These Workshops are meant to be a student’s first steps down the road to employment, education, and/or independent living. Workshop duration is negotiable, depending on the topic and the needs of the school or agency. The following are the workshops offered:
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
Transition Age and Workshops
The Transition Age Class and the Workshops cover the same topics and are both 20 weeks long. The Workshop is a half a day program where the Transition Class is a full day. The Transition Class also explores and perform different jobs on site with businesses to see what a job entails and what are some of the expectations of employment. Below are some of the topics we cover in these programs:
Interest and Skill Assessments
Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy
Stranger Danger on the job, Transportation, and Communication at work
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
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.
Job Coaching is support provided to both the employee and 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.
Is an 8 week program 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.