i-Work - interest driven Transitional Work experiences

Purpose:

To prepare students for the transition from school to competitive employment and adult life with the skills they need to live as independently as possible as contributing members of their community.

The i-Work Program is designed to provide interest-driven, community-based work experiences for students. All company employed natural supports are CORI’d, understand the purpose of our program and have agreed to participate as mentors.

The vocational experiences are intended to help students:

·         Explore their vocational interests

·         Narrow their field of interest

·         Develop independent work skills

·         Develop specific job related skills

·         Begin to build a network

·         Build a resume

·         Collect work references

Students who attend academic and transitional classes will focus on connecting academic learning with employment and career readiness. In addition to academics aligned to the state curriculum standards, students will learn the skills needed to live and work independently.

Courses may include:

·         Travel training

·         Home management

·         Basic financial management

·         Self determination

·         Health and nutrition

·         Personal care

·         Social skill development/Social pragmatics

·         Problem solving/conflict resolution

·         MS Excel / Word / PowerPoint

·         Web 2.0