The SWCEC Work Experience Program is designed to serve students from the ages of 18-22 with the goal of transitioning from academic services to adult services.†Our program serves students of varying levels of abilities and skills.†In order to serve such a wide range of students, the program is broken out into three components:†life skills, community based supports and vocational services.
Between the ages of 14 and 18, programming will address the following areas: functional academics, social and emotional issues, daily living skills, and pre-vocational activities. Pre-vocational activities may include sorting, measuring, recycling, shredding, mail delivery, cafeteria clean-up, cleaning and sanitization, programming, and laundry. These pre-vocational activities will be carried out within the school setting. Emphasis is placed on functional living skills such as completing a job application, money management, employee-employer relationships and skills necessary to become a productive independent member of the community. If appropriate, once a student turns 16, there will be opportunities for community based programming. It will consist of volunteerism, community safety, and use of community resources.
Students of ages 18-22 years will be eligible for two potential tracks within the Work Experience Program:
Track 1: Dawning Place at the Work Experience Program and GROW at the Work Experience Program combines a functional academic curriculum with pre-vocational and vocational training. The life skills curriculum consists of programs such as consumer math, current events, safety in the home and community, use of community resources, social skills and activities of daily living. The pre-vocational and vocational component involves the acquisition of job readiness skills, volunteerism, job internships and community immersion.
Track 2: The Work Experience Program is comprised of three levels of programming based on the varying needs and abilities of the students in the program.
- Level 1 is the Life Skills Program which incorporates daily living skills training with job readiness both on-site and in the community.
- Level 2 is a Community Based Support Program that bases students in the community with a Life Skills Coach in small group settings (1-2 students per staff). This program offers several volunteer opportunities as well as immersion into local community activities.
- Level 3 is the Vocational Program in which a Job Coach takes out small groups of students (3-4 students per staff ) where they are able to acquire job skills as interns. Some of the jobs include food service, stocking, pricing, landscaping, housekeeping and janitorial duties.
Students may participate in more than one level depending on their individual needs. Therapeutic services such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Vision & Mobility, Counseling Services, Behavior Management and Nursing Services are provided as needed.
The Work Experience Program is overseen by a Vocational Coordinator.
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