 449-1529 x 301.

Download our employment brochure here

Our Employment Partners

The Arc Eastern Connecticut is proud to partner with employers committed to Real Work for Real Pay at minimum wage or higher.

Current Employment and Placement Sites

B.J.’s Wholesale Club

Burnett’s Landscaping

CW Resources—The US Naval Submarine base

The 100th Aviation and Repair Depot (AVCRAD)

Camp Harkness

DXC Technology

Fleet Reserve Association

Groton Marriott

Heritage Pines Condos

Holiday Inn of Norwich

Horses Healing Humans/Stonington Bed & Breakfast

Local Creations at Groton Senior Center
Lowe’s Distribution Center Plainfield

Mike Smith Transmissions

Mohegan Sun

New London Library

Rawson Materials

The Resident newspaper


Seely-Brown Village

ShopRite New London

Stop & Shop – Groton

Stop & Shop - Waterford

Walmart Brooklyn

Walmart Putnam

Waterford Community Center


Training Assessment Sites

Community Café

Coogan Farm

Day Kimball Hospital

Groton Senior Center

Hay Burr Inn Horse Rescue

United Community & Family Services, Norwich

Linda's House Pediatric Daycare and Preschool

Paws Cat Shelter

Valley View Riding Stables

Vineyard Valley Golf Club

Waterford Community Center

YMCA Putnam

Student-Specific Training Sites


Groton Municipal Federal Credit Union


Coogan Farm

Arc NLC Farm Stand

Arc NLC Culinary Department/Bakery

Groton Senior Center

Day Service Volunteer Sites


Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) 
St Vincent DePaul Place – Norwich Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry
Panera Bread

The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc New London County merged in July 2019 to form The Arc Eastern Connecticut.  Both agencies were established in 1952 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities in order to ensure equal participation and choice in school, in the workplace, and in their communities. Combining program and staff strengths, The Arc Eastern Connecticut now serves the entire eastern CT region and is the largest chapter of The Arc in the state.


The Arc Eastern Connecticut

125 Sachem Street

Norwich, Connecticut 06360

T: 860.889.4435

F: 860.889.4662

E: info@thearcect.org


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