DOR Awarded $8.5 Million Grant to Prepare Students with Disabilities for College, Employment

For Immediate Release

DATE: November 7, 2016
CONTACT: Michelle Basso Reynolds
Public Information Officer
PHONE: 916-558-5874
www.dor.ca.gov
www.noticeabilities.com

 

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AWARDED $8.5 MILLION GRANT TO PREPARE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FOR COLLEGE, EMPLOYMENT

Funding will support students with disabilities' transition to college and career

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) was recently awarded $8,526,988 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide on-the-job training to California students with disabilities. Funds will be used to design work-based learning experiences that prepare students for workplace success. DOR will introduce the project in four California regions and serve approximately 800 students with disabilities.

"Helping Californians with disabilities prepare for work is vital in the pursuit of meaningful employment," said DOR Director Joe Xavier. "This funding will greatly support California's ongoing efforts to provide quality employment-related services to students with disabilities.

The program will provide paid and volunteer career-focused work experiences to help students with disabilities gain entrance into post-secondary education and/or competitive integrated employment. The program will also include basic life skills training to assist with job readiness, such as computer literacy, and organization and communication skills.

To implement the program, DOR will be working with San Diego State University's Interwork Institute, Vallejo Unified School District, Whittier Unified High School District, Riverside County Office of Education and Health Sciences High & Middle College, as well as numerous community organizations and local businesses.

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