Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)
A new statewide program will expand services to students with disabilities beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
The program was made possible through legislative changes to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) which develops new and expands innovative strategies and programs to provide transition services, including Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS), for students ages 14-21 with disabilities. Students receiving mental health and 504 services are also eligible to participate in the Pre-Employment Transition Service program.
The Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) program will offer work-related supports to students receiving Special Education and 504 services in Warren County School District by providing access to more resources that can improve post-high school outcomes for students with disabilities. PETS will focus on providing hands-on supports by working directly with students, families and schools. These services include job shadowing, mock interviews and counseling designed to help create a smooth transition into the workforce. The Warren County School District has partnered with Bollinger Enterprises, Inc. (Bei) to offer students with disabilities with instruction and training during the school day in the following areas:
- Soft Skills
- Independent Living Skills
- Job exploration
- Workplace readiness
- Self-Advocacy and Peer Mentoring
Individual instruction can also be provided to support job shadowing and work-based learning experiences.
The Warren County School District, in collaboration with Bollinger Enterprise, Inc and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, is working with youth identified with disabilities in a hands-on fashion and connecting them with individualized transition services.
For more information regarding PETS, please contact the Dr. Patricia Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. William Clark at email@example.com