Employment Services
Employment Placement and Worksite Support


Thomas J. Sullivan
Transition Center

The Thomas J. Sullivan Employment Center team helps establish relationships with local business and to develop work assignments for our participants in integrated workplace settings. We offer a wide selection of employment programs to meet people’s varied needs.

Individual Placement: It remains our top priority to place people in community jobs that are of interest to them. Each individual is competitively employed, with drop-in supports by employment specialists who go directly to work sites. People taking advantage of individual supported employment do not come to The Arc’s program sites; rather, their employment takes place directly in organizations and businesses within the community. The Arc NLC is consistently building partnerships with area businesses to educate employers about the benefits of hiring our participants, and matching individual talents and skills with available positions in the community.  Our goal is to help individuals find jobs of their choice and perform at a competitive level. The Arc’s training programs help people develop a wealth of skills from resume building to interviewing to on-the-job interpersonal skills. We strive to make every job experience match the needs of each individual, and average between 90-100% employment rates.  The Arc NLC provides additional support services that include coordination between supervisors and the employee, and we help employees advocate for and receive fair wages and treatment. 

Group Supported Employment:  Groups of three to four people work together with a job coach at various work sites in the community.  A job coach is with the individuals at all times to provide supervision and work supports.  Individuals are transported by The Arc NLC to the Thomas J. Sullivan Employment Center (Groton site) in the morning, and after work or additional programming, are transported back to their homes.  

Current Employment Sites
B.J.’s Wholesale Club
CW Resources
Computer Science Corporation
Fleet Reserve Association
Gemma E. Moran United Way Food Center
Groton Municipal Credit Union
Groton Senior Center
Holiday Inn of Norwich
Mohegan Sun
The US Naval Submarine Base
The 100th Aviation and Repair Depot (AVCRAD)
Norwich Fish & Game Club
Scient Federal Credit Union
ShopRite New London
Stop & Shop – Groton
Stop & Shop - Waterford
St. Vincent de Paul

Training Assessment Sites
Groton Senior Center
United Community & Family Services, Norwich
Waterford Community Center

Student-Specific Training Sites
Advantage Gym
Groton Municipal Federal Credit Union

Day Service Volunteer Sites
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) m- Norwich
St Vincent DePaul Place – Norwich Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry
Panera Bread


Employment opportunities in both Group-Supported and Individual Supported Employment, combined with cutting-edge projects and micro-enterprises, generate employment opportunities in the
following fields:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Horticulture/Aquaculture
  • Retail
  • Maintenance
  • Landscaping
School to Work Transition Program
The goal of this program is to provide students a smooth transition to successful employment and independence when they age out of the school system at age 21.  Students from age 16 to 21 attending area public schools participate in our School to Work Transition program, which is specifically designed to develop job readiness skills, help explore different careers, and provide job placement and life skills training.  Currently six area school systems contract with The Arc NLC to provide a transition from school to the world of work. This is accomplished by providing individualized person-centered training and one-on-one job exploration.