ERIC Number: ED420801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Transition Services. School-to-Work Outreach Project 1998 Exemplary Model/Practice/Strategy.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
The Transition Services program of the Onondaga-Dortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (New York) has been identified as an exemplary school-to-work program that includes students with disabilities. The program serves students aged 13-21, most with disabilities; the majority have mental retardation, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, and multiple disabilities. The program has been instrumental in reducing the dropout rate of at-risk students by increasing their awareness of opportunities available to them with training and a diploma. Students must be enrolled in an academic classroom and spend a half-day there and a half-day in the program. Transition Services is tailored to two age groups: students 13-15 participate in the prevocational training program; students 16-21 participate in onsite vocational training. During the intake interview, a vocational interest inventory and discussions with the student and teacher determine an appropriate job placement. A placement is developed based on interests, strengths, and availability of specific jobs. Ongoing evaluation leads to a variety of job experiences. Exemplary school-to-work components include the following: prevocational learning with hands-on training in various functional skill areas; community workplace experience/vocational exploration; and job coaching. Collaboration with local employers is an integral component of the program. (YLB)
Descriptors: College Students, Demonstration Programs, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Education Work Relationship, Emotional Disturbances, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, On the Job Training, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Potential Dropouts, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Vocational Education, 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.