ASPIRE Vocational Program
ASPIRE VOCATIONAL Assessment Program (AVAP) Overview
ASPIRE is the welfare employment and training program created by the Governor and the Maine Legislature, to provide case management, education, training, support and employment services to help Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients in Maine find or create jobs in the local labor market
In October 2013, Maine Medical Center's Department of Vocational Services (DVS) began work on a contract with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office for Family Independence to conduct Vocational Assessments for ASPIRE participants. DVS Employment Specialists conduct the assessment, which gathers information directly for the participants to identify potential barriers as well as strengths towards becoming employed. The information is then translated into a report that identifies strategies for becoming employed. The report is submitted to the DHHS ASPIRE Specialist working with the participant; the ASPIRE Specialist reviews the report with the participant and provides them with a copy. The ASPIRE Specialist identifies recommended local services and resources to assist the ASPIRE Participant on their pathway to employment. All participants receiving an assessment are recommended to utilize job search and support services from the best available resources. To date, AVAP Employment Participants completing the assessment has been overwhelmingly positive, with 95% stating that the assessment was helpful.
For more information about ASPIRE please call (207) 662-2088.