Work Experience Program
Northwest Tech Center Transition Services: Work Experience Program
VECTOR/InVEST/Venture North Transition Work Experience Program offers career and work skill training opportunities and evaluations at a variety of community businesses. In addition to community based employment opportunities, comprehensive integrated supports help students explore career options. The Transition Programs at Northwest Tech Center will collaborate with agencies such as Vocational Rehabilitation Services, county socials services and post-school adult agency service providers as students transition from our program.
Community Based Work Experience Training Opportunities
The students may be involved in one of the four following work opportunities:
Students explore jobs in the community at various sites from one to three hours per day, for a minimum of one quarter during the school year. They are directly supervised by a job coach and receive a work incentive from school. This opportunity gives students initial exposure to work in the community and allows for exploration in several career areas.
Supervised Competitive Employment
Work teams consisting of three-four students are employed two to three hours per day and are fully supervised by qualified job coaches. Employees receive minimum wage or higher.
Students participate in an internship experience in the community with initial training only, from school staff. It is a short-term experience related to a career area of interest. The student is not an employee of the company but may receive a work incentive from school.
Independent Competitive Employment
Community-based employment may include individual initial training by a program staff, if needed, and/or by employer as well as monitoring by a Work Experience Coordinator. Employees receive minimum wage or higher.