Career and Transition Services are activities that teach students the skills necessary to navigate transitions in their life such as the transition from the educational system to the workforce, post secondary training, or school. The goal of our education programs is to help students learn to envision a future that is productive, achievable, and stimulating. This goal is achieved through a combination of classroom training and worksite training. These coordinated set of transitional programs give students the opportunity to acquire the skills, aptitudes, and attitudes needed to successfully move from high school to post-secondary training, employment, and adulthood.
Students at the Sarah Dooley Center participate in a variety of programs to develop their career and transition skills. Students work with job coaches to achieve goals set out in the student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or determined in conjunction with the parent and school system. In addition, students have the chance to experience one of six training locations on the campus of St. Joseph’s Villa associated with the Career and Transition Services program, either through a campus internship or through Work Adjustment Training opportunities.
Training opportunities on campus include culinary services (which prepares more than 500 meals each day), recycling and waste management, materials/inventory management (including using barcode scanners), vehicle management (including auto detailing), environmental services, and the donation center (which is an on-campus retail environment). In addition to on-campus opportunities, students may take advantage of internships to explore specific interests and abilities.
E&R Sales is a national wholesale balloon distributor located in RIchmond, VA. They carry products like balloon weights, Ultra Hi-Float, helium regulators, curling ribbon and twister balloons. Through E&R Sales, our students have the opportunities to make gift packages, build and recycle boxes, and even learn to manage inventory.
Lewis Ginter boasts one of the most dynamic gardens in Virginia. Students have the opportunity to develop their gardening skills, explore the natural world through art, and harvest the Community Kitchen Garden.
Many people know Old Navy as a distributor of clothing and accessories. They provide thousands of jobs around the country and have helped shape our transitional program. They employee our students to fold clothes, check inventory, and stock shelves.
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