Our History

In 1990, Joan McLaughlin and Gladys Oberle recognized a need to provide specialized educational and employment services to disadvantaged and disabled youth residing in Planning District 16 and surrounding areas. With a mission of working directly with the community to assist these youth in acquiring the education and skills necessary to become successful, contributing members of the workforce, they founded Employment Resources Incorporated and became pioneers of specialized alternative education and workforce training in the Fredericksburg area. To meet the educational needs of students identified with disabilities, ERI established a private, special education day program called "The Star Center." This was one of the first schools of its kind in the area and quickly became a model program for meeting the unique needs of special education students. Upon Mrs. Oberle's death in 1996, ERI changed the name of the school to the Gladys H. Oberle School which remains one of the top schools of its kind in the area.


Over the past 28 years, ERI's mission has remained the same. Working collaboratively with individuals, school systems, state and federal agencies, and local businesses, we have created and operated numerous innovative programs to bring workforce training, specialized educational programs, alternative education and career and technical programs to the youth of our area. Currently, ERI employs 32 professional educators and workforce specialists with over 100 collective years of experience in education and services for disabled and disadvantaged youth. The company is governed by a Board of Directors and its by-laws which ensures that services meet the mission. 

Gladys Oberle​

Joan McLaughlin​

Our Mission &

Who We Serve

Employment Resources Inc.’s mission is to provide youth with the education and skills they need to become successfully employed, self-sufficient and contributing members of their community.

ERI offers training services for adults including an online high school diploma program.

Through the Gladys H. Oberle School, a private, special education day school, we provide educational services to students ages 11 up to 22 with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, Other Health Impairments, Visual Impairments including blindness, Hearing impairments, Speech or Language Impairments, and Multiple Disabilities.