The Discover Employability program is a transitional program for students moving from high school to a post-secondary and/or workplace environment. Students explore a range of possible work areas and identify those that match their abilities and interest. Depending on their readiness, after completing this 8-month program they may go on to further skills training or be referred to a supported employment agency.
The program is designed for young adults with special learning needs. They are coached on the expectations of entry-level employment. Students are given an opportunity to build self awareness and self advocacy skills and work towards being more independent.
The DE program combines in-class instruction with practical work experience, emphasizing the skills required to be successful in employment situations. Students meet with faculty to discuss an individual work experience plan that best fits their needs. Personal goals will be set and monitored throughout the year.
The DE program is in session for eight months (two terms). The fall term includes one three week work experience block and twelve weeks of classroom instruction. During the spring term, there are two work experience blocks totalling nine weeks, and five weeks of classroom instruction.
Upon completion of the program, each student will meet individually with faculty to discuss their progress and to identify future plans and resources related to the students goals.
18 - 24 yrs