Hello there! I am Jennifer Anken MS, CRC, CVE, the Director of Vocational Evaluation Services at employU. I began my rewarding career at employU when our vocational evaluation program was in its infancy. I am proud to have assisted in growing the program to provide services throughout the state of Florida. To date, my team has worked diligently to assist thousands of clients in navigating their vocational path to rewarding careers.
My educational background includes a BA in Human Development with a concentration in Psychology from SUNY Empire State College and a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University at Buffalo. I hold a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. With nearly two decades in the field of disability services in both the private and public sector in my home state of New York, I decided it was time for a change of scenery and relocated to Florida, where EmployU was seeking to grow the vocational evaluation team. At that time, the company was relatively small, but I believed in the mission to empower persons with disabilities through training and employment. I saw this as a great opportunity to bring my skills to a growing team. From my years in the field, I had learned that the development of a vocational path that is consistent with the interests and abilities of the individual is incredibly empowering. I also saw that it had a direct correlation to the increase of an individual’s self-confidence and sense of self-worth.
employU has afforded me the opportunity to fully utilize my administrative and clinical skills in building an experienced, professional team committed to providing our clients with the highest quality vocational evaluations and sound vocational advisement. However, most importantly, I am given the opportunity to see hope manifest itself daily, as the people we serve are given a path to achieve their goals they had not previously thought possible. I believe there is no reward larger than this.