Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Next Steps at Vanderbilt University

Next Steps at Vanderbilt University is a 2-year nonresidential certification program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training.

Career Development

Career exploration and vocational training are driven by each student’s interests and plans for the future. Students have the opportunity to learn about career fields with guided activities using computers and the internet, and job shadowing experiences on campus. All students have multiple internships designed to help them refine their career goals and to gain employment skills.

A collaborative partnership with the Nashville Tennessee Technology Center allows students interested in the TTC’s programs to access training on their campus. Upon completion of their program with TTC, students earn a Certificate of Completion that notes the industry level skills they have mastered.

Securing a meaningful, paid job is one of Next Steps at Vanderbilt’s main objectives. It is our goal to have students hired in paid jobs during the program.

Students receive support with a job search, the development of resumés, applications, and interviewing skills.

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