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Calaveras County Office of Education

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    What is WorkAbility I?

    WorkAbility I is a nationally recognized school-to-work program that provides comprehensive pre-employment training, employment placement and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work.

    The vision of the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division is that all individuals with disabilities will successfully participate in preparation for the workplace and independent living.

    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 adult life.

    WorkAbility I provides:

    • A cooperative approach to assist students entering the workforce
    • A coordinated program which integrates efforts of the local education agencies, the Employment Development Department, the Department of Rehabilitation, and community agencies.
    • An employment training program working to benefit students, employers, and the community at large.
    • A means for students with learning disabilities to complete their secondary education while also training in private sector jobs.
    • Screening of applicants.
    • Evaluation of student interests and abilities.
    • Placement assistance and follow-up.


    Jessica Tapia
    Vocational Technician
    Sites: Calaveras High School, Mountain Oaks, Sierra Hills Education Center, Calaveras River Academy, Gold Strike High School
    (209) 754-1811, extension 5271

    Jennifer Robinson
    Vocational Technician
    Sites: Bret Harte High School, Vallecito High School, John Vierra Independent Study High School
    (209) 736-8373