School to Work Transition

Eligibility for Enrollment

Goodwill’s School to Work Transition program allows high school students, between the ages of 16 and 22 with a disability, to safely explore the work world and prepare for the future during the students’ regular school hours. Students are referred by school administration and teachers. School staff, parents, and Goodwill work together to ensure that the program is the best option for the student given their skill level and capabilities.

Program Specifics

Students that participate in the program receive individual assistance in developing job and social skills needed for successful transition in other workplace. Goodwill transition specialists provide: job coaching, evaluation of job performance, job site plans with individual goals, and life skills training including proper attire/hygiene, attendance, and accountability.

To meet the needs of all students enrolled in the School to Work program, Goodwill offers both Community and Center Based employment opportunities. Through evaluations and recommendations from the student’s teachers, Goodwill determines the program best suited to the student’s capabilities.

Funding for students enrolled in the School to Work program comes from the student’s home school system.

Community Based School to Work

The Community Based program places students in competitive work in a variety of settings. Work sites are developed by Goodwill with the cooperation of local businesses. Students are placed in jobs compatible with their capabilities and interests. Students train at different job sites each semester to afford them as many diverse job experiences as possible. Job sites include:

  • Home Depot
  • Sam’s Club
  • TJ Maxx
  • Marshalls
  • VA Veterans Care Center
  • Food Lion
  • Macado’s

Center Based School to Work

The Center Based program is offered in the Goodwill Work Center for students not yet ready to work in the community. Students benefit from vocational training and work readiness classes to assist in the transition to the workforce. Goodwill job coaches supervise student’s progress in performing such jobs as:

  • Sorting
  • Packaging
  • Assembling
  • Inspecting
  • Collating
  • Quality control

School to Work is offered to individuals living in the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, and Counties of Roanoke, Franklin, Botetourt, and Amherst.

For more information on Goodwill’s School to Work Transition Program, e-mail or call (540) 581.0620 option 6.