Vocational Opportunities of Cherokee, INC. 

Community Inclusion Program:

An individualized program designed to develop self-sufficiency in life activities that include socialization, basic life skills, recreation, community inclusion, and some restricted competitive work. This program is for people who are 22 years old (or younger if deemed eligible) who need long-term support.   Referrals for services are through Vaya Health, MCO.  Self referrals are accepted.  This is a Monday-Friday program from 8:30 am- 1:30 pm. Days and times can vary based on individual needs. 

Vocational Evaluation Services:

An individualized assessment program used to identify the vocational interests, strengths, abilities, and limitation to help determine vocational goals and objectives.

Work Adjustment Services:

A training program used to establish skills, attitudes, work behaviors, etc., to achieve positive employment outcomes. This program works with developmental disabilities, substance abuse, mental disabilities and partners with Cherokee Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (CTVRP). 

Partners with Cherokee Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (CTVRS):

Provides vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside in the service area. These services are consistent with individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, to prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment and business ownership. 

Cherokee Works Program:

Focuses on the core business of staffing that requires relentless energy and commitment. This program offers a commitment to its clients to provide flexible services to meet their need to stimulate growth and profitability.

Seasonal Services:

Provided in the summer months to business and individuals on the Qualla Boundary and surrounding counties. These services include, but are not limited to: lawn maintenance, landscaping, pressure washing, construction, general maintenance, leaf removal, brush removal, gutter cleaning, and Christmas lights installation. The provision of these services allows individuals with significant barriers to be hired for seasonal employment.

VOC programs and services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). VOC is also a member of Marketing Association for Rehabilitation Centers (MARC).