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Welcome to the Work Readiness Academy!
Since joining the administration at UCESC in 2013, I have made it my personal mission to expand and improve our transition services including the development of a comprehensive employment preparation program for students with disabilities between the ages of 17 and 21 here in Union County. That mission has now been realized in the form of the Work Readiness Academy and Project SEARCH programs.
Leading the Transition Services team over the last year and a half has been an absolute pleasure. It is such a privilege to be a part of a team of faculty and staff that are so dedicated to our students and positive outcomes. We keep the best interests of the students at the forefront of all our decisions.
The mission of the Work Readiness Academy is to maximize the potential and independence of each student to ensure a fulfilling life after high school.  We use a person-centered approach to help prepare students with varying disabilities for an integrated and meaningful adult life.  We primarily focus on helping students develop employment readiness and when applicable plan for continued post-secondary education or training.

Student in our programs will:

  • Be able to self-identify their own strengths, interests, preferences, and need
  • Dream big and create individual post-secondary transition goals
  • Demonstrate high levels of personal choice and self-determination
  • Develop critical skills that will enable them to work effectively and be independent adults
  • Understand, apply for, and receive post-high school adult services
  • Attain sustainable, competitive employment in the community; and/or enroll in continued education or training programs after high school

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time via email or phone to discuss our program options.
Josh Bornstein Director of Special Projects, UCESC M.Ed. Special Education [email protected] (908) 233-9317 Ext. 1026