James M. Wiesen
Work Experience Coordinator / Vocational Adjustment Counselor
The responsibility of a Work Experience Coordinator / Vocational Adjustment Counselor is to ensure that students with disabilities have a supportive transitional program in place. Through a collaborative effort with staff, all students with Individual Education Plans complete interest inventories. Students research identified careers and are assisted in developing realistic transitional goals pertaining to post secondary education, employment and independent living skills.
In addition to receiving transitional guidance, identified students also participate in service programs within the St. Louis community. Basic work skills are developed and prove to be a pathway for success as our students transition from community service to paid employment opportunities through MERS Goodwill, Preferred Family Employment and St. Louis Arc.
Post secondary transition referrals to Vocational Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities agencies provide life time support for students which will assist them in becoming productive members of our community.
During this challenging time for our community coupled with the closure of schools, students are encouraged to explore transitional planning through on-line programming that features 1) interest inventories such as Career One Stop, Missouri Connections, ONET Interest Profiler and/or Strong Interest Inventory 2) practice completing job applications and 3) writing a resume. Case Managers will be forwarding assignments pertaining to points 1-3 on a weekly basis.
John Popp, Liaison with the University of Missouri Pre-Employment Services (Pre-ETS) will be contacting students regarding the 2020 summer work program.
Both students and parents can contact IDD Help, MERS Goodwill, Preferred Family Employment, St. Louis ARC and/or Vocational Rehabilition Services for additional transitional support.
For more information on noted points or transitional support services, feel free to reach out to me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.