Pre-Employment Transition Services

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Goodwill’s Pre-Employment Transition Services

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is partnering with The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students, age 14 to 21, who are blind, vision impaired, or deafblind. DBVI and Goodwill are committed to informing these students about unique employment transition service opportunities available. Goodwill offers two Pre-ETS programs options for the students.

Group Program Option

The Community School to Work Transition Program is a group program that allows students with a disability to safely explore the world of work and prepare for the future during the students’ regular school hours. The program places students in a variety of work-based learning experiences. The sites are developed by Goodwill in cooperation with local businesses. Students are placed within businesses that are compatible with their capabilities as well as their interests. Students train at sites each semester so they may have as many diverse job experiences as possible. Examples of community work-based learning experience locations include:

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

Students also participate in a 5-day classroom session each month. The classroom sessions will focus on Workplace Readiness Training to assist the students in the development of social and independent living skills. The classroom topics will focus on: Communication and Team Building, Self-Advocacy, Workplace Safety, Technology in the Workplace, Financial Literacy, and Preparing for and Maintaining Employment. The students will develop a portfolio that will contain certificates indicating skills gained; sample resumes, cover letters, applications, and thank you; interest reports; vocational recommendations; and contact information for areas of vocational interest.

Individualized Program Option

Students may also choose an individualized Pre-ETS program approach that will allow for more customized training. The goal is to develop unique programs for each student focusing on:

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

Goodwill’s Pre-Employment Transition Services will provide a highly individualized program to prepare each student for the transition into competitive employment in an integrated setting.

Pre-Employment Transition Services are available to individuals living in the Cities of Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Salem and Counties of Roanoke, Franklin, and Botetourt.

For more information on Goodwill’s Pre-Employment Transition Services, e-mail or call (540) 581.0620 option 2.