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What is WorkAbility
The WorkAbility I Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education Special Education Department. WorkAbility I is a nationally recognized school-to-work program that provides comprehensive pre-employment training, employment placement, and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from high school to work.

What is WorkAbility I?

The vision of the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division is that all individuals with disabilities will successfully participate in preparation for the workplace and independent living.

The mission of WorkAbility I is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of experiences that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong learning and quality adult life.

What does WorkAbility I provide for students in special education?

Students receive services such as: assessment, pre-employment skills training, career awareness, and career exploration.

On the job paid training for students at least 16 years or older is implemented for those students who meet training requirements for job placement.
On the job paid training for students at least 16 years or older is implemented for those students who meet training requirements for job placement.

Transition Services

12 days ago

What are transition Services? 

Transition services are work site learning experiences or strategies to connect the classroom to work.    It is a purposeful, organized, and outcome oriented process designed to help students move from school, to employment, and a quality adult life.  Expected student outcomes to a successful transition include post secondary education or training, gainful employment and participation in their community.

What is the District's Vision on Transition? 

The Val Verde Unified School District sees transition as an important component of the educational process for students who are in Special Education.  The process of transitioning students from high school begins when the student enters high school.  Appropriate courses of study support the student's post high school goals.  A transition plan is developed and then updated annually for each student.  The plan addresses education/training plans, living arrangements and leisure activities in which the student will engage.

The mission of the Val Verde Unified School District is to prepare all students academically and socially to become productive members of society.  The vision of the Val Verde Unified School District for a Transition Program includes a partnership of students, parents, staff and community.  The program recognizes and values excellence, individuality, diversity, and creativity.  The district is committed to the intellectual achievement, the emotional and social growth, and the aesthetic development of each student.  VVUSD is dedicated to graduating students who are self-starters, technologically competent workers, life-long learners, responsible citizens and cooperative, effective communicators.

This initiative has produced the following:   

For persons with disabilities, assumptions of low work potential have been discounted as soon as an equal opportunity, proper training and information about appropriate accommodations becomes available to them.    

  • For employers, WorkAbility I provides workers who are job-ready and anxious to learn. 
  • For society, employment for persons with disabilities through the WorkAbility I program allows them the opportunity to contribute to society by producing a product or providing a service, as well as by paying taxes instead of receiving long-term financial public assistance.   

The Array of Services is a full continuum consistent with the California Education Code. These components comprise an effective transition system for high school students. Students served are provided curriculum integration of work readiness skills, career/vocational assessment, connecting activity and a work based learning service.

Work Experience Education (WEE)

3 months ago

Provides paid or unpaid on-the-job experiences for secondary school students through training agreements with employers. Types of work experience programs are: vocational; general; and exploratory.

Work Experience Education (WEE) is a course of study which may be established by the governing board of any school district or other specified local educational agency (LEA) in accordance with the provisions of the CaliforniaEducation Code Section 51760 and the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 5, Section 10070-75. Each LEA that elects to conduct a WEE program must submit a plan for WEE to the California Department of Education for approval. Eligible LEAs include school districts, county offices of education, consolidated cooperatives, charter schools, private schools, and migrant education regions.

The operational plan of the WEE program combines an on-the-job component with related classroom instruction designed to maximize the value of on-the-job experiences. Students' success in WEE programs depends on the quality of classroom instruction, effective collaboration between employers and the WEE coordinators, and the degree of involvement by the students and their parents or legal guardians.

WEE includes both paid and non-paid experiences. The LEA may offer one or more of the following types of WEE programs authorized by CCR, Title 5, Section 10071:

Purpose

The WEE program is part of a total educational process that: (1) helps students to choose a career path wisely; (2) prepares them for full-time employment suitable for their abilities and interests; and (3) affords students the opportunity to learn to work with others in ways that are successful and rewarding. The WEE program uses the integrated efforts of teachers, counselors, students, parents, and employers to achieve the following purposes:

  • Link the academic core curriculum with the world of work and promote students' school-to-career transitions.
  • Help students develop skills, habits, and attitudes conducive to job success and personal growth.
  • Assist students in selecting careers and preparing realistically and wisely for the world of work.
  • Use the community's business-industrial complex as a career training laboratory to help the students develop a positive work ethic and acquire or refine work related skills and job performance in actual work settings.

Exploratory Work Experience

The objective is to provide career guidance to students and ascertain their interests and aptitudes for specific careers through opportunities to observe and sample a variety of conditions of work. Exploratory Work Experience includes a combination of job observations and related classroom instruction in WEE. The student may be required to perform non-paid work activities while exploring the occupation on a limited, periodic, and sampling basis. The length of exploratory assignment may vary, depending on the aptitude of the student, the occupation being explored, the facilities of the work station, and the job classification. Students may not participate in Exploratory Work Experience programs if pay is received for similar work at the same work station or a similar job during hours when not assigned to the Exploratory Work Experience program. (The student cannot replace a paid employee.) The LEA must provide workers' compensation insurance for the student. Secondary school students enrolled in Exploratory Work Experience may be under 16 years of age.

General Work Experience Education

The purpose is to provide students with opportunities for applying the basic skills of reading, writing, and computation through a combination of supervised employment in any occupational field and related classroom instruction.

Career Technical Education

The intent is to reinforce and extend vocational learning opportunities for students through a combination of related classroom instruction and supervised paid employment.

Career Assessment

3 months ago

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