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Pre-Employment Transition Services through NMDVR

In July of 2014 the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act took place.  The new act is now called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and includes many changes focused on students with disabilities.  Under the new Act the NMDVR program has added a new service category, Pre-Employment Transition Services.  Below is an explanation of the components with the Pre-employment Transition Services and how our agency may assist your efforts with students’ transition needs.

  1. Job Exploration Counseling: NMDVR will work with the school and student to assist in exploring the world of work and career choices.  This could include interest and ability surveys, reviewing career websites, job shadowing, mentoring at local businesses, high school-based courses on career choices and informational interviews.
     
  2. Work-based learning experiences: NMDVR can facilitate paid or non-paid work experiences in the community, help seek volunteer positions, short or long term internships, on-the-job training, apprenticeships and mentoring activities.  NMDVR may be able to provide stipends to students and cover expenses including transportation, meals and other costs to allow students to engage in these activities.
     
  3. Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in postsecondary education: For those students seeking further education, NMDVR can assist with exploring these options.  This could include exploration of career paths, referrals to campus resources (Career services, disability and academic support services), preparation for entrance testing, campus visits, review of entrance requirements, links to federal financial aid, the student assistance foundation, Employment Opportunity Centers and TRIO programs and college preparation camps (summer).
     
  4. Workplace readiness training: These services focus on preparing the student for the workplace.  Services may include soft-skill training, peer mentoring, independent living skills, accessing transportation services, customer service skills, job searching and interviewing.
     
  5. Instruction in self-advocacy: These services focus on helping students understand more about themselves and how to interact with the world.  Services could include courses taught by Independent Living Centers, peer mentoring, Disability Awareness Day, attendance at regional transition fairs or disability conferences, learning about assistive technology and accommodations in the workplace.