Community School to Work Transition Program

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Goodwill’s Community School to Work Transition Program

The Community School to Work Transition Program provides the opportunity for students with disabilities to participate in a variety of work-based learning experiences during the students’ regular school hours. The program allows students to safely explore the world of work and prepare for the future so they may have a successful school to work transition.

The program places the students in a variety of work-based learning locations through collaborations with local businesses. The locations where students are placed are based on their particular interests. The students train at a different site each semester so they can have many diverse job experiences. Examples of the work-based learning experiences sites include:

  • Food Lion
  • Home Depot
  • Macado’s
  • Roanoke College
  • Sam’s Club
  • The Glebe
  • TJ Maxx

Each month the students will also participate in a 5-day classroom session. The classroom sessions will focus on Workplace Readiness Training to help the students so they can develop social and independent living skills. The classroom topics will focus on:

  • Communication/Team Building
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Workplace Safety
  • Technology in the Workplace
  • Financial Literacy
  • Preparing for and Maintaining Employment

Each student will develop a portfolio that will contain certificates indicating the skills gained; sample resumes, cover letters, job applications, and thank-you letters; interest reports; vocational recommendations; as well as contact information for areas of vocational interest.

Eligibility for Enrollment

Students between the ages of 16 and 22 with a disability may be referred by his/her individual school division. Goodwill will work with the individual school division (Case Manager, Transition Coordinator) and parent(s) to ensure that the Community School to Work Transition Program provides the pre-employment transition services the student needs to successfully transition from high school to employment.

In order to be ready for employment, upon graduation from high school, students may also benefit from Pre-Employment Transition Services. The program will provide the opportunity for students to refine work habits, develop work readiness skills, and also receive individualized support for resume building and interviewing skills while obtaining valuable work experience within the local community. The five pre-employment transition services categories are:

  • Job Exploration Counseling
  • Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Counseling in Post-Secondary Education
  • Workplace Readiness Training
  • Instruction in Self-Advocacy

Community School to Work Transition is offered to individuals living in the Cities of Roanoke and Salem as well as the Counties of Roanoke, Franklin, and Botetourt.

For more information on Goodwill’s Community School to Work Transition Program, e-mail or call (540) 581.0620 option 2.