The Programs serve as the organizational core of the Institute. Their efforts have direct influence and impact on the degrees, certificates, continuing education, research and community partnerships. Their sources of support evolve from multiple funding and involve faculty and staff of the Institute, the University and Community partners.

National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute (NRLI)

NRLI seeks to enrich the leadership knowledge, skills, and perceptions of rehabilitation leaders, through a powerful organizational learning experience that reinforces learning, creativity, strategic thinking, and passion for the public program of vocational rehabilitation.

Center for Distance Learning (CDL)

The Interwork Institute Center for Distance Learning provides unique and customized learning, education and information technologies to audiences nationally and internationally.

Center for Pacific Studies (CPS)

The Center for Pacific studies provides research, training, and technical assistance services in partnership with institutions of higher education, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in several Pacific Island jurisdictions.

Creative Support Alternatives (CSA)

Creative Support Alternatives provides Supported Living Services (SLS) and Independent Living Services (ILS) to people with developmental disabilities.

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC)

The Exceptional Family Resource Center is a community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals. It is designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education, and support.

Active Collaborative Hub for Individuals with ASD (ACHIEVE)

The ACHIEVE, which stands for Active Collaborative Hub for Individuals with ASD to Enhance Vocation and Education Group includes investigators and community stakeholders working together to develop and test community based interventions and services for adults and transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related disabilities to improve vocational and educational outcomes.

California Career Innovations (CCi)

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is partnering with San Diego State University Interwork Institute (SDSU-II) to evaluate the effects and benefits of work-based learning experiences to prepare students with disabilities to enter post-secondary education (PSE) and obtain competitive integrated employment (CIE).


The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM) is funded by a Cooperative Agreement with the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). The VRTAC-QM is a national center charged with providing training and technical assistance to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies that will help them identify, adopt and implement quality program and performance, and fiscal and resource management strategies that will improve service delivery to, and the quantity and quality of employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.


The WINTAC is a national center funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to provide technical assistance (TA) to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and related rehabilitation professionals to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet therequirements of WIOA.