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—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 . . .

Employment Services, 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:

Contact Jennifer Ricci

Director of Employment Services Northeast

T: 860.928.4727


In Groton:

Contact Bonnie Jones

Director of Employment Services Southeast

T: 860.449.1529 x301


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

  • Rite-Aid

  • Seely-Brown Village

  • ShopRite New London

  • Stop & Shop – Groton

  • Stop & Shop - Waterford

  • Walmart Brooklyn

  • Walmart Putnam

  • Waterford Community Center

  • Whitcraft

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

  • Goodwill

  • Coogan Farm

  • The Arc ECT Culinary Department/Baker

Day Service Volunteer Sites

  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) 

  • St Vincent DePaul Place – Norwich Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry

  • Panera Bread

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