• Employment

    *disclaimer: the following resources and agencies are provided based on information we have gathered from families in our county who have utilized or accessed services through them; they are not a recommendation endorsed by Allegan Area ESA or the local school districts we serve.

    MRS is an agency that helps eligible customers and employers achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. MRS works in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain competitive employment. 
    Carrie Rhine-Kilel, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (800) 481-7837
    For more information, please select the link below:


    School Transition Employment Program (STEP)
    STEP offers students the opportunity to gain necessary work-skills while earning a paycheck! Students must be MRS clients to participate.


    Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)
    (269) 356-0186
    Jereme Vanden Heuvel, Rehabilitation Counselor

    BSBP offers extracurricular and volunteer activities, job shadowing, mentoring, and work experience for students with visual impairments.
    Youth Employment Information
    Everything you need to know about labor laws and resources that impact youth!
  • Education
    This program offers training while you earn cash.  The program consists of a four-year course of practical on-the-job training, supplemented by periodic attendance at a Michigan Carpenters Training Facility located in Wayland, Micihgan. 
    Michigan Career & Technical Institute (MCTI) is an educational center for adults with disabilities in Michigan.  MCTI offers career assessment services that help students explore job options.  MCTI has 13 training programs and offers job placement services after completion. An open care with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) is an attendance requirement.