Through a grant provided by the California Department of Education's Special Education Division, Via Center's Workability program provides transition-based instruction to high school students. The goal of the Workability program is to assist students with: self-advocacy, pre-employment skills, vocational training, placement in unsubsidized employment, and transition to a quality adult life.
- The process for recruitment into Via Center's Workability program includes the IEP team and is further developed as part of each students Individualized Transition Plan (ITP).
- The Workability Director works in partnership with parents, teachers, Regional Center of the East Bay, and job coaches to search for vocational activities that match with student's vocational interests. Students within the Workability program develop pre-employment skills through classroom-based activities, school chores and community volunteering.
- Students that have successfully participated in pre-employment training are then referred to off-campus placement and have the ability to earn hourly wages. Career counseling, mock interviews, career interest inventories/assessments and resume building further assist in preparing students for work experience post transition.
Via Center is proud to have partnered with: Youth Spirits Artwork, Waterside Workshop, Meals on Wheels, and Forthrite Printing as community partners providing on the job-training.