Vocational Services

DAC’s Vocational Services Program has successfully placed many individuals at various work sites in the surrounding communities. The programs are designed to offer supported employment opportunities to individuals who have both the desire to work in an integrated work setting and employment abilities for this setting.  The two main goals of these services are to give the individuals the opportunity to earn competitive wages and allow these wages to be earned in an integrated work setting. Job coaching may be part of this service.

Vocational Services at DAC, Inc consist of the following Organizational Employment Services (OES) and Community Employment Services (CES) (All OES and CES services are accredited by CARF):

Facility-Based Services

These services are designed for individuals who require supervision and structure to increase their production rate, work habits, and work skills. The extent of supervision is determined by the needs of the individual. Our Dewitt and Maquoketa locations completes assembly and packaging of manufacturing products.  DAC receives contract work from local business such as Car Freshener and Husco.

Enclaves

Enclave employment is designed for individuals who have the necessary skills to perform a variety of work tasks with less supervision than is offered in facility-based services. DAC offers a variety of options for employers in the community to enhance their work force with local businesses such as Jackson Manufacturing, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, Barnes Foods and Perxactly’s Bar and Grill.

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This program is designed to offer supported employment opportunities to individuals who have both the desire to work in an integrated work setting and employment abilities for this setting.  The two main goals of these services are to give the individuals the opportunity to earn competitive wages and allow these wages to be earned in an integrated work setting. Job coaching may be part of this service. DAC has placed individuals at many work sites in the surrounding communities, including Hurstville Interpretive Center, Irwin Inc, Daryl’s Mobile Service, Flap Jacks Restaurant, Pizza Ranch, Scott Drug and Osterhaus Pharmacy.

Job Development

This service is designed for individuals with good work skill capabilities but who do require a minimal amount of assistance in job seeking skills, work ethics, and support.  This service helps individuals seek community employment and earn competitive wages in a job that matches their skills and interests.  The main goals of this program are the same as Supported Employment. Job coaching may also be part of this service.

Job Skills Training

Individuals receive training in such areas as completing applications, writing resumes, completing job searches, etc.

Day Habilitation Program

This is a service provided to individuals who would like to work on life-skill goals such as cooking, cleaning, socialization, community safety, etc. through a CARF-certified program called Community Integration. This service may also be used for individuals who don’t have the stamina to work a full day. Day Hab services then allow those individuals to continue to have a full-day structure, while working on both life skills and employment goals.

Summer Youth & School Programs

This is a service offered to area schools for individuals with disabilities from 16 to 21 to offer employment opportunities during the school year, as well as for two six-week sessions in the summer. They must be enrolled in a local school district.


DAC Vocational Recycling CenterDAC’s organizational employment program also includes a contract to accept all Jackson County recyclables. Recyclables are dropped off at our Recycling Center by community members and businesses.

The employment program employs approximately 25 staff and 100 individuals with disabilities. The goal of the program is to provide paid employment training opportunities to students and adults with disabilities.

For referral information in Maquoketa, please contact the Employment Services Coordinator, Stephanie Johnson, at 563-652-5252 or email at stephjohnson@dacincorp.com.

For referral information in Dewitt, please contact the Employment Services Coordinator, Robin Nims, at 563-652-5252 or email at rnims@dacincorp.com.