Our Agency has years of experience in developing job-related skills to assist our population of students in accessing employment opportunities. Vocational training is individualized and focuses upon the development of skills to get and keep a job. Programming is designed to teach the prerequisite skills needed to meet the expectations of a typical work environment. These include social skills training in the areas of appropriate conduct, dress, communication, problem-solving, and acceptance of guidance or supervision. This is accomplished through a series of educational experiences that are integrated into their daily school experience.
The education department houses a vocational room for students to utilize during their school day. This room houses various activities ranging from pre-vocational (put-in, pull-out, matching sorting, assembly, filing, etc.) to more advanced job preparation skills and scenario-based role play. Vocational goals are developed that are tailored to each student’s individual interests and ability levels.
As part of the transition planning process, the teacher works towards accomplishing these goals by using task-oriented activities, internet-based skill training, and workshops available on-site for students to access. Workshops include application completion, interview coaching, interacting at work, resume building, internet navigation, and technology usage.