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March 4-5, 2019
Tools for Life
June 1 - July 14, 2019
IESDB Work Camp & Paid Work Exp.
June 24-29, 2019
ISU Academy NexT (New and exciting Transitions) [Section 1]
June 10-14, 2019
June 16-21, 2019
Boise State University
June 16-21, 2019
July 29 - August 02, 2019
ISU Academy NexT (New and exciting Transitions) [Section 2]
Vandal Summer Academy
Flexible Summer Dates
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Paid Summer Work Exp.
Pre-Employment Transition Services:
Pre-employment transition services provide opportunities for students with disabilities to learn
through work and education. To receive more information about how to access Pre-Employment
Transition Services, please contact the VR office in your region.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to find good job. In 2014 the changes to WIOA set Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) on a new path. One of these changes requires VR agencies to provide "Pre-Employment Transition Services" to "Students with Disabilities." Pre-Employment Transition Services are services that VR and schools work together to provide.
Pre-employment Transition Services include:
• Job exploration counseling – the process that will help you to discover your interests and
abilities and the world of work to help you make career and educational decisions. Work with
a VR Counselor to investigate careers, and/or work with an employer to mentor you on
• Work based learning opportunities – the opportunity to gain work experience though paid or
unpaid work in a community based setting.
• Counseling on post-secondary educational opportunities – the process of researching what
post-secondary education is needed for specific careers and determining which institutions
offer the programs you need to further your education.
• Workplace readiness training – services that will help you to learn the skills that you will
need to be successful at work. This may include instruction in soft skills, communication,
and/or independent living skills.
• Instruction in self-advocacy – the process of learning how to make informed decisions on
your future and explain to other what you need to be successful on a job or in school.
Student with a disability is an individual in a secondary, postsecondary, or other recognized education program who:
• Is a student aged 15-21,
• Is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under part B of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and/or
• Is an individual with a disability, for purposes of section 504.
Success Stories: More Success Stories
Story by Lausen Libbers
January 12th, 2017
As a sophomore in high school, Lausen Libbers tried hard to find a job... but no one would hire him.
“For all those applications I turned in the closest I came was one interview, but they didn’t hire me because I’d never worked before”.
After enrolling with Vocational Rehabilitation, Lausen became enthusiastic about the possibility of getting some paid work experience during his upcoming summer. Vocational Rehabilitation worked with a local resource provider who found a restaurant that allowed Lausen to work there for several weeks.
“That changed everything for me. I went from no job to being able to get a job after that because I could put down something on my application.”
Lausen went from his restaurant learning experience straight to a blueberry farm last summer. This fall as a junior he obtained a job at a natural food store on his own where he now works on weekends. He is looking forward to this upcoming summer before he starts his senior year because now that he is eighteen, Voc Rehab can help him with a work based learning opportunity in a welding setting which is where he would like to work after graduation. Getting some basic exposure to the welding environment will help him decide whether that is truly the career for which he would like to train.
Tools & Links:
• Idaho Resources
High School students planning
• Job Exploration
Find the right career match
• Work Based Learning
• Post-secondary Websites
• Work Readiness Training
Prepare for life as a workforce adult
• Self-Advocacy Websites
Advocate for college & career needs. Tools & Links