On The Right Track Summer Pre-ETS Program
General Program Information:
What is On the Right Track?
On the Right Track is a two-week summer program for youth with disabilities, ages 14-22, who are interested in discovering and exploring a meaningful, post-secondary vocational plan. The program will start by utilizing a vocational assessment/service platform, called the MECA, to identify up to 3 potential career tracks based on participant interest. With this information, participants will be grouped into small teams of 3-6 participants corresponding to one or more identified career track(s). Once in their groups, participants will engage in activities customized to their career area(s) and designed to expose them to the world of work including the soft and hard skills needed, post-secondary education required, local job market conditions and availability, and informational interviews and work-based learning with current professionals. Participants will stay with their groups throughout the week and complete the activities together. Some instruction will be provided through modules in the MECA system, but to supplement it and extend the learning, participants will complete the Integrated Self-Advocacy Curriculum, as well as engage in group instruction and practice on vocational soft skills provided through videos, workbooks, and instruction within the Conover Resource teacher-directed platform. The social activities will be designed to allow participants to practice the soft-skills learned in the program in a natural environment with the goal of generalization and maintenance of skills. In addition, it provides an opportunity for staff to observe their progress and behavior and provide specific feedback as to how to model their social interactions appropriately in a community-based work setting.
Where will it be located?
- Session #1-Houston: Week 1-June 25-29 & Week 2-July 9-13
- Northwest Location: MOSAIC 18+ Program-18901 Timber Forest Drive, Humble, TX 77346
- Southwest Location: Lake Olympia Middle School-3100 Lake Olympia Pkwy, Missouri City, TX 77459
- Session #2-Georgetown: Week 1-July 16-20 & Week 2-July 23-27
- Bridges 18+ Program-1313 Williams Dr, Georgetown, TX 78628
- Session #3A-South Austin: Week 1-July 30-Aug. 3 & Week 2-Aug. 6-10
- Location To Be Announced
- Session #3B-Corpus Christi: Week 1-July 30-Aug. 3 & Week 2-Aug. 6-10
- Mary Grett Transition Center-4402 Castenon St, Corpus Christi, TX 78416
What is the schedule?
The program will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday with a two Social Activities to practice learned soft skills in an authentic, community-based environment, each week from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
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.
What is the minimum and maximum number of participants?
3-6 participants per cohort with a cohort facilitator and a graduate-level vocational rehabilitation case manager/expert/evaluator.
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 two weeks?
No, a participant must be able to attend the entire session and no private-pay refunds will be given for partial attendance.
What is the private pay cost of the program if TWC-VRS is not covering the cost?
$2,500.00 for both weeks paid via our website at www.bloomconsultingco.com/make-payment
Information for TWC-VRS Counselors:
What criteria does each consumer need to meet to be eligible to attend?
As listed above, consumer’s 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.
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.
- As of May 2, 2018, Erin Wilder, State Transition Lead, has directed us to make sure our camp SA’s 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
- Counseling on Post-Secondary Training Opportunities
Besides a service authorization with 76 Pre-ETS hours, what forms are needed from a counselor to refer a consumer?
Can a consumer attend for less than the full two weeks?
No, per TWC-VRS policy, a consumer must attend 95% of the program and the cohort facilitator is required to document all attendance and submit it to the counselor at the end of the program.
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:
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 be attend 95% of the entire program.
Arrivals and Departures:
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 5:00 pm and end at 5:30 pm. Participants must be picked up prior to 5:30 pm as supervision will not be provided past 5:30 pm for any reason. Bloom Consulting and our staff will not be held liable for a participant who is picked up after 5:30 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 7:00 pm and end at 7:30 pm. Participants must be picked up prior to 7:30 pm as supervision will not be provided past 7:30 pm for any reason. Bloom Consulting and our staff will not be held liable for a participant who is picked up after 7:30 pm. A parent or other authorized person may pick up the participant inside or wait for them outside.
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.
All On The Right Track staff have undergone and passed a background screening. Any unscreened staff, volunteers, or guests (i.e. special content experts, speakers at community locations, etc) do not have unsupervised contact with participants.
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.
The participant is responsible for maintaining appropriate hygiene and wearing appropriate clothing during the program.
In Case of an Emergency:
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.
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.
Participants will need to bring and use their own personal laptop computers with them each day to the program site to complete the various activities, assessments, and modules 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.
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.