Why do special education students need workplace readiness skills?

Compared to their non-disabled peers, students with disabilities are more likely to experience unemployment or underemployment, lower pay, and job dissatisfaction (Dunn, 1996). Many students with disabilities—as well as those with chronic achievement problems—drop out of high school before graduating, which leaves them even more unprepared for and less likely to obtain a job. Due to these facts, it is critical that students not only get the necessary assessments to determine their areas of need with regard to transition but also have a course of study determined regarding what type of instruction or classes students need in order to be successful in their post-secondary goals.

What are Work Readiness Skills?

  • Exhibiting Appropriate Work Habits and Behavior
  • Securing and Maintaining Employment
  • Obtaining Specific Occupational Skills
  • Good Interpersonal Skills
  • Achieving Independence

Workplace Skills Services

National Work Readiness Certificate Preparation – The WRC is a certification of an individual’s readiness for entry-level work as defined by employers. It is the first assessment for entry-level workers that provides a universal, transferable, national standard for work readiness. The Work Readiness Credential can serve as the first step to help individuals entering the job market to successfully obtain entry-level jobs. Upon entry, individuals can increasingly attain skilled occupational certifications for satisfying careers that pay well enough to support a family and that promote opportunities for future growth and development.

Internship/Job Shadowing – This program is based on the skills determined by the Department of Labor (DOL) for success in the workplace. Students complete assessments and classroom work for skill building in order to ensure that they have the basic skills to be successful. Once students have proven that they have classroom knowledge of the necessary skills, they participate in an internship experience for at least four weeks, working with a job coach to practice and build these skills in a real work situation. Students who are unable to meet the attendance requirements for this program are not placed in an internship.

Intensive Career Exploration/Employment Readiness Program – This intensive, accelerated Employment Readiness Program helps students move through the career exploration activities needed to choose a career path, to acquire the skills to complete a job search, to learn the social skills to successfully interview for and obtain a job, and to become proficient in the skills needed to succeed in a work setting. This program helps students understand the expectations of choosing a career, getting a job, and keeping that job!

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Employment Readiness Skills

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