Sector-Based Training

Serving Lowell and
Merrimack Valley, MA
for over 40 years



STRIDE Program

The PLUS Company, Inc. operates an award-winning sector-based training program in partnership with Lowell General Hospital/Sodexo (STRIDE). Interns gain skills in various occupational rotations including Environmental Services, Materials Management, EKG department, Mail Room, Food Services, Sanitary Services, Transport, and other departments in combination with classroom coursework and special projects. Interns gain real world experience and an opportunity to explore different career paths within the Healthcare sector, but also acquire skills that transfer well to other industries such as Hospitality.  





“Back in 2011, the first class of STRIDE, or Sodexo Training and Recruitment for Individuals with Disabilities for Employment, students celebrated their graduation from the 20-week program at Lowell General Hospital. Similar to Project SEARCH in our post last week, STRIDE offers on-the-job training for those with intellectual and physical disabilities based on the needs of Sodexo managers at the hospital in food services and housekeeping. However, instead of focusing on high school students, this program is geared toward adults and helping them learn the skills they need to be competitive in the job market upon completion.

STRIDE, which was developed by Sodexo, The PLUS Company and LinkAbilities, continues to operate today, with leadership provided by Sodexo Clinical Nutrition Manager Margaret Wandrey.

“STRIDE is a great experience for the students because we put them through the whole process from start to finish, beginning with an interview and an application,” said Margaret. “Once selected, students participate in three rotations during the program, and the managers at Lowell General push them toward enhancing their comfort in new areas in order to give them the opportunity to explore how they can be successful in the workplace. We’re really trying to give them experiences they can apply to a job.”

Graduates of the STRIDE program have an 86% placement rate out in the community, and some have even been placed at Lowell General.”
— Autumn Anderson, Sodexo


Graduates from the Retail Training Program which operates in partnership with Marshalls/TJ Maxx in Nashua and Tewksbury, MA gain real-world retail experience. Through a series of training opportunities to help build hard and soft skills, store knowledge, interpersonal skills and develop strong standards of professional conduct, interns prepare for exciting careers within the retail industry. Training involves classroom instruction, on-the-job training, and support by retail professionals. Curriculum covers: Retail Terminology, Stocking Procedures, Storing Merchandise, Sales Floor Best Practices, Pricing, Customer Service, Loss Prevention, Safety Emergency Planning/Procedures and other relevant skills training.

The job development process begins during training where interns meet with their job developer(s) to understand career goals, transportation options, availability restrictions, to ultimately find the best possible job match. Once placed, we provide on-site Career Training for individuals to ensure the transition goes smoothly. The INCOME program also provides Video Resume services for each intern, see examples below. 


Contact Information
for Massachusetts
Sector-based Training

Missy Giandomenico, Director of Massachusetts Programs
(978) 640-3936 |

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