Pre Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

This is a Rehabilitation Services of Arizona Service

These classes are meant to be a student’s first steps down the road to employment, education, and/or independent living. Class duration is negotiable, depending on the topic and the needs of the school and/or student. The student is required to meet the eligibility criteria. Must be between the ages of 14 and 22 years of age and have a documented disability. Please contact Brande Kitzberger at 520 – 795-3108 bkitzberger@ucpsa.org for more information. The following are topics offered under this service:

Job Exploration Counseling: Explore educational, training, and skill requirements for various careers

Work-Based Learning Experiences: Hands-on skills practice and assessments 

Post-Secondary Education Planning: Discover college/training options and promote a smooth transition from high school

Workplace Readiness Training: Develop soft skills related to employment and independent living

Instruction in Self-Advocacy: Cultivate self-determination and learn disability rights


Starting Line For Employment Classes

The Starting Line for Employment Classes are 20 weeks long. We have three levels of the curriculum. The classes will complete internships and/or class projects that explore what work looks like and how to do tasks on a job site.  We work with local businesses to provide this experience. There is also an entrepreneurship piece to the curriculum where students can practice selling a product, marketing and making products to sell, and doing research. Below are some of the topics we cover in these programs. For more info contact Brande Kitzberger or Vanessa Zuber at 520-795-3108:

  • Interest and Skill Assessments
  • Self-Advocacy and Determination
  • Safety on the job, Transportation, and Communication at work
  • Positive Attitude, Enthusiasm, Positive Work Behaviors, and
  • Teamwork
  • Appearance, Professionalism, and Self-Care
  • Applications, Resumes, Interview Strategies, and Networking
  • Independent Living, Sustainability, and Budgeting
  • Disability Benefits 101
  • Job Exploration and Placements…many more! 

Job Development / Coaching

Rehabilitation Instructional Services (RIS) is a VR service that provides instruction in the following areas:

  • Self Advocacy
  • Money Management
  • Employability Skills
  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Transportation – How to utilize
  • Basic Computer Classes

Job Development is pre-employment supports such as resume building, learning job searching techniques, filling out applications, interview strategies, mock interviews, etc. The goal is to assist people with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining competitive employment in integrated work environments consistent with the client’s selected vocational goal, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. These services can be both VR and DDD services.

Job Coaching is support provided to both the employee and the employer. This may include task analysis, on or off-site training, advocating, conflict resolution, and transition supports that will assist the individual in sustaining the job. The purpose of this service is to support a client while employed in a competitive job making at least minimum wage. The client will receive support on-site with a job coach and may also receive additional skill training away from the job site. The goal of this service is to assist the client in gaining the skills and training necessary so the client retains the job after supports end. This service can be both VR and DDD services.

Supported Education is the supports needed by a student in college. It would include assistance with enrollment in school, the FAFSA, registering for classes, signing up with the Access & Disability Resources (ADR), and monitoring of the student’s progress in classes. For more information contact Julie Williams (520) 795-3108 or jwilliams@ucpsa.org

For more info on all these services contact workability@ucpsa.org


Summer Program Options

WorkAbility’s Starting Line for Employment program offers an 8 week course in the summer, that covers a condensed version of the curriculum for students still attending high school, but over the age of 16.  The focus is on job exploration and self-determination. This is a Division of Developmental Disabilities Service. For more info contact WorkAbility at (520) 795-3108.