The Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Program

“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?”

That’s a question all of our children hear at graduation time.  Most are able to tell you which college they’re planning to attend. Others know when and where they’ll start their first full-time job.

But, if you are a teenager with disabilities, there are frequently no easy answers to this seemingly simple question about post-high school activities.

Now, with assistance from Cape Abilities, students with disabilities have the opportunity to create a plan for their future and make those exciting decisions about their career path.

Cape Abilities’ Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) program provides education and  training in the areas of Job Exploration, Workplace Readiness, Work Based Learning Experience, Self-Advocacy and Post-Secondary Education to students with disabilities from age 14-21 (up to their 22nd birthday).

In order to pave the way for employment and to be more marketable in the competitive workforce, the Pre-ETS program provides opportunities for students to refine their work habits and job readiness skills, receive individualized support on resume building and interviewing approaches and also obtain valuable work experience with community businesses.

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Although our Cape Abilities program offices closed at the outset of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis,  critical day programs like Pre-ETS continue to provide much-needed services through new and adaptive service delivery models.  By utilizing online communication applications like ZOOM, the Pre-ETS program has be able to utilize effective resource applications like Virtual Job Shadow for Workplace Readiness and Job Exploration and reach out to our students to help them continue to reach the goals they established prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Virtual Job Shadow application allows us to not only take advantage of built-in materials and lessons, but provides us the ability to quickly and easily add our own lessons that are tailored to each of our students’ personal interests.  Currently, the Pre-ETS program is servicing twenty students through our online training model, and their reaction to these learning activities has exceeded expectations.  While it can be a challenge to coordinate ‘classrooms’ via ZOOM,  our program participants are creating engaging and enriching opportunities to build profiles of interest that allow online trainers like Virtual Job Shadow to focus solely on those goals.

 

 

Little has changed from our pre-COVID-19 programming plans; we are continuing to build and utilize lessons on Work Readiness skills involving applications, job searches, resumes, interviewing, social skills, dressing, hygiene, and Self-Advocacy.  In addition, our Pre-ETS program instructors continue to look for ways to increase and improve this new, online experience by working and collaborating with other agencies facing similar challenges.  Regular ZOOM meetings have been known to contain up to 20 instructors and educators from at least 10 different agencies; we also had a guest speaker from an agency in Maine who provided web-based learning to her students long before the current coronavirus crisis arrived.

Through the support of so many, we are grateful that Cape Abilities can continue to provide exceptional programs like Pre-ETS in such a unique and effective online service model.  We welcome your input and invite you to please reach out to Pre-ETS Manager, Andy Needel, with any questions.

For complete program information, please contact:

Andy Needel, Pre-ETS Manager
895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis Ma 02601
Phone: (774) 487-6174; 
aneedel@capeabilities.org

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These guidelines are subject to change based on contractual modifications from the funding source (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission)
or the needs of the program and/or the host site.