The Lake County Transition To Work programs have been established to provide vocational training for students with multiple disabilities. Through these programs, students will have opportunities to learn job-related skills and practice them at community training sites. The programs are at two satellite centers: Lake Hospital West and Washington School in Eastlake. The goal of the program is to provide transition to adult services, graduation from high school and competitive, supported or sheltered employment.
Transition To Work Highlights
- Specialized vocational training
- Vocational evaluation/career assessment
- Learn job-related skills
- Practice at community training sites
- Access to job placement services
- Transition to adult service
- Graduate from home school district
SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT TRAINING
- Half and full day programs for 14-22 year olds who require support in developing work skills, work behaviors and self-help skills
- Incorporates three distinct components for acquiring the skills necessary to be independent, contributing members of society
Community Living Skills component is designed to teach students a variety of daily living, leisure and social skills that are necessary to function more independently in home and community environments. It helps students to develop positive attitudes toward task completion, pride in accomplishments and increased self worth.
Supported Employment Training component provides students with vocational training in a simulated work environment. Students are taught personal and social employability skills that are essential for obtaining employment and achieving success in a working environment
Community Internship component provides students with continued career exploration and on-the-job training after a functional assessment of the student’s interests and abilities. These experiences help them develop new work skills and reinforce personal and social employability skills. They engage in a continuum ranging from volunteering to working for pay.
COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT TRAINING
- Full day program for 18-22 year olds
- Provides career exploration and job training in the community
- Begins the transition of students from school to work
While each day begins at Lake West Hospital, students spend the majority of the school day at community experience sites such as Lake Farmpark and Lakeland Community College.
Students receive training in grocery shopping, preparing simple meals, housekeeping skills, telephone skills, and personal grooming, as well as practice to maintain basic academics (money skills, math, and reading). Students learn and experience Laketran's regular route buses as well as the Dial-A-Ride buses.