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Summer EmployAbility Program

Classes to take place on June 19 through July 1 and two weeks of work to take place on July 10 through 22.

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The 2022 Summer EmployAbility Program is for students 16-21. This year the program will be back on campus. It is aimed at students who are ready and willing to work and participate in two weeks of classes. Classes will include Employment Skills, Independent Living Skills and Orientation and Mobility/Community Safety. The program will accept four students, and jobs will be on-campus or virtual jobs done on campus. Two weeks of classes take place June 19 through July 1 and the two weeks of work will take place July 10-22.

Focus

The focus of this program will be on developing pre-employment skills that lead to employment in the community. Components of the program include researching jobs, creating a resume, learning about community safety, completing job applications, job interviewing, communicating with employers and coworkers, learning about requirements of various jobs and what type of qualities employers are seeking in a candidate

Who Will Benefit?

This program will benefit students who plan to live independently, work with no or minimal support, and/or attend a university, private, or technical college. This program is not part of a student’s IEP, nor any local district programming.

Eligibility

Students who are 16-21 years of age, who are blind or visually impaired and have attended high school in Wisconsin for the 2020-2022 school year, are eligible to participate. All students who sign up for the program will receive a certificate upon successful completion. The program is limited to four students with priority given to those who signed up for the 2020 on campus program.

Program Requirements

In order to participate in the program, students must commit to the full four weeks. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the program, which will take place on the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired campus in Janesville.

Podcast Interview

David Ballmann was interviewed about the EmployAbility program on episode 35 of the Badger News Podcast. You can listen to the interview here or find Badger News on your favorite podcast app.