School to Career Program
- Career awareness and exploration
- Pre-employment skills training
- Employment placement and follow-up for high school students in special education
- Independent living training
- Life After High School education options
- Paid and non-paid work experience
- Support and guidance from vocational staff
- WorkAbility was initiated in November 1981 as a pilot project to test the concept of work experience for youth with disabilities.
- WorkAbility continues to successfully conduct interagency coordination of services, which began with a September 1982 Employment Development Department, State Department of Rehabilitation and California Department of Education non-financial interagency agreement.
- Through a designation as one of the ten best transition programs of its type in the United States, WorkAbility has received national recognition of its success in matching young adults who have disabilities with employers who need workers.
- Redondo Beach Unified School District has been a part of the WorkAbility program since 1983
The mission of the WorkAbility program is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong learning and quality of life.
The High School WorkAbility program is designed to provide students receiving Special Education services in their secondary education program important and valuable school-to-career activities which will assist them in preparing for a successful transition to work and adult life. The program also may offer:
- Surveys which help students to explore their interests for future employment
- Career counseling
- Help with job placement
- Pre-employment training and preparation