Michael Laharty, Vocational Specialist
WorkAbility is a nationally recognized "school-to-world" program that provides middle and high school students in special education with coaching in pre-employment skills—such as mock interviews, résumé preparation, and confidence training before entering the workplace. Staff also plan an annual transition fair where students can learn from outside organizations about opportunities available to them once they leave high school.
Based at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School campus, Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
WorkAbility/Transition Partnership Program (TPP)/Secondary Transition staff members serve SCOE students at North Area Community School, Palmiter
Jr./Sr. High School, Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School, and the Boys & Girls Club LINKS Academy. The program also serves students who have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) at schools throughout the county.
Funded by the California Department of Education/Special Education Division, the statewide
WorkAbility I program started as a pilot project to test the concept of work experience for youth with disabilities. Additional funding, designated as TPP (Transitional Partnership Program), comes from the California State Department of Rehabilitation.
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