ERIC Number: ED394752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Counselors and Educators Working Together To Improve Transition of Students with Disabilities in Rural Areas.
The West Virginia University Special Education Transition Project trains school guidance and rehabilitation counselors to support disabled students during school-to-work transition. Specifically, project goals are to develop, refine, and implement programs that provide school and rehabilitation counselors with transition and special education competencies to effectively serve individuals with disabilities; provide an externship for trainees to apply and demonstrate newly acquired competencies; measure the impact of the program on services for disabled people; disseminate information to those who complete the program; and internalize program concepts into graduate programs at West Virginia University's College of Human Resources. Ninety-one counselors, counselor trainees, teachers, and doctoral students received 426 credit hours of training. Competency areas covered by the training included advocacy, career education and guidance, case management issues, community and adult service agencies, community survey and job location, interagency cooperation, interdisciplinary team-building, transition curriculum, transition program models, and vocational evaluation. Participants also completed a 13-week externship. Of participants who evaluated the program, 95 percent reported that increased awareness of transition issues was the primary benefit of the project; 69 percent reported that the training facilitated opportunities for school personnel and community counselors to exchange ideas and concerns regarding transition of disabled students; but only 25 percent were able to confirm that professionals surveyed during their externship were acting to improve transition for disabled students. (LP)
Descriptors: College Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Practicums, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Counselors, Secondary Education, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: West Virginia University
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.