Elevate, Educate, Empower, Employ

MTC’s Day Services provides supportive opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders to grow in independence at home, at work and in the community. Functional, transferable skills to attain the greatest degree of independence for each individual distinguishes our person-centered programming. MTC’s community-based services enable individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential for independent and productive living, empowering them to live in their own homes or in residences located in their own communities.

Community inclusion activities, including volunteering at local nonprofits, is a hallmark of our person centered programming.

Please visit eMerge Career Collaborative, for more information on MTC’s post-secondary educational programs approved by the Florida Department of Education.

MTC’s EPIC ©Curriculum

Empowering People * Inspiring Change

  • 3E Training Room for technical, soft & safety skills

  • Computer Lab for technology training
  • Fitness Center for stamina and endurance
  • MTC Fine Arts Studios for imaginative growth
  • Transition Assistance


The Project SEARCH Adult Model is an exciting collaboration between MacDonald Training Center and Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park. The nine-month training program combines classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on experiential learning.

  • Creates a unique opportunity for adults with significant disabilities to gain meaningful and transferrable skills and experience as well as increased independence, confidence, and self-esteem as they progress toward their goal of competitive employment.
  • MTC’s Project SEARCH Adult Model program takes place 100% on-site at Zoo Tampa.
  • Media: MTC Turning Capabilities Into Careers at ZooTampa!

Looking For A Fun Way To Gain Meaningful Job Skills?
MTC Invites You To Learn More About Project SEARCH at ZooTampa!

Project SEARCH Adult Transition Program is a unique, business-led, nine-month work program that takes place entirely at the host site of ZooTampa. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations throughout the ZOO. Project SEARCH is an unpaid internship experience, facilitated and overseen by employment specialists at MacDonald Training Center familiar with the varying learning styles of people with disabilities. Project SEARCH at ZooTampa initially launched as a collaboration with  Project SEARCH, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, RESPECT of Florida, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Eligibility includes:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Client
  • Strong desire to work and earn competitive wages
  • Resident in the Tampa Bay area with access to reliable transportation for work.

Pre-Employment Training and Screening is required.

Project SEARCH Interns are expected to be at their site every day of the week, for the entire day.

We can’t wait to tell you about this exciting program! Connect with us today!

Complete Project SEARCH Interest Form

Elevated Life Skills

Life Skills Services maximize a person’s independence in activities of daily living. Emphasis is on building skills in personal health and safety, socialization, decision making, communication, community inclusion, and enrichment activities. Services are person-centered and driven by each individual’s needs, goals and desired supports.

Supportive Enhanced Services

Enhanced Services offers a higher level of support in a more structured setting for individuals with greater challenges. A smaller staff ratio is provided so that individuals may enjoy a meaningful day while participating in community activities, volunteerism, and life enrichment opportunities.


Graduating from high school and uncertain about what lies ahead?

MacDonald Training Center has a variety of services and post secondary educational programs which effectively transition young people with disabilities into their post high school lives.

For information on MTC’s Transition Services, please call 813-870-1300 ext 200

Funding Accepted: MedWaiver, General Revenue, Vocational Rehabilitation, Consumer Directed Care, Private Pay.