Transition Network Training

Work Experiences for Youth Webinar Strand

October 2010 – February 2011

Target Audience

Transition Counselor

Archives of Webinars Available!
Recordings, handouts and PowerPoint slideshows from the Transition Webinars are archived and available for you to access at your convenience.


October 27, 2010

Role of Work Experiences in Guiding Careers

Presenter: Rich Luecking

Work is Good! The strongest predictor of post-school adult employment for youth with disabilities is real work experiences and jobs during the secondary school years. By participating in purposeful work experiences youth learn: skills at work; how to work; where they would like to work; what accommodations they might require in order to work; and how to produce at work to the satisfaction of current and future employers. This session will provide the rationale for work experiences, discuss the types and functions of work experience in career preparation, and show how transition professionals, teachers, and rehabilitation counselors can work together to insure that work experiences can set the stage for successful transition into adult employment for youth and young adults with disabilities.


November 12, 2010

Understanding the Types of Work Experiences

Presenter: Michael Callahan

This webinar will provide a discussion of the various types of unpaid work experiences that may be used in the transition of students with disabilities from school to adult employment. Over the years the common practice has been for transition personnel to simply develop a number of experience settings in the community with willing employers and to cycle students through the settings for a set time period. This webinar will examine useful distinctions that educators and rehabilitation personnel should consider to offer a series of experiences that become more individualized and customized as the student reaches the transition age from school to adult employment.


December 6, 2010

Selecting the "Right" Work Experiences with Youth

Presenter: Ellen Condon

This webinar will explore factors to consider in determining which work experience is the best use of time for an individual student at a particular point in time. The discussion will begin by determining the particular purpose of each work experience and the particular transition time line for this student. For example, if the student in their first year of high school and participating in their first work experience the purpose and timeline will be drastically different than if the are 20 years old and participating in their first work experience. Additionally we will explore what to teach in each work experience, what the student can learn and what the transition team can learn. How do we make the most of each work experience and best prepare youth with disabilities for productive lives?


January 20, 2011 ~ 2:00 - 4:00 pm EST/ 1:00 - 3:00 pm CST

Using Discovery vs Evaluation to Learn from Work Experiences

Presenter: Norciva Shumpert

Are you having trouble using "tests" to guide a consumer toward a career or a job? Join the next webinar on Work Experiences and Discovery. "Discovery" is defined as an alternative to traditional evaluations and how they relate to work experiences. The two strategies will be discussed along with clarifying the outcomes of work experiences. All persons in a work experience offer us information if the purpose of the work experience is clear from the beginning. Work experiences are often used to learn about the job seeker's interests in a career sector, contributions to an employer, and to learn both social and physical environments in which the job seeker excels. Work experiences are also sought to teach the job seeker targeted skills in his area of interest or to "catch" an employer's interest for a possible hire. This session will review how to target these outcomes and how to capture the information in a meaningful way to guide the job seeker toward a meaningful career.


February 10, 2011 ~2:00 - 4:00 pm EST/ 1:00 - 3:00 pm CST

Getting the Most out of Summer Transition Activities

Presenter: Kim Brown

Summer is an ideal time to expand transition activities for youth. There are fewer scheduling conflicts to avoid than during the school year, more jobs and work experience opportunities are available, and the break from classes offers a chance to test assistive technology in community settings. Perhaps most importantly, students who are involved in meaningful activities during their summers can gain 1 to 2 years of additional transition preparation time. This webinar session will explore ways to make the most of students' summer breaks to prepare them for life after high school. Examples of activities and skills to learn within the activities will be suggested, including volunteer work; community recreation, classes and activities; and summer jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities all with the goal of each student having a full and active day upon high school exit.


May 25, 2011 ~10:00 am- 12:00 pm EST/ 9:00 am- 11:00 am CST

Creating Workplace Partners through Work Experiences

Presenter: Dale Verstegen

This webinar will address strategies for setting up and sustaining work experiences that will lead to competitive placements and employer partnerships. We will discuss effective strategies for approaching employers, negotiating agreements on specific work experiences as well as supporting the employer and work experience participant. These strategies are designed to establish and maintain rapport with key employer partners in your community.