The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) is comprised of three primary areas: Vocational Rehabilitation (including Independent Living Administration), Adult Education, and Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. With our unique focus on the education and employment needs of New York State’s adult citizens, these areas share several vital interests and goals that can be best served through collaboration, including:
- Ensuring that the needs of adults and out-of-school youth are met through efficient and effective access to relevant services, programs and opportunities offered by the Department;
- Encouraging full participation of adults with disabilities in all of the Department’s programs and opportunities and to promote access to ensure that individuals with disabilities are empowered to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into the community;
- Enhancing postsecondary transitions by developing the capacity of individuals to engage in postsecondary education leading to high-quality employment opportunities;
- Promoting workforce investment through unified collaboration with the Department of Labor and State and local workforce investment boards to assure that individuals have access to a “one-stop” source for a full range of services leading to high-quality employment opportunities;
- Supporting individuals experiencing poverty and relying on public services to develop their capacity to earn income and develop assets toward greater economic independence; and
- Utilizing a more comprehensive and effective representation for adults in coordinating services and program initiatives with agencies such as the Departments of Labor and Health, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Office of Children and Family Services, SUNY and CUNY.