Jackie Tijerina is a program manager/research a with the Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington. Tijerina holds a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) certification.
Tijerina’s work at the CCLC includes research and development of professional training for individuals working in the field of disability, specifically in the area of employment and transition aged youth. Through facilitation, assessment, and technical assistance, Tijerina strives to assist organizations in their efforts of providing quality services.
Tijerina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree of Science in Education from Indiana University.
I have a strong belief that all individuals should have the opportunity and support for competitive community employment at a competitive wage. I have experience working in public schools and the non-profit sector in the area of employment. I have been a member of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) for over 20 years, and a board member of the Indiana Chapter. Serving on the Public Policy committee, I have been involved in moving public policy forward in the state of Indiana for Employment First. I serve on the INAPSE conference planning committee, hosting an annual conference for employment service providers and vocational rehabilitation personnel.