Work Experience Program

Work Experience Program (W.E.):

A performance based instruction and practice with goals and objectives to help the individuals become ready and experienced in the work force. The team will determine how often each student will go to work based on the  individual needs of the student.

Volunteering: provides students the opportunity to gain work skills while giving back to the community.

Vocational Training (max 120 hrs.): places the student in   various employment settings for work training which is closely   supervised by a job coach or a designated employee. The     purpose is to enable students to develop the competencies and behaviors needed to secure and maintain paid employment.

Vocational Assessment (max 90 hrs.): helps determine     training objectives for a student with a disability, while the student performs work assignments in a community business under the   direct supervision of a job coach. Data is collected concerning the student’s interests, aptitudes, needs, learning styles, work habits, behavior, personal and social skills, values and attitudes, and stamina.

Vocational Exploration (max 5 hrs.): (job shadowing) exposes students briefly to a variety of work settings to help them make decisions about future career directions or occupations. The exploration process involves investigating interests, strengths, and weaknesses in relation to the demands and other characteristics of work environments. Through vocational exploration, students gain information by watching work being performed, talking with employees, and sometimes trying out work tasks under direct supervision of HCPS personnel. Exploration enables students to make choices regarding career or occupational areas they wish to pursue.

Students Will:

  • Meet with the transitional resource teacher, the job coach, and the employer to become familiar with job site and expectations
  • Will practice with in-school jobs before going out to work if necessary
  • Follow specific tasks at work, come to work on time, come dressed appropriately with a good attitude, and call out ahead of time if the  student is not able to make it to work
  • Take HCPS to work site for unpaid jobs


Transitional Resource Teacher Will:

  • Conduct a screening for the Work Experience Program and determine with the IEP team if the student requires employment services
  • Job develop to determine which experience and location best fit the needs of the individual
  • Be a member of the IEP team in creating the IEP
  • Develop work goals, activities, schedules, and materials
  • Assemble parental information and permission forms, and send home permission slips and contracts for each work experience
  • Provide direction instruction to student on job coach on how to be successful at job site and observe to collect data on students  performance and give feedback to parents, educators, student, and service providers.

Parents/Guardians Will:

  • Sign permission slips sent home
  • Notify the transitional resource teacher about health, mobility, or other concerns related to work experiences.
  • Communicate questions or comments to the teacher and add learned tasks to students’ daily routine







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