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. The following are topics offered. Please contact Brande Kitzberger at 520 – 795-3108 bkitzberger@ucpsa.org:

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 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 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 bother VR and DDD services.

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 795-3108.