Who We Are

Since 1963, Vocational Research Institute has been developing solutions that enhance career and educational planning, improve employability, and result in better opportunities and more positive outcomes for individuals served in a full spectrum of human development settings.

We offer a wide range of career assessment, development, and planning tools, as well as training products that are effective in schools, workforce development centers, correctional facilities, rehabilitation, allied health, and medical facilities, private industry, and agencies and organizations serving individuals living with physical, mental, social, or educational challenges. 

Our innovative vocational assessment and guidance systems have helped revolutionize special needs assessment practice both nationally and internationally. Throughout our history we have worked closely with the U.S. Department of Labor to develop numerous vocational training products. Our first was the JEVS Work Sample System, which years later, was streamlined and transformed into our VITAS assessment. Our partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor also led to the development and standardization of VIEWS, the first work sample assessment system specifically designed for individuals living with mental retardation. 

As the need for more efficient methods emerged during the 1980s, we developed the APTICOM assessment system, a self-timing and self-scoring computerized assessment system for low-readers and individuals with negative test-taking experiences. Nearly a decade later we introduced APTICOM’s Spanish language version, which has been used by thousands of employment and training programs, secondary schools, community colleges, correctional facilities, and hospitals throughout the country.

Vocational Research Interest Inventory is another trusted assessment tool. This paper and pencil vocational interest inventory is available in both English (VRII) and Spanish (IIIV).

In 1996 we introduced CareerScope, which was a self-administered software version of the APTICOM interest inventory and aptitude battery. We continue to enhance this product based on best practices and user needs, and in 2009, we made it available online to improve delivery and access. CareerScope’s recommendations have helped millions establish education and work goals, and select the most appropriate education and training programs.

WorkPlace Mentor® was released in 2001. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitative Services Administration and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, WorkPlace Mentor assists in planning and conducting community-based assessments and gaining employment for individuals with special needs, limited work histories or significant barriers to employment.

The Consumer-Directed Training Series, an innovative video training program developed in partnership with JEVS Human Services and its Supports for Independence division was introduced in 2008. This training series is designed for consumers who direct their own care in their own homes, such as the elderly, individuals living with disabilities, and others who need home-based care following accidents or injury.

About JEVS Human Services

Vocational Research Institute is a social enterprise of JEVS Human Services a leading nonprofit organization that makes hope happen for more than 21,000 individuals each year through its many programs and services. Learn more about JEVS Human Services.