ERIC Number: ED420800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Post Secondary Program School-to-Work Transition Activity. School-to-Work Outreach Project 1998 Exemplary Model/Practice/Strategy.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
The Postsecondary Program School-to-Work Transition Activity in Carroll County Public Schools (Maryland) has been identified as an exemplary school-to-work program that includes students with disabilities. This program serves 25 students aged 17-21 with disabilities in a noncategorical setting with a large majority of students having significant disabilities or mental retardation. Students who have completed a secondary special education program, participated in graduation ceremonies, and are eligible for a certificate of attendance or diploma can apply for entrance into the program. Class instruction consists of the following: social skills training, employment searching, skills for maintaining a job, appropriate peer interactions on the job, computer keyboarding, life fitness, and residential living skills. The job experience is built in as a half or full day depending on the student's needs and aptitude. Students work 5 afternoons and attend classes in the morning. Typically, they are in the program 1-2 years; during the final year, they work full time. The program has the three basic elements of school-to-work: school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities. Both job shadowing and job coaching are provided. Connecting activities are collaboration between the school, community businesses, and service providers and residential experience. (YLB)
Descriptors: Autism, Behavior Disorders, College Students, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Emotional Disturbances, High Schools, Language Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Partnerships in Education, Physical Disabilities, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Severe Disabilities, Speech Impairments, Work Experience, Work Experience Programs
School-to-Work Outreach Project, Institute on Community Integration (UAP), University of Minnesota, 111 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.