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