School2Work

School2Work

School2Work is a unique and collaborative career development initiative that prepares Chittenden County high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for successful transitions to – and employment in – the competitive workplace.

Work addresses the disconnect between supports students have received in school and “adult services.” And it does so by preparing students for careers that are sustainable and serve the real needs of employers.

School2Work provides transitioning high school students with the foundation and  comprehensive tools to seek and attain employment prior to leaving high school.

Specific services are based on each student’s vocational interest and include an array of experiences in the business community. Our staff engages students, typically during junior year, and works with them to develop employment plans that consider:

  • Individual student career interests and skills
  • How to best incorporate career development directly into each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • The needs of employers for skilled workers

The Bridge Consortium

School2Work is being developed and enhanced as a working model with five area high schools:

  • Burlington H.S
  • Colchester H.S.
  • Mt. Mansfield Union H.S.
  • South Burlington H.S.
  • Winooski H.S.

School2Work benefits:

Students, who gain: an individualized transition plan that includes job readiness training to be part of the competitive workforce; work experience in “industries of choice,” and the social capital and quality of life built through sustainable employment;

Families, who learn about adult services and gain their own transition plan and support structure;

Schools, who can fully concentrate on their primary role – to educate the next generation;

Employers, who both inform CCS about, and – in some cases – help design training for, the skills needed for the next generation’s workforce, and who benefit from a previously untapped. but eager and skilled workforce;

Our community, which benefits whenever all its resources are recognized, valued, and energized to contribute.

Community Investment in School2Work

School2Work won $10,000 in the statewide “Build a Stronger Vermont” competition, coordinated by KeyBank, in 2013 that enabled the program to launch. Voters from around Vermont caught the excitement of the new initiative, and we have continued to earn support.

The project is funded by program fees from participating schools or individuals, and we’ve also received funds in part from The Gibney Family Foundation, United Way of Northwest Vermont, KeyBank Foundation, and Peoples United Community Foundation.

School2Work operations are also greatly enhanced by an ongoing partnership with the University of Vermont that brings UVM students to CCS for an academic year internship experience.

Want to participate or learn more?

Contact Ron Turner, School2Work Coordinator (802) 655-0511 x112

Email Ron

Thanks for investing!

Thanks to our Foundation and Corporate Partners for investing in School2Work:

 

United Way of Northwest VermontThe Gibney Family Foundationkeybank