Pre-Employment Transition

Making the transition from High School life to the real life is a difficult time for many.

WorkForce Central in coordination with Vadis Supported Employment Agency, and REACH are offering Pre-Employment Transition Services, funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

These services are available to young adults who meet the following qualifications:

  • Are currently enrolled in school
  • Are between the ages 14 and 21
  • Have either an IEP, 504 plan, or otherwise documented disability
  • Are not currently a DVR customer.

All secondary schools in Pierce County will have access to services, except for Mt. Tahoma and Steilacoom HS, who are served through another provider. Click here to find the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) liaison assigned to your school

STUDENTS

Prep for post-high school life

The Pre-Employment Transition program was created to help in-school youth make a smooth transition into the working world.

In this program, you’ll learn the many skills needed to be a successful employee, all while gaining real world experience. The program includes:

  • Workplace Readiness training
  • Individualized work-based learning activities
  • 90-hours of paid, work-based learning experiences (during the summer only)

Workplace Readiness Training

Vadis will be delivering DVR-approved curriculum designed to explore and address the following themes:

  • Vocational Interests and Skills
  • Building a Resume
  • Building Your Profile – Cover Letters, References, and Letters of Recommendation
  • Finding a Job using S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Submitting a Job Application
  • Interviewing – From Start to Finish
  • Mock Interviews
  • You’re Hired! Adulting 101
  • Best Practices, Attitude, & Behavior
  • Work-Life Balance

Work-Based Learning Activities

Individual Work Based Learning Activities are defined as activities which take place away from the traditional school setting that teach a student about various occupations and workplaces that are based on their vocational interests, including Job Site ToursJob Shadow Visits, and Informational Interviews. 

Paid Work-Based Learning Experiences

Paid Work-Based Learning Experiences means activities where a student is placed into a competitive, integrated work setting where they get paid the Washington State or local minimum wage, whichever is higher, to perform a non-permanent job at an employer’s worksite in accordance with Washington State Teen Worker Rules established by the State Department of Labor and Industries. 

TEACHERS

Schedule a visit to your classroom

Use the calendar to schedule a Liaison to visit your school and talk about one of the Pre-Employment Transition topics.

  • Vocational Interests and Skills
  • Building a Resume
  • Building Your Profile – Cover Letters, References, and Letters of Recommendation
  • Finding a Job using S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Submitting a Job Application
  • Interviewing – From Start to Finish
  • Mock Interviews
  • You’re Hired! Adulting 101
  • Best Practices, Attitude, & Behavior
  • Work-Life Balance

Schedule here

Find your school’s liaison

School District High School Designated DVR Liaison Email Address Phone
Bethel Bethel High School
Acceleration Academy
Challenger High School
Puyallup DVR Office: Elizabeth Oluwaleye oluwaee@dshs.wa.gov (253) 256-0173
Clover Park Clover Park High School
Lakes High School
Harrison Prep (6-12)
Open Doors
Tacoma DVR Office: Haley Gross grossha@dshs.wa.gov (253) 983-6536
Eatonville Eatonville High School Puyallup DVR Office: Stacy Ricker rickes@dshs.wa.gov (253) 256-0166
Fife Fife High School Tacoma DVR Office: Amy Diederich diedea@dshs.wa.gov (253) 983-6531
Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce High School
Washington High School
Gates High School
Tacoma DVR Office: Haley Gross grossha@dshs.wa.gov (253) 983-6536
Orting Orting High School Puyallup DVR Office: Elizabeth Oluwaleye oluwaee@dshs.wa.gov (253) 256-0173
Peninsula Gig Harbor High School
Henderson Bay High School
Peninsula High School
Tacoma DVR Office: Mishana Probst probsm@dshs.wa.gov (253) 983-6517
Puyallup Rogers High School
Puyallup High School
Emerald Ridge High School
Gateway Program
Walker High School
Advance Program 1
Puyallup DVR Office: Roseanne Morales moralr@dshs.wa.gov (253) 256-0167
Rogers: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Puyallup DVR Office: Karen Burke burkek@dshs.wa.gov Videophone:
(253) 693-2144
Chief Leschi High School Puyallup DVR Office: Stacy Ricker rickes@dshs.wa.gov (253) 256-0166
Sumner-Bonney Lake Bonney Lake High School
Sumner High School
Puyallup DVR Office: Roseanne Morales moralr@dshs.wa.gov (253) 256-0167
Tacoma Foss High School
IDEA
Lincoln High School
Oakland High School
Stadium High School
Wilson High School
Willie Stewart High School
Tacoma DVR Office: Mandy Kipfer kipfeaj@dshs.wa.gov (253) 983-6535
University Place Curtis High School
Curtis Bridge Program
Tacoma DVR Office: Haley Gross grossha@dshs.wa.gov (253) 983-6536
White River White River High School Puyallup DVR Office: Elizabeth Oluwaleye oluwaee@dshs.wa.gov (253) 256-0173

These services are made possible by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

DVR services are provided by State and Federal Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Funds. The VR program typically receives 78% in Federal funds and 22% in State funds. For detailed information on the dollar amount of Federal Funds for the program, please visit https://rsa.ed.gov/programs.cfm?pc=basic-vr&sub=awards.