For the 4th or 5th time this year I have run into an issue where a student is falling through the cracks of Work-Based Learing. Oregon offers two very specific Work-Based Learning options:
1 - School to Career / Youth Apprenticeship
2 - DVR Supported (or DVR Qualifying) Employement through our 18-21 year old program
The gap that has come up more this year than past are those juniors and seniors that have IEP's, have the goal of working, but don't qualify for DVR (because of diagnosis or because DVR is worried about 18 - 20 year olds and not 16 and 17 year olds) but need more support than School to Career / Youth Apprenticeship. Twice this year I have been asked to provide "Job Coaching" support on the jobsite for students (being asked this is a first for me).
How are other districts supporting students in this gap between DVR and YA?
Thank you, Greg
If a student has an IEP, they will automatically qualify for WIOA support. This does not provide for on site job coaching, but it does provide for a variety of other supports, including a "work experience" where the student is paid/insured by the workforce development board. In addition to our informal guidance and support, there are also formal evaluations built into that experience.