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i-Work - interest driven Transitional Work experiences

The i-Work Program is designed to provide interest-driven, community-based work experiences for students who demonstrate the ability to work independently. LABBB develops paid internships in the field of the student’s choosing and works with the company to identify a natural support person who will mentor the student. All company employed natural supports are CORI’d, understand the purpose of our program, and have agreed to participate as mentors. LABBB staff provide periodic site visits to support the experience.

The experiences are intended to help students:

·         Explore their vocational interests

·         Narrow their field of interest

·         Develop independent work skills

·         Develop specific job related skills

·         Begin to build a network

·         Build a resume

·         Collect work references

Students who attend academic and transitional classes will focus on connecting academic learning with employment and career readiness. In addition to academics aligned to the state curriculum standards, students will learn the skills needed to live and work independently.

Courses may include:

·         Travel training

·         Home management

·         Basic financial management

·         Self determination

·         Health and nutrition

·         Personal care

·         Social skill development/Social pragmatics

·         Problem solving/conflict resolution

·         MS Excel / Word / PowerPoint

·         Web 2.0

LABBB Educational Collaborative is committed to maintaining learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, limited English speaking ability, or homelessness. Determination of settings and time allocated toward vocational training activities is regardless of a student being a member of any of the aforementioned classes.