Anderson Children's Foundation

PSUSD WorkAbility

Palm Springs Unified School District - WorkAbility Program

GradCON 2017 (2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017)

The Palm Springs USD WorkAbility (WA) grant program provides comprehensive training in work, employment placement and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work, independent living and post-secondary education or training. WA is funded and administered by the California Department of Education and offers special education students the opportunity to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills for success in the modern labor market. These services have been provided since 1988 to address the ongoing unemployment/underemployment of adults with disabilities.

To assist with the WA mission, GradCon is a one-day event for our high school juniors and seniors where students are immersed in an informational environment related to their life after graduation from high school. Students participate in workshops geared to their specific interests (college, work, vocational training). They gain information from community service providers and get answers to their questions in an upbeat, and effective setting. Last year, students and staff in attendance rated GradCon as a worthwhile and positive experience that should be continued. We are using their suggestions and ideas to make the 2017-18 GradCon program even better. Guest speakers include representatives from College of the Desert, Cal State University San Bernardino, Department of Rehabilitation, Job Corps, members of our local business community, and community resources in nutrition, fitness, and mental health.

Contact Person: Sheryl Deeds

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