Calaveras County Office of Education

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    Mission of WAI

    The mission of WAI is to proote the involvement of key stake holders inclduing students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of sercies that will culminate in successful student transition to competitice, integrated employment (CIE), lifelong leraning and quality of life.

    The WAI program is funded and administered by teh CDE. The WAI program provides comprehensive pre-employment skills training, employment placement and follou-up for high school students in special education who are making teh transition from school to work, independent living and postsecondary education or training. Program services are appropriate to individual student needs, abilities, and interests.

    The WAI program offers students with an Indivdualized EDucation Program (IEP) the opportunity to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills. WAI provides secondary students with an understanding of job seeking and job keeping skills. The employability of students improves through occupational class training and on-the-job subsidized or unsbusidized work experieince.

    The WAI program seeks employers in the business community who will give students with special needs a chance to prove themselves in a competitive integrated employment setting. Local program sites successfully coordinate state and local service providers to offer comprehensive services tailored to local economic, social andgeographic needs and abilities.

    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