ERIC Number: ED371817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May-21
Reference Count: N/A
Partnerships for Employing Students with Disabilities.
Palomar Coll., San Marcos, CA.
In October 1992, the Disabled Student Programs and Services and Student Placement Offices of Palomar College initiated a partnership program with existing service agencies and employers to enable individuals with disabilities to enter the employment mainstream and to establish a safety-net support system within the work environment. The program developed two courses to prepare students for employment and to provide support on work adjustment issues. In addition to counseling, assessment, and placement services, the program also selects a worksite peer-mentor who is trained and given incentives to support the adjustment of the new employee. The program relies on existing campus services and partnerships with employers and community service agencies. By 1994, the project had accomplished the following: (1) a Transition Committee, involving 21 representatives of community agencies and educational institutions, was formed and agreed to meet monthly to advise the placement project, share information and concerns, promote cooperation, and avoid duplication of effort; (2) an active 35-member advisory board including representatives from the college and business community was formed and has stimulated a true partnership between the project and business community; (3) intake, screening, and transition plan procedures have all been modified to streamline and enhance the effectiveness of the project; (4) curricula and syllabi for vocational preparation and work adjustment courses were modified and approved; and (5) 21 students had been placed. Brochures and other program materials are included. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Palomar Coll., San Marcos, CA.