Array of Services

WorkAbility I Array of Services

Understanding the WorkAbility I Array of Services (Approved 9/19/18)

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Understanding the WorkAbility I Array of Services

Welcome to WorkAbility I (WAI)! Use this guide to help you better understand definitions within the Array of Services to meet WAI grant requirements. Everything in colored text will hyperlink you to the corresponding section of the array on WorkAbilityCentral! You must have a WorkAbilityCentral account to access these hyperlinks.  If you do not have a WorkAbilityCentral account, please CLICK HERE to request an account.   Of these, at least one must be directly provided by WAI or documentation must exist of WAI’s role in the indirect provision of the service

I.      School-Based Preparatory Experiences:

WAI-served students must be provided a career/vocational assessment and employment/post-secondary education planning from the School-Based Preparatory  Experiences. School-based preparatory experiences are elements commonly part of the school curriculum and/or educational delivery system.  Both items 1 and 2 (red) are required in order for a student to be “served”.

  1. Career/Vocational Assessments (MS/HS): Provide career and transition assessments to help students identify their school and post-school career interests and goals. May include formal and informal assessments including authentic assessments.

  2. Employment and Post-Secondary Education Planning (HS) & Career and Secondary Education Planning (MS): Assist students to understand the career decision-making process that culminates with their personal career and educational plan and provision of transition-related guidance including exploration of post-secondary options. Use student interests and measurable post-secondary goals to develop courses.

  3. Curriculum Integration of Work-Readiness Skills/Contextual Learning (HS/MS): Students are exposed to Common Core college and career readiness standards while reinforcing career development and work-readiness/soft skills.

  4. Career & Vocational Education (HS): Students complete general education CTE classes, Pathways and elective classes in course of study that provides an introduction to job skills and technical training, and prepares students for post-secondary outcomes.

II. Career Preparation and Work-Based Learning Experiences (MS/HS):

Activities, learning experiences or strategies to increase career awareness, provide students with work-readiness skills, connect the classroom to work and engage in work-based learning experiences.  A student must receive at least one of the following services to qualify as served by WAI.  A student must participate in employment to qualify as placed.

  1. Career Awareness/Exploration Activities (MS/HS):  Provide opportunities to engage in activities that increase knowledge of career options and enhance informed decision making (e.g., career fairs, tours, job shadowing and use of technology to explore choices).

  2. Career Preparation/Job Search (MS/HS): Improve job readiness–basic job skills (soft skills, 21st Century Skills, SCANS skills). Provide training on how to seek and obtain CIE, teach students to develop applications, interview, create and update resumes, maintain a portfolio, use labor market information. Provide training to utilize social media responsibly to search and apply for employment opportunities. Resources: (O’NET, My Next Move, Occupational Outlook Handbook).

  3. Work-Based Learning (HS): Includes participation in classroom and community based experiences that develop knowledge and job skills through internships, service learning, and workplace mentoring experiences. Students may earn entry job certifications/permits (e.g., food handler’s permit, forklift operations permit) preparing them for CIE.

  4. Job Development (HS): Establish training and/or employment opportunities for students. Requires the development of training plans with the work site supervisor.

  5. Employment/Work Experience (HS): Assist the student to obtain subsidized and/or non-subsidized work, and on-the-job training experiences that link to school credit.

  6. Job Retention (HS): Provide training on maintaining, upgrading, and leaving employment.

  7. Work-Site Mentor/Supervisor (HS): Identify and train another employee who could be a natural support at the student’s work-site.

  8. Job Coach (HS): Support and assistance either on or off the job. Example, teaching or support job tasks.

  9. Work-Site Follow-Along/ Employer Communication (HS): Establish routine contact with employer to evaluate, troubleshoot and coach student and monitor work training plan.

III.  Youth Development and Leadership (MS/HS):

Engage youth in the process of developing self--advocacy and self-determination skills that apply to the classroom and the community.

Collaboration (MS/HS): Link students with community agencies that provide support for transition after they leave high school; Engage business partners to advise and support work-based learning opportunities that lead to career readiness. A student must receive at least one of the following services to qualify as served by WAI.

  1. Self-Advocacy/Disability Awareness (MS/HS): Provide training and encourage students to find, formally request and secure appropriate supports and reasonable accommodations in education, training and employment settings. Resource: Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

  2. Youth Leadership (MS/HS): Provide training in self advocacy and conflict resolution. Present students opportunities to develop and demonstrate team and leadership skills.

  3. Destination/Transportation Training (MS/HS): Provide training to use transportation resources, and support student independence (including use of public transportation and/or obtaining driver’s license).

  4. Life Skills/Independent Living (MS/HS): Provide training in the use of community resources, domestic skills, money management, finding and maintaining housing, identification of post-school support. May include benefits planning.

  5. Family Participation and Support of Transition (MS/HS): Involve, train parents/family and supportive adults to support and mentor youth as they transition. Includes knowledge of disabilities, accommodations, rights and access to programs and services.

  6. Partnership and Collaboration (MS/HS): Engage business partners and post-school support agencies in local/regional communities of practice to advise, share expertise and resources and offer opportunities to students. Connect students to America’s Job Center.

Array of Services - General Resources

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Array of Services Powerpoint presentation from the 2015 Fall Business Meeting  13052k v. 1 Oct 22, 2015, 3:38 PM Sandra Roberts

Research program serving SSI recipients aged 14-16. The program goal is improved educational and employment outcomes.  Dec 12, 2014, 10:27 AM
Middle School Transition: Instructional Program and Portfolio Planning Guide   Mar 20, 2015, 7:14 PM Tedra Trimm

Great resource for students to connect with local businesses  Dec 12, 2014, 10:32 AM Rexanne Mummert
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Student Identifying Information Sheet. Submitted by Kelley Krout CNUSD.  75k v. 1 Mar 20, 2015, 7:11 PM Tedra Trimm
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SOS (Serving Our Students) presentation by the WA1, Region 5 Mentoring Committee. This presentation was created to address several areas in the array of services.   7566k v. 1 May 8, 2013, 2:08 PM Tedra Trimm
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This booklet will give you information, ideas and questions to inspire and guide you.You will be encouraged to identify your unique interests, skills and talents and match them with exciting and evolving career opportunities. You will be challenged to develop your people skills — to listen with heart, to look on the brighter side and to figure out not only what you want to get from life but what you have to give.  Mar 20, 2015, 7:09 PM Tedra Trimm

This booklet will help students develop their critical thinking/questioning skills as they prepare for life beyond high school. Filled with relevant information and data, and designed for today’s visual learners, this engaging booklet invites teens to think and take positive action steps as they embark on their college/career journey.  Mar 20, 2015, 7:09 PM Tedra Trimm