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Employment Academy


Designed for students aged 15 – 22 years old, the Employment Academy consists of full day, community-based instructional services. The services focus on vocational, social, communication, and other critical daily living skills in the context of an internship opportunity with one of our community partners.


Each internship opportunity allows students to learn a variety of skills, some being specific to the vocational setting, while others are applicable to a number of community and social situations. Each three-month experience is crafted to first assess and then teach vital vocational and other life skills to students.


Schedule and Location

The Employment Academy operates year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:15am until 2:15pm. This program is located at The Faison Center’s main campus, 5311 Markel Road, Richmond, VA



Students are admitted to the Employment Academy through an internal process after being accepted into another Faison School program. Any current student of appropriate age may apply internally to the Employment Academy with the support of their current Teacher and Program Supervisor and IEP Team. If accepted, they will join the Employment Academy for the duration of their internship, returning to their original program upon completion.

Community Partners

We are always looking for partners in the community. If you are interested please fill out the Community Partner Application.