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The Richmond Career Education and Employment Academy is determined to prepare each student for their eventual place in the workforce. We teach our students to value work and and the pride that comes with "a job well done." Our unique curriculum addresses life domains that are essential to successful employment such as mathematics, language arts, self-determination, and vocational. 

                                                        INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH

RCEEA takes an individualized approach to exposing students to the world of employment. Those who typically require the most support access RCEEA's Vocation Lab where the focus is on increasing work stamina, improving interpersonal skills, self-determination, and following directions.  Some students participate in weekly community-based vocational experiences at various businesses/organization in the metro-Richmond area. Others may participate in a combination of instruction in the Vocation Lab and community-based vocational experiences.

                                                          COMMUNITY PARTNERS

RCEEA values the many partners that provide our students opportunities to engage in vocational education in the community. Without these partners, our students would not receive the real-world practice they need to improve their abilities and increase their capacity. Below are a few of our past/present partners.

  • Bron the Flower Guy
  • YMCA
  • Feed More
  • Tablespoon Bakery
  • Natalie's Taste of Lebanon
  • AMC Dine-In Midlothian 10
  • TJ Maxx

Please consider partnering with us. You can email for more information.

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                  STUDENT SUCCESS

The 2020 Annual Report on People with Disabilities in America, produced by the Rehabilitation Research and training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographic (StatsRRTC), finds that the employment-to-population ratio of people without disabilities is more than double of the same ratio of people with disabilities (78.6%>38.9%). The National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors published a 10 paper that noted less than 15% of adults with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities were employed (NACBHDD, 2018). 

Pre-COVID, more than 60% of RCEEA graduates were competitively employed. Similar to the national employment rate, employment participation for RCEEA graduates took a dip but has risen since 2022.