Adult Career Transition Programs
Career Education/Work Experience (CEWE) is a Related Service available to CNUSD high school students who have an Individual Education Program (IEP). As a participant in specially designed career education and work experience, the student will have the opportunity to develop job skills leading to future employment. Consideration for CEWE is initiated by teachers and/or parents who suspect that selected students are unable to benefit from general education vocational options even with program modifications. An individual vocational assessment report is discussed at the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), and a decision regarding provision of services is made by the IEP team. Students who qualify for CEWE are 14-22 years old and may or may not be credit deficient or diploma bound. They should be available 2-4 hours per day for vocational training and demonstrate a positive attitude, good attendance, and appropriate behavior and dress. Our services are delivered by the Career Transition Specialist (CTS) and support staff.
- Pre-Employment Skills: Provide materials and support to the classroom teacher to incorporate functional career education into the curriculum
- Assessment: Perform situational assessment of relevant skills, career interest surveys, and performance evaluations.
- Mobility Training: Teach students to access public transportation to increase training and employment opportunities. Focus is on routes to Regional Occupation Program (ROP) courses, off-campus job sites, and outside agencies.
- Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program: Provide a work-based learning paid internship to develop employment skills. Support students’ efforts to increase basic literacy skills.
- WorkAbility I: A state grant program designed to promote career awareness and exploration while students complete their secondary education. Most students with IEP's in the 8th grade up to the age of 22 (if no diploma has been obtained prior), at each of the secondary schools are provided with opportunities, lessons, and strategies through integration of work readiness skills, and career/vocational assessments that may lead to gainful employment. Up to 92 eligible students will receive an average of 48 hours of paid job training experience.
- Vocational Training: Includes on-campus technical/career related electives, work experience, ROP courses, and on or off-campus work opportunities. Students learn specific job skills and earn elective course credit. All training placements include supervision and support.
- Work Experience Course Credit: Help employed students maintain their jobs and earn course credit. One hour per week of related assignments is provided.
- Agency Connections: Facilitate access to Regional Center, Department of Rehabilitation and other resources.
- Transitional Partnership Program (TPP): Assists senior students to apply to Department of Rehabilitation. Provide weekly work readiness lessons, arrange interviews and provide job developing services. Students accepted to TPP desire part-time or full-time competitive employment.
Adult Community Transition Programs
The Adult Community Transition (ACT) Program is a community-based, functional instructional program that leads students from high school to post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), adult services, independent living and community participation. ACT is designed for the student who has graduated from high school with a Certificate of Completion after participating in a functional academic and vocational program. ACT Programs are located in storefronts, college campuses and other age-appropriate places. ACT provides students with a natural transition to adult life.
Students with disabilities, ages 18-22, may participate in ACT if they have successfully participated in a functional academic and vocational program at the high school level. Placement is made after an IEP determines eligibility, and a change of placement IEP is written. Students have the option of receiving transition services on their high school campus or by entering the ACT, off-campus community-based program.
The goal of the CNUSD ACT Program is to enable the student identified as an individual with exceptional needs to improve his/her ability in all areas so that he/she may function as independently as possible at home, in school, in the community, and in the vocational setting.
Services available include the following:
· Supervision and services provided by CNUSD.
· A natural transition for students as they leave high school with their same age peers
· A student-focused individualized transition plan
· An emphasis on pedestrian safety, daily living and social/recreational skills, decision making, and occupational guidance and preparation
· Mobility training to access public transportation
· A variety of community activities including recreational and leisure activities
· Collaboration with Regional Occupational Programs (ROP), community colleges and other community programs
· Coordination with Inland Regional Center and the Department of Rehabilitation to provide a student-focused and seamless transition from public school to adult life