We work together with local school districts to customize vocational-career/transition services that meet the needs of each district and their students. Utilizing resources within school districts as well as facilitating the access to adult service agencies are crucial aspects of creating transition programs that work. Through collaborating with school administration and faculty we hope to give each student the best opportunity for a successful transition that not only links school to work, but students to careers.
Our customized services are created through a collaborative effort involving school administrators, faculty, and adult service agencies. The goal is to create services based on the needs of the school district and the needs of each individual student. Our service models are being utilized by school districts to help serve students who are in need of work experience in the community. The ultimate goal is to help students make a seamless transition from school to work by building skills necessary for entering the working world. We help them achieve this goal by linking students to community employers for hands-on learning through work-based learning experiences.
Our customized services focus on three key aspects of service delivery:
- Customized services using a menu approach
- Active employer participation
- Community-based work experience
Some of the services include:
- Career planning
- Employment preparation-how to complete job applications, mock interviews, resumes
- Functional work-based learning experiences
- Student portfolio development
- Direct job placement
Employer involvement is essential to the success of the students; therefore the employers themselves provide feedback that will assist students as they begin to identify their post-secondary employment goals and a plan to achieve those goals. In addition, Work Opportunities Unlimited is an adult service provider and therefore is a service option for those students qualifying for adult services.
For those individuals transitioning to adult services, Work Opportunities Unlimited provides the following services:
- Person-centered planning
- Job seeking skills training
- Job development
- Transportation coordination and training
- Job training and coaching
- Community supports