Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)

Job seekers looking for employment through our network of community partners.

STARS strives to be the premier employment service in the Valley for people with disabilities through an individual first approach with high quality, personalized services to empower and equip each individual for independence and success in the workplace. This is achieved through having strong connections and working collaborations to many local employers.

Through careful and caring supervision in a protected work environment, our trained staff helps develop and teach meaningful employment-related activities. We work with individuals to develop real-life, vocational skills such as hygiene, punctuality, supervisory & peer relationships, job interviewing and work etiquette. This initiative is designed to build confidence and help participants obtain and retain an independent position.

Program Highlights
Individuals feel the dignity that arises from gainful employment along with fair wages with benefits. Families see their loved ones in a fully competent role in the workplace. This program is designed to help support individuals of the legal working age living with disabilities in:
* Job Exploration & Searching
* Resume Writing
* Interviewing Skills
* 1 on 1 On-site Training Support

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Success Story

Josh is a young man that came to STARS with no job experience. He was paired with a STARS Job Placement Coach, Lisa, who helped him to gain confidence and an understanding of his interests, skills and what type of job he may find success in. With her support, he applied and was hired at a Chick-fil-A working in the kitchen.

Josh was nervous his first day, but STARS on-site Job Placement Coach, Bridget, helped him to stay focused and calm while learning his job duties of packaging cookies, washing dishes, and sweeping the kitchen area. Josh’s bravery in learning new skills and working towards independence has helped him to become a valuable part of the Chick-fil-A team.

STARS Community Partners

Feel the joy of creating opportunities for others to be great.

Community Partners who utilize this initiative will help decrease turnover and gain highly trained and committed employees.  Our Partners provide job placement opportunities within their organizations who are looking for employees that:
* Excel at performing repetitive tasks that can contribute to excessive turnover
* Take their job seriously, are loyal, and committed to the employer
* Do not use their smartphone during work hours

By The Numbers
Top Reasons Organizations Hire People With Disabilities
 70% say it supports their organization’s culture
 64% say it supports their diversity and inclusion strategy
 57% say they have found good talent matches for open positions
 14% say they receive Federal or State incentives or meets their contracting requirements
– Institute for Corporate Productivity

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Success Story

U-Haul has become an integral STARS Community Partner. Their two towered headquarters in Phoenix fondly known as the Central Towers along with their other corporate buildings have provided a wonderful and supportive environment for our job seekers to work. “Jackson’s work ethic and dedication has been extraordinary… It is a joy to work with him and I look forward to seeing him each day. He has become part of the U-Haul family.”
– Marcia Chiariello
Building Management, Manager Operations at U-Haul International, Inc.

When you hand good people possibility, they do great things.

Services are offered to those with a developmental or physical disability who are Vocational Rehabilitation or DDD eligible or families interested in a private pay option.  To learn more on how to gain employment through CIE or to become a STARS Community Partner contact Tom Kowalczyk, Employment Services Manager: tkowalczyk@starsaz.org


Meet the team who go above and beyond to ensure our participants are working in jobs that they love.