Assumption Partners with UMass/Boston on Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center

In a new configuration for delivering technical assistance and continuing education in vocational rehabilitation service provision, the U. S. Department of Education (Rehabilitation Services Administration) has awarded oversight of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center for New England to the University of Massachusetts/Boston in partnership with Assumption College.

The new TACE New England Center provides training and technical assistance for the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and their 400 service delivery partners in the six New England states. To increase efficiencies and reduce costs, Assumption has merged its former rehabilitation continuing education program (RCEP Region 1) with that administered by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass/Boston to enable the two entities to increase their capacity to provide staff training and technical assistance for the New England region.

“The merger of these two programs into a single TACE Center makes sense, given our combined history of providing training and technical assistance to meet the region’s needs,” said Assumption’s Thomas McCarthy, Ph.D., who provides leadership from the college as co-director of the regional TACE center. The Assumption allotment of the federal TACE grant is $329,000 per year for five-years, McCarthy added. The total amount of the five-year grant is $727,000 per year.

The TACE New England Center, established in 2008, is one of 10 such centers in the country. The goal of the TACE Center is to contribute to the improved quality of vocational rehabilitation services; help to increase the effectiveness of the state’s vocational rehabilitation agencies and their partners in delivering services, and help to improve the quantity and quality of employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

For more information, please contact Tom McCarthy at or 508-767-7261.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews