Common Questions - Prevocational Services

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Job Training for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Langlade and Marathon Counties

Prevocational services at North Central Health Care have helped countless adults with developmental disabilities obtain more independence by learning skills that help them find gainful employment. Learn more about the program from these answers to frequently asked questions.

How are individuals paid in Prevocational Services?

Individual pay rates are based upon periodic productivity timings calculated on the work completed. Prevocational Services at Northern Valley West has a certificate from the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the U.S Department of Labor which authorizes the employment of workers with disabilities at special minimum wage rates that are less than the Federal minimum wage.

How much supervision is there?

Guidelines require our staffing patterns be 15:1.

Can individuals take days off for vacation, medical/dental appointments, etc. and not worry about losing their job?


Are individuals required to work weekends?

No weekend work is required.

How many days can you work in a week?

Individuals can work up to 5 days/week.

How many hours do individuals work in a day?

Individuals work from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and receive a 15 minute paid break and a half hour for lunch (not paid). Total work day is 4.5 hours.

What do you need to do to receive Prevocational Services at Northern Valley West in Wausau?

Please call one of Northern Valley West’s Program Representatives at 715.848.0916 for a tour to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. Program details will be discussed at this time. Business hours are Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Assessment process is through the:

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
2600 Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
715.261.6070 – Ask for an Information Specialist

When are individuals paid?

Individuals are paid on the third Wednesday of each month for the jobs they perform.