WorkAbility III Program
Mission: To match students to jobs through educational planning and placement.
WorkAbility III (WAIII) is a cooperative partnership between Gavilan College
and the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DOR). The purpose of the WAIII
program at Gavilan College is to serve students who have an Individual Plan
for Employment and are from the DOR San Jose District. The specialized services
offered by WAIII are designed as pre-plan and in-plan services; they are not
offered elsewhere on campus. DOR Counselors will make referrals to the WAIII
program. The program provides job readiness training and job placement for
individuals who receive services from the DOR. We strive to provide opportunities
for students to reach for and obtain their highest occupational goals.
- Department of Rehabilitation Consumer
- At least 18 years old or older
WorkAbility III strives to bridge gaps by working with DOR, DOR students,
Disability Resource Center students, private and public employers and other
non-profit service providers. DOR offices from the San Jose District have opportunities
to utilze WAIII services for their clients. Occasionally, referrals may be
received from DOR offices in Salinas and Monterey. WorkAbility III develops
vocational plans to address the individual's skills, abilities and interests
while meeting the needs of local employers.
- Access to screened and qualified applicants
- On-the-job support to assist with training needs
- Follow-up support services
- Employer tax credits
Services to be provided include:
Upon receipt of written referral and medical documentation from DOR, WAIII
will provide students with vocational assessment / career exploration services.
Vocational assessments will assist students in understanding their own strengths
and weaknesses in order to make an informed choice about meaningful career
Employment Preparation Services
Individualized employment preparation is provided to each student. Guidance
530, Classroom Training in Job Readiness Skills, is offered to all students.
Goals and objectives for the course include exploration of skills and abilities,
interests, lab or market projections, and disability issues, as they relate
to career goal(s) for themselves and the steps they need to take in order
to accomplish their goals. Students will have the opportunity to meet with
the course instructor and DOR Counselor and be able to identify potential
occupational choices that can be used for individualized employment plan
Job Placement and Job Retention Services
The Job Developer will individualize the job search process and identify
appropriate employment opportunities based on the students strengths and needs.
These services may include assistance in preparing cover letters, tailored
resumes and interview strategies. Opportunities for internships, part-time
work or volunteer positions to increase work experience are also available.
Post Placement / Follow-Up Services
WAIII Vocational Specialist provides job-coaching services and assists students
until no intervention is necessary for the student to perform the job task
independently. The WAIII Vocational Specialist may also provide job retention
services for the students who are employed. The WAIII Vocational Specialist
will provide supervision and follow-up services for on-site training for
the student in each of the communities served.
WorkAbility III develops vocational plans to address the individual's skills,
abilities and interests while meeting the needs of local employers.
Job Resources for Students
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