With final regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) released, transition counselors recnetly received the latest information on Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) through a series of trainings offered at five different locations throughout the state, said Rehabilitation Specialist III Karen Jenkins.
“We visited our offices and informed staff about the the five required activities for PETS: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs, workplace readiness training and instruction on self-advocacy,” she said.
One significant change to the WIOA regarding PETS is the ability to serve potentially eligible students with disabilities who are not yet VR consumers.
ADRS Rehabilitation Specialist Milton Moats developed a new pre-application in SMILE for counselors to use for students who are potentially eligible for services but not currently enrolled. As part of the training, Moats outlined full details on the form.
“This training was all about what VR is providing in the schools,” Jenkins said. “We have several new and exciting programs, like Smart Work Ethics, and we hope that this training provided some clarity regarding what is required under WIOA.”
PETS trainings were offered in Troy, Homewood, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery to all transition counselors statewide.