ERIC Number: ED290844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Cooperative Career Education Program.
Stern, Dena Shaver
Work Inc., a community rehabilitation center south of Boston, provides moderately to severely disabled (primarily mentally retarded) students with paid work opportunities while they are still in school. In the Work Inc. program, the Greater Boston business community becomes part of the daily curriculum of 500 students in 35 different communities within a two-hour radius of Boston. The program is based on a cooperative model that combines the strengths of the school and the community rehabilitation center. Work Inc. provides direct help to schools in the form of consultation services. Students are given assistance in making a smooth and effective school-to-work transition through two programs--an in-school work program and a community employment program. In the in-school work program, students spend between one and three hours daily doing industrial subcontract work (including salvaging, collating, sorting, assembling, packing, and heat sealing). Students are paid approximately half the going industrial rate, earning about $36.00 for two weeks' worth of industrial work (two hours each day). The community employment program provides supported employment at 24 sites, offering a variety of industrial and janitorial experiences. The program is based on an enclave model with 5-10 workers. The average two-week paycheck for a student working 50 percent of the time is $55.00 at an industrial site and $75.00 for janitorial work training (30 hours per week). Besides providing disabled students with valuable work experience, Work Inc. has raised parents', teachers', and administrators' general awareness of the students' abilities. (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Industrial Training, Mainstreaming, Maintenance, School Business Relationship, School Community Programs, Secondary Education, Severe Disabilities, Severe Mental Retardation, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Massachusetts (Boston); Supported Work Programs; Work Inc
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Las Vegas, NV, December 6-10, 1987).