Vocational Training Enrichment Program

Offering employment opportunities to students and adults

About Vocational Training

TERI provides a wide range of vocational training and employment opportunities to our students and adults as they define their future. Vocational opportunities include working at TERI's Resale Shop, Potpourri, the Oceanside Farmers' Market which offers items made by students in our adult program, and operating an in-house recycling center. Students that participate in the vocational program continue lifelong learning through training in a wide range of skills, including woodworking, craft production, metal work, floral arts, and more.

These students may also acquire skills from the agriculture and culinary programs by harvesting TERI's urban farms, food processing, and food distribution for our residences. The newest endeavor, TERI's Kilmer College offers a culinary class that prepares students for jobs in the culinary field. Lastly, the animal husbandry program along with a host of other enterprises, support the sustainable business model of TERI. They offer access to careers and experiences not traditionally available to adults with special needs.

Student Spotlight


Besides her cooking skills, the best part about having Barbie in the kitchen is her infectious laughter.

Barbie is one of our full-time residents here at TERI. She is also part of our vocational training program, learning all about cooking. She has learned to harvest produce from her group home garden, follow recipes, and measure ingredients. She assists with meal planning, shopping, and the creation of entire dinners for her group home. She also assists the Culinary Department with our Brown Bag Lunch program which supplies our staff with a healthful lunch option at a reasonable cost. Barbie has grown into an excellent kitchen assistant and loves to eat her delicious and healthy creations too! Her dream is to work in the cafe at TERI's new Campus of Life upon its completion.

Program Benefits

  • Nourishes hope and provides tools necessary for a meaningful and productive life.

  • With community partnerships, the vocational training program is a revolutionary model of enterprise and personal achievement for this segment of our population.

  • Students can increase current abilities, explore new interests, and develop a repertoire of skills that will enrich their lives in many ways.

  • Offers life changing opportunities and innovative certificate training programs for students.


Teresa Martin

Director of Adult Services

Teresa Martin, the Director of Adult Services, has been with TERI since 1982. She oversees TERI’s residential program and the Center for the Arts and Adult Education. Teresa Martin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Oregon State University and her Elementary Teaching Credential from the University of Southern California. Beginning her career as a teacher in the Los Angeles school system, Teresa moved on to hold the Executive Directorship of the Fallbrook Child Development Center. She transitioned to the TERI team in 1982 as part of the residential program. In 2004 she became the Director of Adult Services and administers the agency’s most diverse programs. Teresa’s great creativity has been the inspiration of many new programs at TERI. Teresa enjoys travel and has enjoyed trips to England, South Africa, Germany, and Italy. Closer to home, she enjoys sampling the arts and music available in San Diego.

Email Teresa: teresam@teriinc.org