VR sponsors summer transition programs around the state

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and its partners have had a busy summer conducting transition programs at colleges throughout the state to help students prepare for life after high school. These programs have provided hands-on lessons designed to develop and improve independent living skills for people with disabilities. The agenda differed from school toContinue reading “VR sponsors summer transition programs around the state”

VRS summer programs teach students skills for college, work life (photo gallery)

Dozens of transition students from throughout the state have gained exposure to work and college life through a number of programs sponsored and presented by Vocational Rehabilitation Service this summer. The programs, held at various locations around Alabama, are designed to prepare students to transition to work and/or post-secondary education.    

JeffCo high schoolers begin Career Journey with stop at UAB (photo gallery)

More than 120 high school students from 30 Jefferson County schools are participating this week in “Money Express” at the Collat School of Business on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Money Express” was developed by Stephanie Yates, an associate professor in the UAB School of Business and director of the Institute ofContinue reading “JeffCo high schoolers begin Career Journey with stop at UAB (photo gallery)”

Employment training conference brings ‘Carnival of Careers’ to Andalusia (photo gallery + video)

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) hosted its 11th annual Employment Training Conference for area youth April 11 in Andalusia. The one-day training connected more than 240 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools with different and exciting employment opportunities to explore and expand their horizons within the community. Jobs in publicContinue reading “Employment training conference brings ‘Carnival of Careers’ to Andalusia (photo gallery + video)”

‘Mentoring Day’ preps Decatur-area high school students for next step (photo gallery)

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and Athens State University teamed up to host Mentoring Day, a transition event to prepare students with disabilities for life after high school. Approximately 130 students from nine area high schools attended yesterday’s event on the Athens State campus. Attendees participated in a career fair, campus tour, andContinue reading “‘Mentoring Day’ preps Decatur-area high school students for next step (photo gallery)”

‘Transition Unlimited’ unifies transition efforts statewide

A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provideContinue reading “‘Transition Unlimited’ unifies transition efforts statewide”

PETS training updates transition counselors

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 requiredContinue reading “PETS training updates transition counselors”

Thirty-five students graduate 2016 edition of Youth Leadership Forum (photo gallery)

Thirty-five students with disabilities are now graduates of this year’s Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). The 18th edition of the program took place last week on the campus of Troy University and was sponsored by ADRS. YLF is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focusContinue reading “Thirty-five students graduate 2016 edition of Youth Leadership Forum (photo gallery)”

Employment training conference awakens the work force (video, photo gallery)

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) sponsored a one-day employment training conference for area youth May 4 in Andalusia. Each year, the conference connects more than 150 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools with different and exciting employment opportunities to explore within the community. Former University ofContinue reading “Employment training conference awakens the work force (video, photo gallery)”

‘Transition Day’ readies students with vision impairments for next step (video, photo gallery)

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB), and the University of South Alabama (USA) teamed up to host Blind Transition Day, April 29, an event to prepare students with visual impairments for life after high school. Students attending Transition Day learned about the college experience from three panelsContinue reading “‘Transition Day’ readies students with vision impairments for next step (video, photo gallery)”

Teen Transition Career Fair draws crowd (photo gallery, video)

Students and teachers from schools throughout the Birmingham area gathered March 16 for Teen Transition Career Fair 2016. The half-day event was sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Exceptional Education Department and Career Technical Program of Bessemer City Schools. More than 300 students flocked to the Bessemer Civic Center to learn aboutContinue reading “Teen Transition Career Fair draws crowd (photo gallery, video)”

Students around state attend Smart Work Ethics training

Transition-age students around the state are participating in a new course that focuses on the development of the “soft” skills necessary to help them succeed in the workplace. The eight-part course – known as Smart Work Ethics – focuses on attitude and work ethic development; dress code, hygiene and grooming standards; interpersonal skills; problem solving and critical thinking; organizationalsContinue reading “Students around state attend Smart Work Ethics training”

New transition training boosts employability, communication skills

A new course for transition-age VR consumers focuses on the development of “soft” skills and other characteristics students need to remember as they seek to make an positive impression on future employers. Smart Work Ethics (SWE) is an eight-part comprehensive training series for workforce employability skills and is designed to deliver information and positively change behavior, attitudes, and workContinue reading “New transition training boosts employability, communication skills”

Teen Transition Clinic important piece of ADRS ‘continuum of services’

The transition to adult life is difficult, but it can be especially complicated for teenagers with disabilities. There are a number of challenges to consider: postsecondary education, work, family life, adult health care, functional independence and mobility, independent living, and recreation. In terms of transition, one size does not fit all. Each individual faces uniqueContinue reading “Teen Transition Clinic important piece of ADRS ‘continuum of services’”

Shelby County Career Prep program participants learn teamwork

The 2015 session of Shelby County Career Prep continues this week. The nine-day workshop, which began last June 2, prepares high school juniors and seniors with disabilities for the world of work. Last week, the students traveled to Camp McDowell in Winston County to participate in a number of fun activities designed to foster aContinue reading “Shelby County Career Prep program participants learn teamwork”

2015 edition of Youth Leadership Forum graduates 34

Thirty-four students with disabilities are now graduates of this year’s Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). The program, now in its 17th year, took place this week on the campus of Troy University and was sponsored by ADRS. On Wednesday, the students toured the state Capitol and attended a mentor luncheon at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery. YLF isContinue reading “2015 edition of Youth Leadership Forum graduates 34”

Students explore career options at Birmingham-area Transition Career Fair

Some 300 students with disabilities, parents, and educators attended today’s Teen Transition Career Fair held at Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham. Students and educators from Bessemer City, Birmingham, Fairfield, Homewood, Hoover, Jefferson County, Midfield, Mountain Brook, Tarrant, and Vestavia Hills school systems participated in the half-day event, which featured more than 75 exhibitors sharing informationContinue reading “Students explore career options at Birmingham-area Transition Career Fair”

North Alabama transition event prepares students for work world

More than 150 high school students from Limestone and Morgan counties recently participated in Transition Mentoring Day on the campus of Calhoun Community College in Tanner. The half-day event – sponsored by VRS and the North Alabama Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities – featured sessions on disability awareness, job interviewing skills, employment readiness,Continue reading “North Alabama transition event prepares students for work world”

Employment training conference encourages teens to outwit, outwork, outlast

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) sponsored a one-day employment training conference for area youth, held April 8 in Andalusia. The theme of the 9th annual conference was Survivor: The Employment Edition. The event connected more than 150 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools to several differentContinue reading “Employment training conference encourages teens to outwit, outwork, outlast”

Employers provide feedback at Transition Think Tank meeting

The Birmingham-area Transition Think Tank Committee held its quarterly meeting at the Jefferson County Workforce Development office building Dec. 11. The meeting featured panelists representing ACIPCO (American Cast Iron Pipe Company), Brookwood Medical Center, CEFA (Construction Education Foundation of Alabama), Lowe’s, and Regions Bank discussing issues that they face as employers. The meeting was designedContinue reading “Employers provide feedback at Transition Think Tank meeting”