Mission Transition, Part of the Next Generation of LearnDoEarn
Building on the success of the LearnDoEarn Student Achievement System, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation was asked by educators to develop experiential workshops specific to the needs of students with special needs. Topics within Mission Transition are parallel to those in Target Work and the College and Career Ready Academy, but delivered at a pace and reading level appropriate to the target audience.
Developed by the business community and special education teachers, these engaging presentations, business simulations, dynamic discussions, competitive team games, and interactions with business people promote successful post-school employment and facilitate students’ transition to life after high school. Tough but honest messaging that uses the power of business people as students’ future employers helps motivate students and correct faulty assumptions.
This outcome-oriented program can address the vital component of transitional services that targets preparation for both integrated and traditional employment. Activities can be coordinated with transition/child study teams to address goals regarding apprenticeships, internships, and employment.
|Business Basics:||building a supportive environment, teamwork, general workforce information, addressing adults in the workplace, meeting protocols|
|Communications:||culture of school vs. business, language (writing, speech, body), attitude|
|Get Ready:||building a network; greeting people; habits to cultivate|
|The Hiring Process:||how to remain employable by developing valued skills|
|Apply Yourself:||mock interviews, online job application process|
|Market Yourself:||building/writing a basic résumé|
|The Interview:||interview protocols|
|Get Essential Skills:||define/prioritize 'soft' skills; self-evaluation|
|Self-Advocacy:||define, impact of self-image, perceptions of others, rights and responsibilities|
|Keep The Job:||behavioral protocols; work ethic; ethics; manners; work/life issues|
|The Firing Process:||reasons for dismissal|
|Financial Literacy:||definition; health related to wealth|