Is your child eligible for this newly available Juneau-based post-high school transition support?
PRE-ETS offers youth a plan for turning interests and skills into a plan for succeeding in life. It also links youth leaving high school to counselors & disability services available through DVR
SERRC’s Pre-Employment Transition Services (PRE-ETS) offer job exploration, workplace readiness and paid workplace-learning experiences to any Juneau youth who is:
- Currently enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12; and
- Experiences a disability; and
- Is eligible for, and receiving special education services through an IEP — OR, is a student with a 504 plan — OR, has been determined eligible to receive State of Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) services
With the support of a personal counselor (Transition Guide), PRE-ETS services to youth will include job exploration, workplace readiness and paid workplace-learning experiences.
SERRC offers enrolled youth a personal Transition Guide, who will assist students in mapping their education and career pathways.
- Developing an understanding of their interests, skills, workplace values and expectations
- Identifying career clusters likely to lead to jobs they will enjoy and have the aptitude to perform
- Visiting worksites from various career clusters in the Juneau community
- Exploring career options with panels of employers to discuss job skills and desired behaviors
- Visiting post-secondary options – UAS/UAS Technical Programs/Apprenticeship and Trade Union Representatives
- Developing a person-centered career and education plan.
Workplace Readiness Training
The Transition Guide will work individually and in group settings to assist youth in developing work-ready skills. The Guide may use role playing and peer learning strategies, employer panels, service learning or volunteerism. Activities will focus on development of soft skills used in the workplace including:
- Interpersonal and workplace communication
- Positive attitude
- Problem solving and critical thinking
- Working productively in a team
- Assisting customers and co-workers effectively
- Developing professionalism through positive work habits and workplace behaviors
- Self-Advocacy and Self-Disclosure
Work-Based Learning Experience
Youth will be placed in work experiences that match their individual interests and goals.
- The Transition Guide will work with students to determine work site matches that are well thought out and based on employer needs and youth’s interests and goals, as well as temperaments and experience levels.
- Work experiences will be provided in a safe, supervised, and real work setting providing young people with the opportunity to refine soft skills, test their capabilities, and cultivate their career interests and goals.
- Work experience outcomes can and have led to non-subsidized employment for youth. They also help youth obtain valuable references and skills for future employment applications.
- This final step of the project will pay students wages for 40 hours of work experience at Alaska’s minimum wage; therefore incentivizing them with a source of income and opportunity to gain work skills and possible employment through networks developed or connections made.
Tools for Parents
- Transition Resources (State of AK)
- National Parent Center on Transition and Employment (PACER) – interactive learning opportunities, a resource library, videos, and inspirational success stories, all presented in a parent-friendly way.
Services are funded by the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. SERRC is an approved Community Rehabilitation Provider.