Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) provide resources for students with disabilities to enhance their hard and soft skills and help them explore employment and education options in a wide range of settings. This is an opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or post-secondary training.
The five core services of Pre-ETS are listed below, along with examples of each core area.
Job exploration counseling
Discussion of students’ vocational interests
Review of local labor market and in-demand industries and occupations
Non-traditional employment options
Identification of career pathways of interest to the students
Work-based learning experiences
Apprenticeships and job shadowing
Paid and non-paid internships and/or work experiences
Counseling on postsecondary opportunities
Gaining awareness of career pathways
Promoting participation in postsecondary education
Attending college fairs and tours
Accessing services and supports from agencies that assist peoples with disabilities
Workplace readiness training
Receive training on communication, problem solving, and other specific social and interpersonal skills as well as independent living skills.
Instruction in self-advocacy
Training on self-awareness, disclosure of disability, and knowing individual rights and responsibilities.
Any student age 14 to 22 with an IEP or 504 plan is eligible for Pre-ETS.
As of January 2020, sites include Carroll, Columbia City, Homestead, North Side, Northrop, Snider, South Side, and Wayne high schools; Memorial Park Middle School; and Anthis Career Center.
Pre-ETS is also offered through Dream Teens, a program hosted by Easterseals Arc during summer, winter, and spring breaks.
For more information, contact Lucas Crager, program supervisor