Career Connections Program
Our Intensive Work Experience and Skills Program is Designed for Students with Significant Disabilities!
Our Career Connections: Work Sampling and Professional Skills Program is a 4-week program for transition-aged customers ages 14-22 years old who have little to no work or volunteer experience, and who have not shown an inclination or strong preference toward any particular career track. The program will begin with assessing the customer’s strengths, through the O*NET Ability Profiler, to assist in matching the customer with their externship positions. Customers will be given the opportunity to be externs and sample various work sites in multiple areas including grocery, retail, food service, and warehouse/packaging. Customers will also participate in social skills curriculum from Michelle Garcia Winner, and will receive instruction and opportunity to practice professional skills such as that provided in the Attainment Pre-ETS Curriculum. Customers will also learn about the local job market, education, and soft and hard skills required for each industry area in which they will complete their externship. Customers will receive modified ‘orientations’ for their externship job sites, opportunity to work a short shift and/or shadow an industry professional in a position of interest at the job site, and gain information from employees at each externship site through a group informational interview.
Career Connections will take place Monday-Saturday, with a 5-hour work shift scheduled at the convenience of the industry business. This shift will include a 1-hour orientation/tour of the building and informational interview, and a 4-hour working shift for 4 sessions (1 for each industry area) totaling 20 hours. Customers will also receive additional curriculum/instruction during the week for 2.5 hours per class 3 times weekly, totaling 7.5 hours of instructional time per week, for a total of 30 hours of instruction. The program will be offered in 4 to 6-week sessions throughout the year depending on the availability of students and work sites.