School to Work

School to Work

School to Work

Coarc’s School to Work program partners with local school districts to assist high school students with disabilities in exploring career options and learning work readiness skills through internships in the community. The program is available to students who are 14 to 21 years of age and enrolled in a participating high school

The School to Work program follows a person-centered model, identifying students’ career interests and skills and using job placement and training to expand their abilities. Each consecutive school year job placement is reassessed, employing a funnel approach to assist the student with choosing a career path and developing the skills and work habits necessary for adult employment in this area. Yearlong placements allow students to experience the continuity and responsibility of having a permanent job while a variety of worksites throughout the week offers experience with different employers and management styles. Worksites include a variety of positions from working in a grocery store to working at a local historical site.

1:1 on-the-job training and support from a professional job coach ensures that each student has the opportunity to learn the responsibilities of maintaining a job and gain insight into career options all while in a supportive environment. Job coaches focus on strengthening the various skills necessary to complete the tasks required at specific placement sites as well as the soft skills that are essential to any occupation. Monthly reports keep families and teachers informed of the student’s progress. Job coaches begin to fade when a student shows proficiency at a job site, spending less and less time with the student during each work shift, thereby increasing the student’s independence.

Funding and transportation for the School to Work program is provided by the school district. Internships take place during school hours and follow the school calendar, with a six week summer program available. Students are placed in internships that meet the identified vocational needs and measurable postsecondary goals addressed in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Internships also comply with the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards, allowing participating students to work on their Universal Foundation Skills (Standard 3A) while receiving credit toward the Work Based Learning portion of the CDOS commencement credential. Employability profiles will also be provided for participating students.

Funding and transportation for the School to Work program is provided by the school district. Internships take place during school hours and follow the school calendar, with a six week summer program available. Students are placed in internships that meet the identified vocational needs and measurable postsecondary goals addressed in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Internships also comply with the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards, allowing participating students to work on their Universal Foundation Skills (Standard 3A) while receiving credit toward the Work Based Learning portion of the CDOS commencement credential. Employability profiles will also be provided for participating students.

For further information please contact Chris Nardone at: christophern@coarc.org or (518)672-4452, ext. 2077.