Monarch, Arc of Onondaga's vocational division, provides employment opportunities and training for people with developmental disabilities while also serving the needs of the local business community.  Monarch operates at many sites throughout the county including a full-scale work center, a woodworking shop and at National Grid’s Investment Recovery unit in Liverpool, NY.  Monarch employs almost 200 people with developmental disabilities in Onondaga County and provides the Syracuse area with more than $2 Million in outsourcing services such as assembly, packaging and inspection.  Their Lowell facility produces customized skids and crates, picnic tables and survey stakes.  Monarch is a member of MACNY, NYSID, NYSRA, NISH and Centerstate CEO and has been serving the CNY community for over 30 years.            

To learn more about their products and services, visit their website at


Community Based Employment

As well as a local outsourcing company, Monarch also works hand in hand with more than forty local, state and federal businesses placing supervised individuals with disabilities in employment positions on a subcontract basis. These individuals work alongside other employees in the community and on some occasions, comprise the entire workforce. Some of the positions include but are not limited to mail room operations, food service, janitorial, manufacturing and assembly.


Employment Options

Employment Options is another program provided by Monarch which provides services for adults seeking employment opportunities and students planning to transition from school to the world of work.  Employment Options works in partnership with local businesses by providing them with successful personnel at no cost to their company and by providing on-site training, pre-screened applicants whose abilities match specific job requirements, and long-term support as necessary.  Employment Options services include:

School to Work Transition

During a student's last year of school, Employment Options staff work with school officials, parents, the New York State Education Department (VESID), and other agencies to aid a student's smooth transition to employment before and after graduation from school.

Life Skills Program

Sponsored by a grant from Key Bank, the Life Skills Program is a cooperative effort between several leading agencies in the Syracuse area designed to help SCSD special education students succeed once they leave the comfort zone of high school. Students are engaged through a combination of classes from subject matter experts, field trips and internships.

Project SEARCH

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a one-year educational program for students with disabilities who are in their last year of high school. It is for students whose main goal is to gain competitive employment. The program takes place in a health care or business setting in which total immersion in the workplace facilitates teaching and learning through feedback and application of new skills.

Supported Employment

Employment Options staff work closely with individuals and their team members to find competitive employment in the community compatible with an individual's goals, desires and abilities. In addition, staff members provide the on-going support needed for an individual to maintain their chosen employment.


For more information on the services Monarch provides, please contact our administrative offices at 315.476.7441 or at

For information on the products and services Monarch can provide for your business please visit their website at or call 315.424.6000.


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