On The Right Track Career/College Exploration Program

General Program Information:

What is On the Right Track?

Using the Self-Directed Search System, participants will be grouped into small groups based upon their career track, functioning, and age. They will then engage in fun, hands-on activities, specific to that career track, designed to expose them to the soft and hard skills, postsecondary education, job market conditions, and availability of those careers. Specific activities include visiting potential work sites, listening to guest speakers in their interest area, researching post-secondary degree options, and practicing interviewing and other needed soft skills for workplace success. In addition 2 social activities will be offered each week to provide specific opportunities to connect with their peers and practice the real world skills needed to become competitively employed.

What criteria does each participant need to meet to be eligible to attend?

Participant must be between the ages of 14 to 22, with average (70 IQ) or higher intellectual functioning, and diagnoses including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, ADHD, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Is the camp for students who are college-bound?

Yes, new for this year, we are offering two tracks of the camp! The first is Level 1 for students who are planning on going straight into the workforce and the second is Level 2 for students who are planning on attending college before entering the workforce. Each camp location will offer both tracks unless it’s specifically stated that a particular camp is only offering 1 track.

What are the qualifications of the staff leading the program?

Each cohort will be led by a facilitator with related experience and/or education in the content area of the track, for example, in the Arts track, a degreed musician, artist, etc. The second staff member will be a graduate-level vocational rehabilitation case manager/expert/evaluator with a degree in the field of Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology, or another human-services field.

Can a participant attend for less than the full session?

No, a participant must be able to attend the entire session.

Information for TWC-VRS Counselors:

What Service Authorization is required for the camp?
  • A total of 76 Pre-ETS Hours at the current rate of $34.25 per hour, per consumer must be provided. There is no separate group rate for Pre-ETS services.
  • Our camp SA’s must divide the 76 hours into the 5 services/domains below to comply with federal and state VR policy:
    • Counseling on Post-Secondary Training Opportunities
      • Number of Hours: 10
      • Service # 61570-61570-41800-41800001
    • Career Exploration
      • Number of Hours: 20
      • Service # 61570-61570-41800- 41800002
    • Work Readiness Training (Including Social Skills)
      • Number of Hours: 26
      • Service # 61570-61570-41800-41800003
    • Self-Advocacy Training
      • Number of Hours: 10
      • Service # 61570-61570-41800-41800004
    • Work-Based Learning
      • Number of Hours: 10
      • Service # 61570-61570-41800-41800005
Besides a Service Authorization with 76 hours, what forms are needed from a counselor to refer a consumer?
Are consumers getting work experience in the program?

Since work experience training and placement are a separate TWC-VRS service and this program does not meet those exact standards, the program should not be considered a work experience. However, with their cohort, consumers will participate in work-based learning and career exploration activities at various work sites that directly correspond to their cohort’s vocational interest area. For example, consumers grouped into the Arts cohort would visit work sites related to the arts, i.e. Art Museums, Art Schools, Art Supply Stores. The selection of work sites will be up to the cohort facilitator to choose and arrange with support from the Pre-ETS program coordinator.

Information for Parents/Participants:

Absences:

If the participant will not attend on a specific day for which he or she is registered, please notify our staff as soon as possible. Refunds will not be given for any missed days, for any reason, due to the need for consistent staff supervision regardless of the number of participants. In addition, if TWC-VRS is paying the cost, they require a participant to attend 95% of the entire program.

Arrivals and Departures (Summer Only):

Drop-Off Everyday will take place from 8:30 am-9:00 am each day. Participants should not be dropped prior to 8:30 am as supervision will not be provided since Camp Facilitators are not expected to be on site until 8:30 am. A parent or other authorized person may accompany the participant inside or they may drop them off outside.

Pick-Up on a Day without an Evening Social Activity will begin, at the program site, at 4:00 pm and end at 4:30 pm. Participants must be picked up prior to 4:30 pm as supervision will not be provided past 4:30 pm for any reason. Bloom Consulting and our staff will not be held liable for a participant who is picked up after 4:30 pm. A parent or other authorized person may pick up the participant inside or wait for them outside.

Pick-Up on a Day with an Evening Social Activity will begin, at the social activity site, at 6:00 pm and end at 6:30 pm. Participants must be picked up prior to 6:30 pm as supervision will not be provided past 6:30 pm for any reason. Bloom Consulting and our staff will not be held liable for a participant who is picked up after 6:30 pm. A parent or other authorized person may pick up the participant inside or wait for them outside.

Attire:

Participants are expected to wear clothing appropriate for a causal work setting. T-shirts (no tank tops), shorts (no short shorts), and shoes that will allow them to be active (i.e. sneakers, not flip-flops) are typically worn.

Behavior/Conduct Expectations:

In an effort to provide all participants with a safe and educational experience, it is important that all participants exhibit proper behavior and self-control, consistent with acceptable workplace standards. Participants are expected to respect program staff and fellow participants at all times. Inappropriate, sexual, disruptive and/or violent behavior while in the program will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to, fighting, name calling, bullying, foul language, destruction of property, arguing, disrespectful or illegal actions, and inappropriate physical contact. Appropriate physical contact, such as high-fives and side-hugs, are acceptable. Our program staff reserves the right, upon notification of the parent/guardian and/or TWC-VRS Counselor, to dismiss any participant for conduct deemed detrimental to the well-being of other participants, staff, or to the overall operation of the program. Private-pay refunds will not be given should this occur.

In Case of an Emergency (Summer Only):

If you need to reach program staff or a participant during the day, please contact 512-537-1661. The person at this number will assist you in contacting the appropriate program staff. However, if an injury or illness occurs, the participants’ parent/guardian will be immediately notified.

Lunch/Snack (Summer Only):

Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch each day, however the program staff will provide basic snacks and water. Our program staff are not responsible for monitoring participants’ dining choices. Staff will provide guidance, but the participant is solely responsible for choosing meals appropriate to their dietary restrictions and needs.

Technology (Summer Only):

Participants will need to bring and use their own personal electronic device, such as an iPad, Android Tablet, Laptop, or Smartphone with them each day to the program site to complete the various activities and assessments that require a web browser and internet connection. Participants are not allowed to utilize this technology for recreational use during the program hours unless given permission by staff, however staff are not responsible for the participants internet browsing and cannot be expected to monitor all participant usage at all times.

Transportation (Summer Only):

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the program site and from the social activity site. However, visits to community sites & transportation from the program site to the social activity site will be provided by staff.

Our 2019 Summer Schedule:

Locations Will Be Announced November 2018!


7600 Burnet Rd, Suite 102
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: 512-537-1661
Fax: 512-852-4740
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