Employment Development Specialist
The mission of WorkAbility I is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong learning and quality of life.
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The California Department of Education completed a two – year study in 1981 that provided substantive information concerning the status of vocational programs for students with disabilities. Results of the study indicated that these students were not being adequately prepared for the labor market
WorkAbility I was initiated in November 1981 as a pilot project to test the concept of work experience for youth with disabilities.
WorkAbility I continues to successfully conduct interagency coordination of services which began with a September 1982 Employment Development Department, State Department of Rehabilitation and California Department of Education non-financial interagency agreement.
In July 1999, a Task Force of WorkAbility I practitioners was organized to align WorkAbility with state and federal transition initiatives for you and disabilities. As of August 2002, WorkAbility has funded high school and middle school programs.
Through a designation as one of the ten best transition programs of its type in the United State, WorkAbility 1 has received national recognition of its success in matching young adults with disabilities with employers who need workers.
Vision of WorkAbility I
The Vision of the California Department of Education, Special Education Division is to enable all individuals with disabilities to successfully participate in a program which will prepare them for the workplace and independent living.
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Students with Special Needs
www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/ – California Department of Education – Family Involvement & Partnerships – This page highlights the topics and links from other sections of the CDE Web site, which are of particular interest and will provide information, resources and support to parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities.
www.dds.ca.gov – Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Resources, including a directory of California Regional Centers, for services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities are found on this site.
www.nichcy.org/stateshe/ca.htm – Directory of National Information Sources on Disabilities – California State Resources – This Web site includes state agencies and organizations, disability-specific organizations, parent organizations, and other organizations providing information, referral, or direct services relating to disabilities.
www.rehab.cahwnet.gov/ – Resources from the California Department of Rehabilitation work in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders for services and advocacy for employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities on the Web site.
http://online.onetcenter.org – Occupational Information Network (O*NET), developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, is the main source of occupational information in the U.S.
www.cacareerzone.org/index.html – The California Career Zone is an interactive Web site designed with students in mind. It provides self assessment instruments, 15 industry sectors with 900 occupations and 300 career videos, a reality check section for financial calculations, a search option for finding your favorite career, and a variety of additional resources.
www.californiacareers.info – This site provides career information and resources, including self-assessment, for Californians.
www.Keirsey.com – The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II provides insight into your personality or temperament.
www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=GEDTS – The General Educational Development Testing Service Web site provides information about the test, how to take the test, and how to use test results for college applications.
Your Career Toolbox
http://get2work.borderlink.org/page.php?book=yp – An excellent site for information about putting together your personal portfolio.
http://jobstar.org/hidden/index.php – Job Star Central, a public library site, features the hidden job market of networking, help with resumes and cover letters.
www.worksmart.ca.gov/tips_resume.html – WorkSmart provides labor market information, tips for success, including the application, interview, and resume. Also available in Spanish.
The World of Work
http://jobstar.org/jobstar.php – JobStar provides local job openings, career assistance and information for San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas.
http://youngbiz.com/ – YoungBiz is a youth-oriented Web site with information on getting to work and on the job.
www.calbar.ca.gov – The State Bar of California Web site is the location for downloading the pamphlet When You Become 18, A Survival Guide for Teenager.
www.careerbuilder.com/ – An opportunity for you to post your resume and links to other job search tools are found on this Web site.
www.coolworks.com/ – Cool Works connects you information about thousands of summer jobs and seasonal jobs in cool places.
www.edd.ca.gov – This EDD Web site offers a variety of programs and services especially designed for youth to help them find jobs.
www.youngworkers.org – Young Workers’ Health and Safety Web site contains the basics about young worker health and safety for both teens and parents and has a downloadable fact sheet “Are You A Working Teen” in both English and Spanish.
Healthy Living and Effective Personal/Social Skills
www.americanheart.org – The American Heart Association offers practical advice on the roles of diet, exercise, and sleep.
www.cdc.gov – This U.S. government site hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has almost unlimited resources related to diseases and healthy living.
www.kidshealth.org/teen – Answers, advice, and information about physical and mental health, food and fitness, and drugs and alcohol are offered to teens and parents on this Web site.
www.moneyinstructor.com – This Web site provides materials on effective time management and work and business skills.
www.search-institute.org – This site sponsored by the Search Institute provides information on all aspects of the 40 Developmental Assets
www.csac.ca.gov – This is the official California Web site outlining the Cal Grant Programs available free of charge to you.
www.fafsa.ed.gov – This Web site will help you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It gives directions, deadlines, and discusses Federal student aid programs worth over $33 billion a year.
www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov – This online calculator will assist families in financial planning for federal student aid.
www.fastweb.com – Fastweb is the largest source of free scholarship assistance. Over 1.3 million scholarships are featured (worth over $3 billion). It is based on a questionnaire you fill out about yourself.
www.finaid.com – This is the most comprehensive “how to” site for getting financial assistance, including an Expected Family Contribution Calculator.
www.maldef.org – This is the official Web site for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and contains information about AB 540, immigration, citizenship, and voting rights.
College Affordability Guide – Colleges and Courses
www.campustours.com – This Web site provides links to hundreds of U.S. Colleges and Universities offering virtual tours, interactive campus maps, webcams, videos, campus pictures, general information, tuition costs, enrollment statistics, admission requirements, major fields of study, and sports.
www.collegeview.com – This site combines college searches and interactive presentations.
www.petersons.com – This site is a major point of departure to start your college search.
www.princetonreview.com – Much information is provided on this site about college searches and evaluation of colleges.
www.usnews.com – This site provides useful information including college rankings, searching for colleges, college majors, and college planning tools.
www.aiccu.edu – This Web site links you to all California independent colleges and universities.
www.assist.org – This interactive site provides course transfer information for students planning to transfer from a California community college to a UC or CSU.
www.cga.edu – This is the official Web site for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and outlines all admission requirements.
www.cccco.edu – This is the official Web site of the California Community College System. It offers links to all of the California Community Colleges.
www.csumentor.edu – This extensive online site offers assistance to students and their families about the California State University system, including the ability to apply online, and links to all CSU campuses.
www.cvc.edu – The California Virtual Campus offers extensive information about courses and programs that are available online at community college and public and private colleges and universities throughout California.
www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator – A U.S. Department of Education site on finding the “right college for you.”
www.onlinedegrees.com – A comprehensive Web site for college online programs.
www.universityofcalifornia.edu – This massive Web site offers information regarding admissions, online application, and links to all UC campuses.
www.usafa.af.mil – This is the official Web site for the U.S. Air Force Academy. It outlines all admission requirements.
www.usma.edu – On this site, all admission requirements for the United States Military Academy (West Point) are discussed.
www.usna.edu – This is the official Web site of the U.S. Naval Academy which outlines all admission requirements.
Post Secondary Options
www.bppve.ca.gov – This is the California government Web site which regulates private postsecondary and vocational education, provides tips to consumers and publishes a directory of the 1,800 schools which it regulates.
www.calapprenticeship.org – This site provides detailed information about apprenticeship programs in California. Many links to other apprenticeship sites are also provided.
www.ccc.ca.gov – This is the official Web site for the California Conservation Corps outlining the programs which are available.
www.todaysmilitary.com – This is the official Web site for careers in the U.S. Military. Numerous links to all military branches are included.
Hits on the WEB
www.act.org – The American College Testing Web site includes registration information, test prep tips, sample questions and score information.
www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct – This California State Department of Education Web site provides students with information about Career Technical Education.
www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/rp/ – This Web site provides the directory for all the Regional Occupational Centers and Programs in California, with links to local program offerings.
www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ae/is – Adult Education Students Succeed – This Web site provides information on adult schools and programs and the California Adult Education Students Succeed project.
www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/ – The California High School Exit Exam Web site gives information about the content of the exam and requirements for passing as a requirement for obtaining your high school diploma.
www.chspe.net/ – The California High School Proficiency Exam Web site describes the exam and specific test sections as well as eligibility requirements and options after passing the test.
www.collegeboard.com/testing – The College Board Tests Web site provides test information and links to register online for the SAT I, SAT II Subject Tests, and the PSAT/NMSQT.
www.uccp.org – This site is the UC Web site for college prep online.