Innovative Employment Options

Having a job helps create greater self-sufficiency, improved self-esteem, and increased earned income, all of which lead to increased independence, community inclusion, and acceptance.

CLASS’ Innovative Employment Options provide the guidance individuals need to successfully find and maintain employment. Individuals receive assistance to build their resumes and discover their skills, abilities, and interests. Individuals also receive assistance and education about preventing a loss of benefits due to employment.

CLASS believes that every person who desires to be employed should have the opportunity. CLASS’ Innovative Employment Options makes community employment the top priority and provides individualized services and supports to foster a strong and healthy relationship between the employer and employee.

Benefits to you include:

  • Successful employment in the community
  • Opportunity to earn competitive wages
  • Job matching to fit your interests and skills
  • On-going support from trained employment support staff

Individualized employment services include:

  • Comprehensive job development/placement services
  • Individualized work assessments/job tryouts
  • Profile for Individualized Employment (PIE)
  • Career planning
  • Mock interviews/interview preparation
  • Resume building
  • Job skills training
  • Exploration of volunteer/educational opportunities
  • Job coaching
  • Benefits counseling

For more information about Innovative Employment Options, contact Gretchen Andrews by email at, or by phone at 800.479.0259 (toll free) or 620.429.1212.


Will I lose my benefits if I get a job?

CLASS employs trained benefits counselors who can show you how working will affect your benefits. There may be a reduction in the amount of your SSI check, but you cannot lose your Medicaid benefits. When you consider the earned income from your paycheck, you will find that you benefit from employment.

What if I want a job in the community?

CLASS would be happy to assist you to find and maintain a paid community employment opportunity. CLASS uses an assessment tool called Profile for Individualized Employment, or PIE, to closely assess an individual’s skills, interests, and abilities in order to find the best employment opportunity for that individual.

What if I’m not yet ready for independent community employment?

CLASS’ Innovative Employment Options service provides several choices in order to meet the needs of each individual. CLASS’ Job Training Areas in our service centers provide job readiness and job skills training. CLASS Job Coaches can provide intensive, one-on-one supports to assist in job readiness training. CLASS also provides several enclave or work crew opportunities where several individuals along with a Job Coach work in a business location.

Can I tour the CLASS Job Training Areas and see what kind of work and/or training that CLASS provides?

Yes, we love to show new people the type of work opportunities that we offer. Call Gretchen Andrews at 620.429.1212 or 800.479.0259 (toll free) to schedule a tour of the service center nearest you.